I Want to Live Here

Maybe not ALL the time. But SOME of the time. I realise That I will never live in a lighthouse for a year or even a month Spending my days staring out to sea Scribbling poetry in tattered, stained notebooks Ignoring reality in my search for something real Something tangible, eternal Something I can holdContinue reading “I Want to Live Here”

Smokestacks

There is a symmetry and a poetry and a rightness in all things. Even smokestacks. (This is not to imply that everything is perfectly all right with everything and we needn’t make improvements to anything.) (Nor should we come to the conclusion that smokestacks are a metaphor for life. They might be, but I’m notContinue reading “Smokestacks”

Milford Sound Waterfall

With travel, one is always taking a punt on the weather. And travelling around New Zealand, even moreso. This is my third trip to Milford Sound and it has been raining/overcast every single time. So it goes… Milford Sound is so breathtaking, it is hard to complain or feel short-changed in the least. But itContinue reading “Milford Sound Waterfall”

Working class cormorants

Despite our distance from Australia, we have quite a lot of sea-birds in common. Some were brought here, some fly high on air currents and jaunt back and forth every year. Some – who knows? They are here and they are there. These two cormorants are virtually identical to the ones we saw in Melbourne,Continue reading “Working class cormorants”

The terror of the Australian White Ibis

When wildlife goes very very wrong… Pigeons, seagulls, sparrows, robins and other urbanised birds don’t strike me as out of place – but the urbanised ibis – it just seems wrong. They are native to northern Australia but were introduced to the southern part of the country in the 60s and 70s. This fellow isContinue reading “The terror of the Australian White Ibis”

Diamond Princess Atrium

I’ve done a fair bit of cruising over the years, and I think the Diamond Princess is my favourite ship. It’s not too big – around 2500 passengers and probably around 1000 crew. That sounds like a lot but there are some twice the size. I’ve never been on one that big, so I can’tContinue reading “Diamond Princess Atrium”

Akaroa Fascination

I had to look it up – the meaning of the orange rose… fascination, attraction, falling in love… This particular rose is irresistible and just about perfect. And I am rather enamoured of its little friend, who is obviously attracted and possibly fascinated… I shot this in Akaroa, a port town on the South IslandContinue reading “Akaroa Fascination”