Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TP 289 - Going green

"Everything's gone green" is Carmi's theme this week at Written.Inc

I hope my winter-weary northern hemisphere friends will get some greenery soon!

Here's some green from me:

Green-world dragon

White dots on a green hill

With Anzac Day fast approaching, we'll all be wearing poppies:

Pamukkale, Turkey
New Zealand/Australian cemetery, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli

From last spring:

Willow trees in spring finery

Wall of an abandoned mine

"It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water."
~Barbara Kingsolver

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."    
~Doug Larson


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wednesday Poem

by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

Kapiti - An island near Cook Strait, New Zealand, 
once the stronghold of Māori chieftain Te Rauparaha (1770 - 1849)

                    This island is alive with ghosts,
                    Tonight every leaf is an ear
                    attuned to your heartbeat,
                    every stick a spear
                    gripped by a crouching figure...
                    Their eyes glint
                    on the moonlit hillsides,
                    and their oiled bodies
                    bending towards you in their hundreds
                    gleam like flax...
                    What is that sound
                    like the sound of waves on rocks?
                    But there is no wind -
                    even the sea is asleep.
                    The sea begins to wake in its wide bed
                    and whispers of war.
                    A thousand paddles shatter
                    the drowning moon,
                    a bridge of war canoes spans the troubled sea
                    between Kapiti and the mainland...
                    It is no use

                    Numbers cannot save you.
                    Nothing can save you now
                    but your swift paddles.
                    Te Rauparaha is a god
                    and Kapiti is his backbone.
                    Even the moon is his ally.

Photo by Peter Sundstrom, painting from here

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Look way up - TP #285

There's a cloudless blue sky outside, but we are expecting the remnants of a 
tropical cyclone this weekend. Batten down the hatches!

In the meantime, here are some pics from some visits to malls and one to a wind farm:

Tauranga, New Zealand





Tararua, New Zealand

For more lookings-up, go to Written.Inc

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Winter is Coming...

Yesterday was the 1st of March, and in these parts that is considered to be the first day of autumn.

This time last year, we were in the middle of a 5-month drought, with a succession of 
long hot days behind and ahead of us.

This year, it has already felt autumnal for some time; the nights are cool and the 
mornings chilly, and some trees are already turning.

Although there are still ripening tomatoes in the garden, the plants have already signed out:

We have eaten the last of our beautifully sweet corn cobs:

And the normally red leaves of one of my favourite trees, Cercis "Forest Pansy", 
have deepened to a glowing ruby:

Winter is coming, and it makes me sad. I miss the warmth of the sun.

The only positive is that at least all of my Northern Hemisphere friends 
will be looking forward to their coming spring. 

"He that is giddy thinks the world turns round"
Shakespeare ~ The Taming of the Shrew
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sunday Snapshot

Thirty kilometres south of where I live is the small town of Katikati (the Maori name means to nibble or shear). It is popular with tourists for the murals which are painted on almost every wall or building. Many of them feature scenes or figures from the town's history, others are whimsical or simply decorative. I have posted about Katikati here.
Last autumn I went to try to photograph all or most of the murals. 
Some of them were difficult to capture, and it wasn't a very good day in terms of light, 
but here are two.

This is probably my favourite. It's a whole wall showing an original homestead near the town:

Here's a section in close-up:

And I like the details in this one, especially the cat and the hens:

I hope you have a particularly happy Sunday!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lost in the Blogger wilderness

My blog has dropped off the edge of the world; I haven't been able to see it for several days.

I can't see what everyone is posting, and I am VERY miserable...

I wonder if other people can see it??

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thematic Photographic: Made of Steel

I must admit that I found this theme difficult, and I had to borrow other people's ideas. 

When I began looking, I realised how much stainless steel there is in a modern house!

Kitchen tap

Tap and sinks

Range hood

Surely my favourite bridge must have lots of steel in it?

See more shots of steel at Carmi's place