A friend and former colleague commented on how unusual it was for me to include images with people in.
Interesting thought. I already explained that I am never likely to be a street photographer, but I do quite a lot of family shots that rarely go beyond the walls. I don’t intend to make a habit of family album shots, or pets (I don’t have any). However, with permission of all concerned, here are a couple of exceptions to that policy. First, meet the youngest of my three grandsons, Otis.
He is just two, and already has the reputation of being “laid back” and a “cool dude”. I am very much enjoying his friendly demeanour, and having fun with him.
And then, his six-year-old sister Billie is a lovely child (as are all of my grandchildren). She is active, reads well and is fun to be with. She was very eager to show me how well she rides her bike. How could I resist such an invitation.
And just to throw a total curve ball, I include a self-portrait … albeit in an indirect kind of way. Billie was at school, so I was in Queenstown with their parents, Andrew and Abbie, and little Otis. Andrew was doing business, Abbey was shopping, and I was left in charge of the stroller with Otis in it. We found ourselves waiting for Abbey in a women’s sportswear shop, and the mirror was serving to keep Otis entertained, I sneakily pointed the camera at the mirror, and thereby snuck up on myself.
At this time of year, Central Otago is ablaze with flowering stonefruit and pipfruit trees. They are everywhere, and make a spectacular showing. As well as the pink and blue of the fruit trees, there are the yellows of Acacia and gorse, as well as red bushes unknown to me. This particular tree, however was standing apart in the middle of Queenstown and I thought it attractive.
Queenstown is definitely a different kind of town. It is the first place I have been where even the kindergartens have a bike rack, and all the slots have upmarket wooden framed “bikes” for pre-schoolers.
I think this is the pre-school equivalent of a car park full of BMW and Audis.
It’s all very interesting.