Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 30, 2015 … half the year gone

A string Northerly cleared the cobwebs yesterday. Nothing really caught my imagination, but since I was near the airport, I went up Wexford Road and up the little hill that looks down the runway from the North and East. The … Continue reading

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June 29, 2015 … waves and wind

The stillness ended. Sunshine continued. The day seemed too nice to waste, so Mary and I went to Palmer Head at the harbour entrance, and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the lee of a large flax bush. As we ate … Continue reading

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June 28, 2015 … on a good day, it can’t be beat

Wellingtonians everywhere say it. “You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.” It’s a defiant catch cry that tacitly acknowledges that we have more than our fair share of wind and rain, but says the good days make up for … Continue reading

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June 27, 2015 … seize the day

Another day of flat calm and mostly blue sky. These are opportunities not to be missed. Miffed by my failure with the kingfishers the previous day, I went back to the inlet to try with the Canon. Wrong tide and … Continue reading

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June 26, 2015 … still there is stillness

Stillness persists. Against my expectations, yesterday remained still, so I went to Pauatahanui. To my great joy there were half a dozen kingfishers in the big tree, diving repeatedly for crabs in the calm water. Sadly, I had left the … Continue reading

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June 25, 2015 … still, chill and cold

Severe cold is a rarity in New Zealand. A weather system over New Zealand at present is bringing snow and chilly weather to the South Island with temperatures around -20C. This may seem almost temperate to my Canadian friends, but … Continue reading

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June 24, 2015 … getting bloomin’ close

More rain yesterday had an influence on my choices. I decided to take my new macro lens for a walk and went to the Begonia House in Wellington’s splendid Botanic Gardens. I should note that yesterday’s exercise came nowhere near … Continue reading

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June 23, 2015 … what sharp teeth you have

Digital photography changed things. When I was shooting Kodachrome, all those years ago, every push on the shutter represented a significant portion of my photographic budget. Since digital, electrons are (approximately) free, so  I can keep pushing the shutter. At … Continue reading

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June 22, 2015 … exploring the South

Looking for a different viewpoint is a constant challenge. I usually set out  with a very vague idea of where I shall go, and tend to turn towards the conditions of light or circumstances that might make a good image. … Continue reading

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June 21, 2015 … midwinter according to the calendar

The worst is yet to come. Bad weather provides an incentive to do indoor things, so yesterday, Mary and I went to the national museum, Te Papa, to see the ANZAC exhibition, “The Scale of Our War“. Mounted by Weta … Continue reading

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