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One for the confused simians

Monkey Puzzle ([i]Araucaria araucana[/i]) branch detail, seen today in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. I love Monkey Puzzles, always have. There’s just something about those spikes, the textured bark, it’s like something Dr Seuss would come up with. I also love the swirly bokeh that the Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens provides. What it lack in sharpness it makes up for with [i]character.[/i] [i](Ignore the EXIF info, forgot to change the non-cpu lens setting to 55mm!)[/i]

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Evening on the Rangitata

It’s been a while since I’ve put some time aside for some photography, so tonight I decided to put on some boots, swap my crutch for a walking pole, and throw my camera pack on my back (well, in the car to be precise) It was a beautiful evening so I headed up the gorge. I’ve been wanting to go back to this spot and shoot in the evening since February, so it was good to get the shot I wanted. This is with a 12mm wide angle lens and 10-stop ND filter, allowing me to slow the shutter […]

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Fergie Under The Stars

It’s a freezing cold night out there, the clear skies offering magnificent starry views, despite the very bright quarter moon. We managed to reach 7ºC today, so have had a bit of a thaw. Thankfully our frozen pipes are now a thing of the past and we’re rejoicing in warm showers once more. Sitting out under the stars at the bottom of our driveway is this Ferguson tractor. It’s still going strong and is used daily to feed out the cattle in the bottom paddocks.

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Prayer Flags and Little Mount Peel

We woke to another cold morning, this time though the pipes were frozen. They still are. I think we got to 2ºC today for the high, so it’s been a day for doing stuff to keep warm (clearing the driveway of snow for me, feeding out of the cattle for Mrs H). I also put the new snow  chains on the Toyota to give them a test run, meaning I could make it down the driveway to the bottom of the hill. Safe to say the chains are still fitted. Needless to say the dogs and the cat haven’t […]

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Keeping Warm

Zoey’s got the right idea, reserving a nice warm spot in front of the fire on this snowy day. We woke to a pretty white blanket over the bush around the house, and the snow has fallen on and off throughout the day. In the extras you’ll find a shot of the gully off the deck, framed by the bright colours of the prayer flags strung along the veranda.

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Calm Before The Storm?

It’s been a beautiful day today, crisp but wonderfully sunny. But there’s cold stuff brewing to the South East and we may be in for a bit of a dump of snow later this week. There’s not much snow on the middle peak of Mt Peel, but I think it’s sure to change late tomorrow night. As you can see, the ewes are on the lower pastures, feeding on lovely green grass (trust me, it’s green). I hope they’re filling their bellies, because it might be baleage for the next week or so if the forecasters have it right. […]

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MonoMonday #132: Taste

Bit late onto Monday’s shot (posting on Tuesday night) as I had Focus in Timaru on Monday night (and I didn’t make it through all of the meeting either as my leg was starting to seize). On my way home, I stopped into Night and Day at Washdyke for a refresher. Whilst I waited for my milkshake (strawberry, my usual) I took this shot of the range of flavours in the confectionery aisle. It was a good night at Focus, grabbing an Honours for my landscape shot (which you can see back on [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2194420130723661434]June 28th[/url]) and a couple of […]

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