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Upturned Willow, Lake McGregor

I’m in Tekapo for the weekend, taking photos of the stars and the facilities at Mount John with the University of Canterbury. After taking photos of the visitors touring the telescopes, I decided to head up towards Lakes Alexandrina and McGregor to take shots of the autumn colour. I saw this upturned willow from the shores of Lake McGregor, so I caught it with my new Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8 lens. Oh lordy, what an optic! I think we’re going to have fun together. This shot reminds me of an inverse of ‘that tree’ in Lake Wanaka. The skies weren’t […]

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Room to Run

When you’re a little dog, the world is your oyster… I met Tess here photographing at Stonebridge, a new client of mine in Geraldine. She’s a boisterous little thing – crazy for footballs and balloons, and occasionally chasing a stray duck or two, should they wander from the safety of the glorious pond here in the gardens. Not long after photographing [s]Tess[/s] the venue, we had a handful of Chinese tourists keen to wander around the garden and take some photos. Like me, they too are heading down to Tekapo over the weekend, so we compared notes in very […]

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Flood Prevention, Kowhai Stream

It’s been yet another glorious day with sunshine from dawn to dusk.  [url=http://blipfoto.com/daring2go]Daring2Go[/url] popped in on her way back home this afternoon (lovely to see her again after her trip south) and we sat outside and had lunch. What a treat at this time of year. For most of the afternoon our quiet here has been punctuated with the intermittent beep of a reversing alarm from below us down in the bush as heavy machinery cleans out excess shingle from the bed of the Kowhai Stream. The local residents, the district council and regional council are coming together in […]

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Amanita mascara – Fly Agaric

The path down the side of the house is a bit of a mushroom alley – being on the shady south side of the house, covered by a bush canopy, the mushrooms have a perfect environment. Fly agaric (Amanita mascara) seem to be the dominant species but I’m sure I’ll find more. We had the pest eradicator around today to give us an assessment of our rat problem. That’s the only thing with living surrounded by bush, we have rats in the roof cavity and others keen to get into the walls. While he was with us, a baby […]

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Afternoon Tea & Pikelets

There’s been a hive of activity up on the hill here today as our landlord Mr D came up to do the repairs on the deck and to prepare for the retaining wall at the back of of the house. Ably supported by R, over from the Coast, they made great progress, getting the ground work done ready for the new structure. Mrs H of course has been rustling up smoko to meet the demands of a workman’s appetite, so as I was called down from my desk job, I stuck my head over the balcony upstairs to shoot […]

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Autumn Colours in Blandswood

We been very blessed to have the company of [url=http://blipfoto.com/daring2go]Daring2Go[/url] with us up at the tree house today, her first visit to our new dig up on the hill. After a lunch spent catching up on our respective news, she and I went for a walk with Jack down the hill, taking our cameras with us. Down in the bottom paddock the views across to Little Mount Peel, raked with golden autumn light highlighting the russet tones was really lovely. Great to see you again J 🙂

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The Breakfast of Champions

What better way is there to start the day than with a boiled egg and soldiers? I’m practicing cuisine photography at the moment ahead of our next camera club competition. I’ve been dropping hints to Mrs H to serve up some of her usual stunning looking dishes. Purely for photography purposes of course 😉 I shot this with my adapted 55mm f/1.8 Takumar lens. An oldie but a goodie, I love it’s colour rendition and swirly bokeh.

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