August 20, 2013 … substitute subjects

Somehow, there are always new corners to discover, and surprises to find.

I prefer to set up an image or at least to go out with the intention of making specific kinds of image. When the starts of the show don’t turn up (kingfishers), I am forced to look for other things.

Moonshine valley is picturesque, but it runs in a North/South direction between very steep hills so much of it is in deep shadow, and where it does open out, there is little opportunity to park.  Anyway, I followed the road, seeing opportunities and storing them for a different time and different light, and then I came to the intersection of Bulls Run Road. I met this delightful group. There were about eight donkeys grazing in a small paddock beside a creek. I got out hoping for some “character” shots. I hadn’t reckoned on their curiosity, or perhaps they were hoping to be fed something more interesting. I had a long lens and they kept coming well within my minimum focusing distance. In the end I had to walk off up the road, and then turn to see them from further away. This quartet was so nicely lined up I could scarcely pass them by.

Donkeys in Moonshine Valley

They were intensely interested in my activities

Back at the inlet, despite the lovely conditions, my preferred targets were still absent, so I was on the verge of leaving when I saw a flock of Royal spoonbills grazing, silhouetted against the sun.

Near sunset, Royal spoonbills grazing

They look much more elegant in the air


They can be skittish, so I lay on my belly in the reeds and shot from a low angle. It was a delight to get so close to them.

Getting closer and lower

I haven’t often seen them in that part of the inlet

I have high hopes for tomorrow.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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2 Responses to August 20, 2013 … substitute subjects

  1. Ellen says:

    Lovely, lovely donkeys!
    What DID you say to them?

  2. Eye candy for me as I love donkeys, horses and mule! Melody

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