Matilde the She Boar

  Came upon this beautiful she-boar the other day. Very friendly, and would have been friendlier had I offered her a snack – though I have a policy of not feeding other people’s animals without their consent. Though disappointed, she was happy to pose for photos and didn’t seem to mind that I struggled withContinue reading “Matilde the She Boar”

Going to Church

Unexpectedly came up this tiny little church near Awhitu Central, on our way to the Manukau Head Lighthouse this past weekend. Thought we’d stop and take a few photos. I think God would like it here. These seat cushions are all hand-made, one of a kind. The little blankets you see over the pews areContinue reading “Going to Church”

‘Tis Matariki!

  Matariki – aka the Maori New Year – a more or less month long sort of celebration around the mid year/winter solstice. I lived here for a long time, ten years or more without every hearing about it, but it’s been gaining in popularity. Not sure if it’s a greater acceptance of Maori cultureContinue reading “‘Tis Matariki!”

Train bits go all steampunk

I just love how these bits and pieces of the trains turned out. Something about them just cried out for maximum saturation and super sharpness. The response has not all been favourable – some folks really dislike this treatment. I really like it. Do you? This will be the boiler and firebox of a locomotiveContinue reading “Train bits go all steampunk”

Trains

Finally got to work more on the train photos. And discovered the essence of the steampunk thing. I’d never paid more than a passing bit of notice to it – just didn’t get it. Until I started working on these photos – the colour palette, the endless bits and pieces and detail, the drama. SuddenlyContinue reading “Trains”

Train minutiae

Spent the day out at the Bush Tramway Club in Huntly, an hour and a bit south of Auckland. Very impressive club restoring, preserving and having fun with old trains. Their website is a bit dated (the guy who built it is also a locomotive driver and the club secretary – with no time toContinue reading “Train minutiae”

Lichen it, lichen it a lot

In addition to falling in love with wild mushrooms this winter, I have become fascinated by other fungi and also lichen. This was a particularly beautiful, very 3-dimensional specimen. I think it has an underwater quality about it, as well as appearing rather squiggly, don’t you think? Must be a hundred shades of olive inContinue reading “Lichen it, lichen it a lot”

Tree in winter

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years – I love photographing cold, naked trees. I admire their dignity, their stalwart stance in the face of all those frigid dark months, catching brief glimpses of a faded sun. They are so very beautiful. And somehow, a bit accusing, a bit threatening. They’re not happyContinue reading “Tree in winter”