Forming an intention is a huge step towards action.
I like making images and I like blogging. However, as I mentioned yesterday, the daily obligation has been leading me down wrong paths. I had a long talk with my good friend Tony yesterday and he gave me some very useful insights about ways to make progress towards a new and more satisfying way of indulging in my love of making images. But even before I begin that transition, the very act of making a decision to change has helped me greatly. Wellington’s Botanic gardens have an annual display of tulips, and since I have photos of them at about this time from previous years, I decided to check on them. They seem to be a few weeks later than I recall from previous seasons, and though there was the odd rebel out of time with its bed-mates, they seemed for the most part to be a week or two away from blooming. Never mind, in the midst of the grey morning, there was a wind-swept bed of bright Iceland poppies waving at me.
Magnolias were putting on a great show, so a closer inspection was warranted. What attracted my attention most, however, was the convoluted structure of the trunk and branches. Amazing that such a grotesque tree should produce such stunning flowers.
Up in the garden’s slightly disreputable duck pond, the usually sullen water was decorated with fallen leaves from camellia and magnolia petals.
A few steps back from there, is a view of a small waterfall on the creek emerging from the bush and flowing into the duck pond. The Ponga fronds were thrashing about in the often strong wind gusts and I needed to catch the movement of wind and water.
My last shot for today was at the Western end of Lyall Bay. There is a Moai … a 3.5 tonne replica of one of the famous Easter Island statues gifted to New Zealand by the President of Chile to commemorate the connections of the Polynesian peoples of Rapanui and Aotearoa. It sits on the sharp red rocks of our South Coast and stares sightlessly Eastward towards Chile, unmoved by the surging water below.
That’s all until tomorrow.