November 1, 2014 … infinity in the palm of your hand*

There are no snow-capped mountains nearby.

Dead tree

Beauty in a dead tree

























For all that, I still look for the beauty all around me in the everyday world I call home. A week away in scenic grandeur has increased the challenge in some ways, but has made me more aware of the genius of William Blake. Things I drive past regularly are suddenly more visible. This tree trunk on the Haywards hill suddenly revealed itself as a rata … look at those roots coming down the side of the original host.


This kingfisher is representative of a larger population

From there I looked at Pauatahanui Inlet on the Motukaraka Point , hoping for kingfishers. There was one, though it didn’t move while I was there. Still, I just wanted to let them and you, dear readers, know that I am still interested.


Across the wildlife reserve

But I was tired, and not up for a long stay, so I turned towards home. The sea of waving salt grasses made me pause along Grays Rd.


Among the reeds at low level

Though there is seemingly no subject, I like the patterns set up by the grass. However I tried to get closer so I put the camera down at the level of the mud and tried for a bird’s-eye view, assuming that it was a wading bird in the pond. Blake was right*. There is a whole world down there in each grain of sand.

Goodnight all.

*Auguries of Innocence by William Blake





About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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