September 3, 2015 … the load is lightened

Forming an intention is a huge step towards action.


No tulips, but the waving poppies offered brightness and movement.

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.


Underneath the magnolia

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.


Discarded party dresses float on the duck pond

Up in the garden’s slightly disreputable duck pond, the usually sullen water was decorated with fallen leaves from camellia and magnolia petals.


Movement in the bush, waving fronds and running water

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.


The long exposure stills the surging waves and lets us focus on the distant Moai

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.


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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3 Responses to September 3, 2015 … the load is lightened

  1. Toya says:

    Lovely set of images. By taking away the pressure of the daily blogging, you may well find your niche in photography. I look forward to seeing what you do. Well done on five years!

  2. nzvideos says:

    I have to agree with Toya – they are indeed a lovely set of images. Being able to have an end to the tunnel has probably freed you from the stress of having to do your daily. That said, know that I have enjoy your efforts and look forward to whatever you feel like sharing in the future.

  3. gcberger says:

    Ditto !!

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