Category Archives: History

May 15, 2019 … grinding of teeth

I spend a lot of time agonising over my photographic ability. I get lots of positive feedback from you, gentle readers and I thank you for it. But my severest critic remains unsatisfied. My best images still fall far short … Continue reading

Posted in adversity, Architecture, Art, Bees, Cook Strait, flowers, harbour, History, Maritime, Reflections, Rivers, Trees, Wellington | 9 Comments

October 11, 2018 … self-inflicted injury

I have spent most of my free time in the last month,  judging competitions for camera clubs. That amounted to a carefully considered written paragraph for each of 168 images. I needed to be mindful of each photographer’s sensitivity while … Continue reading

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March 17, 2018 … more than just the best of a bad lot

Introspection can be cruel. I have a habit of using Adobe’s collection management tools to identify and categorise the images that I like best.  It is clear that I am not being critical enough. For example, I have kept 906 … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Architecture, Camera club, Cook Strait, History, Island Bay, Landscapes, Light, Maritime, Moon, mountains, night, Sunset, Weather, Wellington | 4 Comments

October 13, 2017 … around the region and further afield

Sometimes I have to work hard to find an image in otherwise drab circumstances, However, sometimes the effort pays off. We have had a lot of grey weather recently, but even in such circumstances I love our city. Even in … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Architecture, Camera club, History, Landscapes, Light, Otaki, Paremata, Santa Rosa, sunrise, Sunset, Weather, Wellington | 4 Comments

August 24, 2017 … across the hill and down the other side

It seems I have let time get away on me again. Since I last wrote I have spent a lot of time trying to improve my ability to see things in creative ways. Sometimes it works, and sometimes the seeing … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Birds, Haywards Hill, History, Landscapes, Machinery, Maritime, Martinborough, Wairarapa | 2 Comments

October 5, 2016 … the sun comes back again

There was a dinner in town for my friend, PhD supervisor and former colleague, Emeritus Professor Pak Yoong to mark the occasion of his retirement. Several of us who were successfully navigated by him to our doctorates gathered to honour … Continue reading

Posted in Academic, Architecture, Camera club, History, Kelburn, Landscapes, Light, Military, Paekakariki, Railway, Weather, Wellington | Leave a comment

July 27, 2015 … darkness and hope

Yesterday we came home passing through Christchurch. Since the devastating earthquake on 22 February, 2011, 1,616 days have passed. Human expectations vary, but for those who don’t live there, it comes as a shock to see how much, and how … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Christchurch, History | 2 Comments