Saturday, February 18, 2017

Luminate festival collage

Aaah Luminate you're beautiful! What an amazing vibe in a gorgeous setting with fun people.  Bare feet and music, walks in the forest with no flushing loos or wifi. So much love and goodness shared.  Great value noms as well. Here's a little glimpse of pics taken with the 'halo' filter turned on phone. 

Return from a magical journey to Wellington 'summer'

Pencarrow lighthouses from the ferry home 

Saturday, January 7, 2017


A few photos from the wonderful outdoor biannual exhibition 2016



Poneke to Pauatahanui inlet

Please click on the image to see it large.

Wow what a view!  Looking south to west from Boulder Hill, Belmont Regional Park, Wellington, NZ.

Tiger eyes meets light bokeh

This was a bit of a fluke while making collages in a layout app.  I like the way the shadows partially line up drawing my eye in to the boys eye. He was standing by the side of the road at a rest stop in Rajasthan, India. I see serious sadness in his an intense gaze and I am reminded of my good fortunes.  

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Te Ahumairangi Hill with Baxter [and Mike]

View over Poneke (Wellington) towards the airport in the distance

That tongue! Baxter the Irish Setter was a little warm. 

Mr Beautiful posing

 A little windswept with his new 'friend' attempting to jump on.

New games to learn!

North east towards the Hutt valley 

Model dog

What a lovely afternoon catching up with Mike and enjoying the great views.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Aw this made me feel good, I received mail from Flickr HQ saying my photo "Bella Lobelia" is being used on the front page of the flowers group.  YAY!!  Another small thing to be grateful for! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Reminder to self ...

Finish watching this video! - unbusy

I like the idea of ensuring that everyday contains 
vitality, connection & contribution.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mixed feelings ...

Loving being vegan for my soul feels free, no longer stepping on those lives I crushed with my imbibing.  Now I'd like to live in a place where others feel the same. It's tough to see animal flesh raw and encased on a bench, smoking on a barbecue and being chopped into pieces before being chewed on. It's sad for me because I trace that piece of meat back to a poor dear little soul who was killed prematurely.

Not that I am holier than though though I did still use the bees wax insect repellent rather than get bitten by sand flies. Next time I shall take a vegan one.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Having a bit of fun with Canva

Fun with Canva using a photo of a bunch of pens I had removed from the collection that congregates on the bench ... I liked the mix that came out ... there was a black and a white one too!

A Rendering

I can't remember where I made this (oops!) but found it in the archives so thought I'd share.  As you do ... as I do!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blockheads ignore externalities for our peril

I read about one and then the other ... makes me very sad for the longevity our world that so many humans appear infinitely capable of ignoring significant signs and going ahead with hideous crimes against nature and diversity for profit.  I guess the problem remains that capitalism itself is not sustainable so why should any of it's mechanisms be?

Greenpeace New Zealand - our government the blockheads again

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Front Lawn's movie

I remember watching this in the 90's and thinking it was really well done.  Great to see it again Linda's body

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Angel vegan

Angel vegan on nothing humane happens at a slaughterhouse

It's time for the next step ... for too long I have tried to forget that for every piece of cheese, every spoon of sour cream and every sup of milk that a little calf gave it's life for me to have that milk that was meant for him or her.  I've tried to pretend that it was OK.  

Angel vegan's posts made me realise that I had to change.  Made myself watch her sometimes gruesome feed. BECAUSE it is what happens and it helped cement for me that I don't want to be any part of it.  I don't want to be a part of any animal suffering.  Geez I resist digging the garden in case I will kill worms et al.  

I don't have much time for humans who argue with me as to why their meat eating is justified somehow.  When I first went vegetarian I wished I could have said I had been vegetarian for many years. I can now but it's it's not enough, I still contribute.

So vegan she goes ... 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Antipodes Oriental Parade

A walk along Wellington's Oriental Parade is always a pleasure on a nice day. The lovely golden sand and beautifully turquoise-blue water always bring a smile to my face. 

Update: I've just had this one printed and it's on our wall.  Sweet!

a (very) brief history of aotearoa

By Kereama Taepa

a very brief history of aotearoa comprises four aluminium pieces in pixelated 'space invaders' icons in the form of 
  • a Maori meeting house representing the original Maori habitation of New Zealand
  • a mitre, representing Christian missionaries and early European settlement
  • a crown representing the Queen of Britain and New Zealand and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between the Crown and Maori
  • "The Beehive" representing our current government 

This is the fifth installation of in the biannual 4 Plinth Sculpture Project. The temporary nature of the works is a great opportunity for established and emerging artists to realise a major public sculpture, with all the challenges of scale and robustness needed for this tough environment and highly visible public space.

Below is an older exhibit - Rita Angus Used to Grow Her Own Vegetables
by Glen Hayward
Rita Angus Used to agree Her Own Vegetables

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Our watchful guardian

While feeding the birds this morning a new visitor flew right by me then banked swiftly into a 360° turn to land in the ponga tree between me and the house.  I couldn't believe it!  Our neighbour had told me a couple of days ago that there was a ruru sitting in the tree below their house so I'll have to assume she's continued to hang out in the area (the ruru that is!).

The other birds were rather vocal about her presence with two making a squawky warning sounds. Not surprisingly as the ruru was likely hunting them. Ruru are usually nocturnal so very unusual to see her out at this time of day (around 7.45am (dawn was 6.52am)).

She sat on the ponga branch for a while and watched the blackbirds eat kiwifruit not even too bothered by my presence and when she looked directly at me I was stoked as, what a look!!  She kindly waited for me to go and get my camera and again looked straight at me for the shot.

Rather special as the ruru (also known as more-pork) is New Zealand's only surviving native owl and although we hear them often this is only the second one I've seen in 11 years here.  I was on a natural high for some time after this wonderful encounter.  Woohoo.

I've named this photo our watchful guardian because In Māori tradition the morepork was seen as a watchful guardian. It belonged to the spirit world as it is a bird of the night. 

Reference: Department of Conservation - ruru

Less cropped version with the hose behind!

Monday, June 27, 2016

No object implies the existence of any other

No object implies the existence of another

By Ian Burn 1967. Synthetic polymer paint on wood, mirror and lettering.
Seen in the Art Gallery of NSW central Sydney. 

I love the view this gave into perhaps another world? 

On my last work trip in Dec last year I managed to steal an afternoon to walk around the Botanical Gardens and the Art Gallery of NSW. A lovely gallery and it would have been nice to spend longer there but the warm summer sun beckoned.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

One for the eye hurters club

The rather bright result of taking a photo of an old water colour painting and fooling around with the colours in photoshop.