Good friends can be the source of trouble.
This is because there is usually food involved. I met with a friend of very long standing (he gets stroppy if I refer to him as an old friend) for a very pleasant lunch at Waikanae yesterday, and after we had eaten we went to the lagoons at the Waikanae estuary. There were scaups and swans, shags and dabchicks and a veritable horde of swallows. Swallows are particularly challenging to photograph. They are fast and agile, and since they are chasing insects, they change speed, direction and altitude. I keep trying but rarely catch one close enough to make a good image. Even if I do get them in the viewfinder, they rarely stay there for long enough for the autofocus to work. so there is a great deal of luck involved. This is my best shot of the Welcome Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) in flight so far.
From there we went along to the Waimeha stream in the hope of seeing wading birds at the beach. The sun on the water made photography quite difficult, but worth a try.
As it turned out there were a few oystercatchers about but it was otherwise quiet. Ah well, in accordance with all the best recipes for the disposal of lemons I tried to make something of of a “high key” image with the tumbling surf as backdrop.
On the way home, I called in at the Southwards car museum. I have been there many times before and try always to make something of the juxtaposition of so much polished paint and gleaming chrome. A cluster of Mercedes-Benz cars with a Rolls-Royce Phantom V and a huge Hispano-Suiza seemed like a place to start.
There are so many superbly restored cars there that it is hard to keep track of which ones are the most spectacular. For pure Italian flair, this wonderful Bugatti saloon is among my favourites.
Few people these days are familiar with the Stutz racing cars and since this one dates back to 1915 that’s no surprise . It looks purposeful, doesn’t it?
Something different tomorrow.