November 6, 2015 … hidden treasure

A fellow photographer alerted m to the presence of some dotterels at Eastbourne.


Decaying driftwood

It was a beautiful day, so that’s where I went. For quite a while I saw nothing. I sat as still as possible and looked around, and to fill in time photographed some decomposing driftwood. I am sure there must be a correct technical description for this process of decomposing in what looks like a crystalline structure.


Banded dotterel

And then I heard it. Though I had hoped to see the new season’s chicks, the beautiful little banded dotterel was a joy to behold.


This one bobbed up and down to ensure I was following it rather than going near the chicks.

It was clearly aware of me and judging by its little dance it was trying to divert my attention from the nest which is usually nothing more than a shallow scrape in the shingle. Since I did not wish to cause any distress I left it at that, but may try again this weekend.


If you click to enlarge, and look closely you should see lots of domestic fireworks

New Zealand as a former British colony still celebrates Guy Fawkes Day (Nov 5), commemorating the failed plot in 1605 to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and to assassinate King James I. This is traditionally observed with bonfires and fireworks. In New Zealand, at least, legislation has become increasing restrictive as to the power and type of fireworks able to be bought and set off by ordinary members of the public. Across the valley, there were lots of eruptions of skyrockets and cascading sparks, but they were scattered far and wide. In my effort to capture the scene, I mounted the camera on a tripod, made six exposures each of about 40 seconds and then blended them together in Photoshop. The result should show the various explosions over a four or five-minute period. Of course the low powered rockets are nothing like the explosions of a public display.

That’s enough for today.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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One Response to November 6, 2015 … hidden treasure

  1. dennisw77009 says:

    Hoping to be encouraging as you head to the finish of your 5 year photo-a-day adventure/marathon, and obviously with much more time on my hands than you, I’ve calculated you’ve reached 97% of your goal. This of course takes into account the extra day in the 2012 leap year .😃

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