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December 6, 2015 … a day of randomness

Sometimes it is hard work to extract a halfway decent image from opportunistic picture grabbing.

Heavy metal … waiting for the charity ride

A friend alerted me to another of those charity bike rides. You may have noticed that I rarely show pictures of people, so this didn’t excite me much. However, I thought that the combination of black leather and chrome and interesting engineering might be interesting. Sadly, I arrived there too early and just as the batteries in my camera went flat. Mirrorless cameras are notorious battery hogs, so of course I carry spares. Oh wait … I took them out   of my bag and can picture them sitting on my desk at home.

Striped longhorn beetle

At home, I was about to hang out some washing (I am semi-house-trained) when I spotted a beetle strolling about on the window of the conservatory at the back door. I believe it to be a striped longhorn beetle (Navomorpha lineata) the grubs of which burrow into live twigs.

By the river at Avalon (nothing to do with Boney M)

In the afternoon, I wandered looking for shots to grab, without much success. I was in the Avalon area of the Hutt Valley and saw the willows thrashing about on the river bank.  Perhaps a long exposure on the tripod might capture this and make the river look more interesting too. The trees are not out of focus, they are thrashing about under the lash of a stiff Northerly.

Rushing downstream

I looked downstream and tried a different angle. If you look closely, there is a man seated on the river bank enjoying the isolation.

That’s enough for now.




By 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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