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One Handsome Chap

In between the rain and the hail storms, this evening I headed up to the Church restoration to pick up my camera after its day of shooting. On the way back, I spied this handsome cock pheasant in the neighbouring paddock. I could hear his distinctive call while I was disconnecting my cables at the church, so when I got back in the car I fitted my 2x teleconverter to my 50-140 f/2.8 lens so that I could get this as I drove past.

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Green Grass and Antlers Are Growing

Driving the back road home today I noticed that some of our local stags were closer to the fence than usual, giving me the chance to see how their antlers have really started to bolt. It will be another three months or so until their antlers are harvested for velvet, and in that time they’ll grow incredibly quickly. In the extras you’ll see the view of my driveway in the moonlight. The Milky Way is starting to dip lower in the sky, so I’m keen, now that I’m more mobile, to grab some shots before it disappears for the […]

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MonoMonday #142: Film Noir – Double Indemnity

[i]”…[/i]it’s a one-way trip and the last stop is the cemetery[i]”[/i] Not quite a death by being pushed off a train, but I think rope and knife amongst the shadows certainly has a noir feel, not to mention double the insurance of getting ‘the job done’. I shot this using a [url=https://www.lumecube.com]Lume Cube[/url] (check them out – they are awesome!) through the fly curtains in our pantry to get the shadows (I know, very old fashioned). The top light on the and knife rope was provided by a small LED on the kitchen bench. Thanks to[url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2232096934112266446] DollyKGray[/url] for hosting this […]

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Crazy Horses + Crazy Weather = Awesome Birthday

Well, not quite crazy, but certainly friendly and definitely handsome! These young chaps are just a couple of the famous Clydesdale working horses at Erewhon Station in the shadow of Mt Potts. Mrs H and I decided that a trip further inland on the other side of the Rangitata would be a great way to spend my birthday, so we packed a picnic and a flask (suitably middle aged considering my advancing years) and took to the gravel roads past Mount Somers and Lake Clearwater. As the title suggests, today’s weather has been all over the place. We woke […]

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Springtime in South Canterbury

Not that you’d know it first thing, with a crisp bite in the air and a fresh dusting of snow on the summit of Little Peel, but today  has felt like the first Spring day for quite some time. I headed up to the church first thing to check on progress, but on my way back down the road towards home I stopped to take this shot looking back towards the Winterslow and Old Man Ranges. It looks like the last of the Peel Forest lambs have arrived, and many were enjoying a bit of sun to dry their […]

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