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Kicking Around Brooklyn in the Snow

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I’ve been beating myself up lately for neglecting this blog… sigh… the reality is I’ve been doing so much travel and making so many pictures, I’ve really not had the time to develop or share them. Just got back from the US on Saturday. There’s over a thousand photos to process…

Let’s start with a Fabulous Snowy Day in Williamsburg! We rented an Air BnB apartment on Berry St and waited for the world to happen. The World did not disappoint!!!

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It’s kind of sad that the smokers are really the only ones out there savouring the moment. Everyone else was in a rush to get somewhere out of it.

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Looking down the street.

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And up the street!

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And just not going to be going anywhere, really… Better get back inside where it’s warm. (And I mean warm! Why are all New York apartments so bloody hot???)

I just love Williamsburg 🙂

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26/03/2015 at 11:30 am

Even the flowers are depressed

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Wintergarden-fb-18I’ve had enough of winter already, thank you thank you…

It’s never really been my cuppa, even when I was a kid in the northern hemisphere in the wilds of upstate New York where the snows fell 4 feet deep and snowdays meant you got to play outside in it all day long in the middle of the week. Yeah, for me it meant the other kids would leave me alone while I curled up in bed with a book.

But that was then and this is now and there is no snow, no endless expanse of white to gaze at in the morning. Instead it’s this endless y-light, the colour of the light that manages to squeeze itself through heavy blanketing rainclouds, fat a soggy with endless drops of rain. Endlessly dreary and sad and cold and damp and, well… duh… I’m not enjoying it.

Hauled myself over to the Wintergarden in the Auckland Domain today and discovered the flowers are feeling pretty much the same as I am about the whole thing. Kinda wretched, kinda beautiful… we’ll all be happy when October gets here… but that’s sooooooooooooooo far away!


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13/07/2014 at 2:22 am

Lichen it, lichen it a lot

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lichen-1In 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 in here…

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05/07/2013 at 9:29 pm

Tree in winter

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Island Tree

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 happy at all.

This tree, towering from its little island in the middle of a little pond, keeps watch over a stretch of lang along the Clutha River. It doesn’t miss a thing.

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05/07/2013 at 1:51 am


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28/06/2013 at 1:26 am

Winter never ends

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23/06/2013 at 7:56 am


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Wanaka5-104pWe’ve been coming down at the start of winter every year since 2008 – and finally, finally – we have snow!!! Gorgeous, beautiful, wonderful snow! Snow makes me happy!


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21/06/2013 at 10:49 pm

Wanaka’s Famous Tree

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Wanaka2-18Holidaying down in Wanaka this week. The best week of the year… It’s been most gloomy and rainy… and the weather service is promising snow tomorrow! Could I be more happy?

This tree is 5-6 metres out in the lake. I photograph it every year – this might be the ultimate shot. What do you think?


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19/06/2013 at 10:48 pm

Alpine Dawn

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It’s actually a bit after dawn, the sun still very low in the sky, the mist rising from the lake, shuffling along like an old man on his first trip to the loo for the day.

For those who are used to more regular posts, I do apologise – it just seems I’ve lost my mojo for the moment – don’t know where it’s got to. I try to come up with an image and a few words and nothing works. It’s flat or feels forced or simply dull or been done a thousand times before. I do hate that feeling, though by now I know it will pass.

In the meantime, I give this one a merit… but when I merit’s all you can come up with, maybe it’s the thing you have to go with. And there’s no shame in that…

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20/08/2012 at 8:38 pm

Tawhai Falls

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The worst thing about travel photography is that you haul around every last piece of equipment you own just in case you need it.

The best thing about travel photography is that you haul around every last piece of equipment that you own because that filter you thought you had to have, but never used because you don’t do that kind of thing at all is right there – just when you need it most. Yes, there I was trekking down some forsaken path through the bush, hauling it all (though my husband was kind enough to carry my tripod…) clambering over wet rocks, setting it all up, including those neutral density filters, for a nice, long exposure that would soften the water and make the whole thing dreamlike.

I like it. In the summer, I think I might like to go for a dip, let those waters pour over my head and shoulders.


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09/08/2012 at 11:58 pm

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