December 19, 2015 … Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit*

At Pauatahanui, the water was not still.

Thrush and Rabbit

” … the carrots are great, but watch out for Mr McGregor”

The birds were hard to find, so I drove off. And then I stopped because there was a proliferation of rabbits on the grass by the shore on the Western side of Motukaraka Point. If you are of an anthropomorphic turn of mind, you might imagine a conversation between the rabbit above, and the song thrush, perhaps discussing the quality of Mr McGregor’s latest crop of carrots.

thrush

Song thrush

The thrush sat on a pipe gate for a while and that allowed me to get closer.

uma rapiti

… uma rapiti, uma rapiti, uma, uma, uma” (Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run, as learned by most kiwi kids as they begin to learn elementary Maori

There must have been at least a dozen rabbits on a very small patch of grass, reeds  and bracken, and though they were nervous they did not vanish as quickly as they have done on previous occasions.

That will be enough today.

  • Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943)
  • Thanks to my friends Judi and Neil who noticed the weird green cast on the pictures … now corrected
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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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One Response to December 19, 2015 … Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit*

  1. Pamela Rothschild says:

    As I realise the month is nearly finished and by the time I arrive in New Zealand it will be close to when I get to New Year, I thought I better so this now before I forget ( senior moment!!) I just want to say firstly Merry Xmas to you, your wonderful wife who has come up with good ideas for photos and places to go and your family. I know that you will be stopping the daily photos, I love them, its home, its places I know or have been to, its been lovely following your blog. I hope that you will continue perhaps on a watered down scale to produce your prose and the wonderful photos that you take. An idea Percy’s reserve, does it still exist or has Zealandia outshone it? In anycase, thank you, its been a plesaure being part of the adventure and I hope it continues in some form or another, take care Pamela

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