Atereta, an NZ Falcon - Well on her way to a full recovery and a return to life in the wild. What an amazing creature!

Atereta – NZ Falcon

"Atereta, an NZ Falcon - Well on her way to a full recovery and a return to life in the wild. What an amazing creature!

New Zealand Falcon - Ozzie, one of the inhabitants of the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre just outside Rotorua.

New Zealand Falcon

Ozzie – one of the inhabitants of the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre just outside Rotorua. This was the highlight of our weekend away, exploring the lesser known attractions of Rotorua…

Through the Redwood Grove - This is either the way to or away from the Hangarua Spring, which I posted a couple of days ago. These are the California Redwoods planted here about 100 years ago – and everything grows really fast in New Zealand, especially it seems, things from California.    The path was soft under our feet as we walked – like a carpet, only more magical…

Through the grove

Through the Redwood Grove

Defiance - Why else would a naked tree be standing out there, in the face of a coming storm?

Defiance

Defiance - Why else would a naked tree be standing out there, in the face of a coming storm?

Another orchid?  Been feeling a little ‘dry’ lately – no flashes of inspiration or unexpected revelations. Going to go with the very safe and lovely cymbidium from the orchid show I went to last week.  Went to a great exhibit today, Wildlife Photographer of the Year – very inspirational, but also, sorta puts me in my place because there is no way on earth I’m hopping into Arctic waters in my snorkel gear to get up close and personal with a swimming polar bear. No… not in a hundred lifetimes…

Another orchid?

Another orchid? Been feeling a little ‘dry’ lately – no flashes of inspiration or unexpected revelations. Going to go with the very safe and lovely cymbidium from the orchid show I went to last week. Went to a great exhibit today, Wildlife Photographer of the Year – very inspirational, but also, sorta puts me in my place because there is no way on earth I’m hopping into Arctic waters in my snorkel gear to get up close and personal with a swimming polar bear. No… not in a hundred lifetimes…

Waikumete Sunset

My Best Sunset Photo ever

Waikumete Sunset

Misty river morning - Winter has taken on a dreamy surrealistic feel. We've never had more rain than this. Endless pounding of rain on the roof; bending, arching trees; a Y-light you can almost see through to a world that seems almost there. Frozen feet and the electric blanket turned up high... I am so very over it about now, thank you. The solution? Head for the snow - a bit of 'proper' winter always cheers me up!

Misty River morning

Misty river morning - Winter has taken on a dreamy surrealistic feel. We've never had more rain than this. Endless pounding of rain on the roof; bending, arching trees; a Y-light you can almost see through to a world that seems almost there. Frozen feet and the electric blanket turned up high... I am so very over it about now, thank you. The solution? Head for the snow - a bit of 'proper' winter always cheers me up!

I caught the moon! In a case of en flagrante dilecto, in what would have been broad daylight… there she was, the moon, a brazen hussy eclipsing the sun in the middle of an otherwise ordinary Wednesday… I know I should have averted my eyes, but I just couldn’t tear myself away – not until it was all over.    Whew!

I caught the moon …

I caught the moon! In a case of en flagrante dilecto, in what would have been broad daylight… there she was, the moon, a brazen hussy eclipsing the sun in the middle of an otherwise ordinary Wednesday… I know I should have averted my eyes, but I just couldn’t tear myself away – not until it was all over. Whew!

Ngongotaha on Lake Rotorua -   This idyllic scene was a few minutes walk from our motel in Ngongotaha (Non-ga-ta-ha – really, it’s easy once you know how!)   The lake was a bit rough, which didn’t bother the swans (they are tiny, but just to the left of the yellow buoy) or the trout, which were swimming madly, to the delight of the local fisherpersons. Me, I want this little boat – just a little something to go toodling out for an afternoon’s pleasure… Or – I’ll just be content with this…

Ngongotaha on Lake Rotorua

Ngongotaha on Lake Rotorua - This idyllic scene was a few minutes walk from our motel in Ngongotaha (Non-ga-ta-ha – really, it’s easy once you know how!) The lake was a bit rough, which didn’t bother the swans (they are tiny, but just to the left of the yellow buoy) or the trout, which were swimming madly, to the delight of the local fisherpersons. Me, I want this little boat – just a little something to go toodling out for an afternoon’s pleasure… Or – I’ll just be content with this…

Torch-Painted Tree - This tree was in a dark, pretty much deserted, carpark on Saturday night. There were a few streetlights a few blocks away, but other than the stars, there was no other source of light. I pulled out my tripod and set up my camera and did a long exposure, but the tree was still dark and the street lights were blown out. My husband had just bought a new high-powered torch, and I cajoled him into 'painting' the tree from me while the shutter was open.  Not bad, eh?

Torch-Painted Tree

Torch-Painted Tree - This tree was in a dark, pretty much deserted, carpark on Saturday night. There were a few streetlights a few blocks away, but other than the stars, there was no other source of light. I pulled out my tripod and set up my camera and did a long exposure, but the tree was still dark and the street lights were blown out. My husband had just bought a new high-powered torch, and I cajoled him into 'painting' the tree from me while the shutter was open. Not bad, eh?

A break in the clouds - It was perfectly grey, all shades of grey – grey clouds, grey water, grey breakers. No sunset at all. And then, just as we were packing up to go home the clouds parted just a bit. Just enough.

A break in the clouds

A break in the clouds - It was perfectly grey, all shades of grey – grey clouds, grey water, grey breakers. And then, just as we were packing up to go home the clouds parted just a bit.

Akaroa fascination - I had to look up the meaning of the orange rose -fascination, attraction, falling in love. This particular rose is irresistible and just about perfect. 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 Island about an hour from Christchurch. The French had the idea of claiming the south island and settled here - giving the town a particular charm and flavour. And beautiful…

Akaroa Fascination

Akaroa fascination - I had to look up the meaning of the orange rose -fascination, attraction, falling in love. This particular rose is irresistible and just about perfect. 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 Island about an hour from Christchurch. The French had the idea of claiming the south island and settled here - giving the town a particular charm and flavour. And beautiful…

Pied Cormorant - Melbourne is a city full of reflections – everywhere I turned it seemed there was another version of everything. Here is a pair of pied cormorants enjoying the sunny day. The sky really was this mad shade of blue.

Pied Cormorants

Pied Cormorant - Melbourne is a city full of reflections – everywhere I turned it seemed there was another version of everything. Here is a pair of pied cormorants enjoying the sunny day. The sky really was this mad shade of blue.

Baby Gannet - had to share this one wee pic of a mum and baby gannet… it’s just so very sweet… and so nice to see some results after all mating we witnessed on our previous visits…

Baby Gannet

Baby Gannet - had to share this one wee pic of a mum and baby gannet… it’s just so very sweet… and so nice to see some results after all mating we witnessed on our previous visits…

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