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May 8, 2016 … stillness and water

Most days since I last wrote, I have made pictures, but most pictures were fairly ordinary.

Roses all the way

A bouquet of flowers for mothers’ day arrived, and I hijacked them, using the TV screen as a background. I confess to focus-stacking to achieve sharpness front to back.

The boatsheds at Hikoikoi reserve. We seem to have acquired some visitors … two more boats than usual.

It may have become apparent over the years that I am irresistibly drawn to reflections on still water. Combine that with the warm light of a setting sun under a nearly clear sky and I am ready to go.

Golden glow

From the estuary around to the marina. I have made many images there over the years, in rain and shine, by day and at night. Conditions alter so much that I shall always regard each new day as an opportunity for a new image even if the subject is the same.

Looking back towards the Tararuas from Otaki Beach

Today (Mothers’ Day), Mary and I set out for Otaki Beach. The bird life was plentiful and varied, but mostly at a distance. That left me with the opportunity for a landscape at the estuary of the Otaki River.

Skylark waiting for its lunch to come within range

As we drove towards the beach for lunch, I spotted this little skylark perched on one of the boundary posts at the edge of the lagoon. I coasted to a stop and wound Mary’s window down, and took this shot through her window. The insect to the right was unaware of the danger it was flying towards. The skylark, on the other hand was on full alert, and as the insect came into range it was snapped up with one movement of the head, and was seen no more.


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.

2 replies on “May 8, 2016 … stillness and water”

Since you have no longer been under the pressure of submitting something daily, in my opinion, your technical and artistic quality has noticeably increased and today’s is an excellent example of that. Many thanks for sharing, Brian.

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