Saturday, 28 March 2020

Week 12 Golden Hour

What an odd week it's been.
And thank goodness for something to focus on with the photography challenge!
Golden hour is such a magical time of the day and I love that it happens 
TWICE a day, 
not just once.
I downloaded the SunTracker app and it's been so useful.  
Especially as with lockdown restrictions, I'm not walking where I usually do.  
You get quite used to where the sun's likely to rise and set in a specific location.
 With the lockdown restrictions though I've had to walk local.
The closest natural areas to me are the Panmure Basin and the Tamaki Estuary. 
 Both are about 2.5kms away so it's a nice brisk walk to get there before the sun rises each day.  
I don't mind walking in the dark. 
It means I hear all the birds wake up.  
I have fun trying to identify them by their calls.
  Some of the images I've used this week are from the archives.  
"It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world." 
~ Mary Oliver


Thursday, 26 March 2020

Week 11: Equinox

In our part of the world, the equinox is the official beginning of Autumn.
The time of year when the days get shorter and the nights get longer.
There's a noticeable crispness to the early  morning air, 
especially when you head out before dawn as I do.
It's a season when time, and nature, seem to pause
Life slows down to catch it's collective breath.
The sunrises, I think, are testimony to that.
Particularly this last week.
They've been long drawn out sunrises that make you stop and gaze in wonder.
I love autumn.
 It's a season of change and it's delightfully intoxicating.
It's often a perfect mix of sun and clouds 
with a crispness to the night that makes you want to snuggle in bed.
It's the colours of autumn that i love the most though.
 Yellow, red and bronze hues that blanket the trees in spectacular fashion.
Anyone who thinks autumn leaves are dead 
has never watched them swirling and dancing on a windy day.
They take on a life of their own.
One of my favourite childhood memories is scrunching 
through the leaves in the lane on our way to school.
I still love the sound of the leaves crunching underfoot 
when I'm out walking now.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." 
~ Albert Camus

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Week 10: Analogous Colours


Nature's full of them!
In all sorts of guises.
From the reds and oranges of an early morning sunrise

to the reds and oranges of this gorgeous rose.

Analogous colours, as described by Google, the arbiter of all things inane, 
are usually 3 colours that are positioned next to each other on the colour wheel.  
They're best used with either warm or cool colours, not only creating a look
 that has a certain temperature to it, but proper colour harmony too.
 
They're always beautiful, sometimes bold, but NEVER boring 
even when they're in the more muted shades.
I experimented this week with trying to find analogous colours that created a mood.
Warm rich reds and oranges
Light and bright greens and yellows
Cool and calm blues and violets.
I couldn't resist including this little Sparrow. 
She has such subtle colouring and the most delicately nuanced plumage

"Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, 
every hundredth of a second." 
~ Marc Riboud

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Week 9 - Prickly

Hmmm ... prickly opens up a whole gamut of possibilities, 
not all nature based.  
I work in retail and we get our fair share of 'prickly' customers.
But back to nature.

Over the past few weeks I've had a prickly nocturnal visitor 
meandering across my lawn in the early hours of the morning.  
I think my lawn must be part of the 'hedgehog highway' as there's 
often rustling in the bushes where I photographed this particular individual.
Last year I photographed a Mrs Hedgehog moving her babies along this highway too.
She would pick one baby up in her mouth, 
shuffle halfway up the garden with it, 
deposit it on the ground then rush back down to get the other one. 
 She'd then repeat the process to the top of the garden 
and into the grounds of the school next door.

Fortunately for her she only had two babies.  
It was exhausting just watching her!

Week 13: Habitat

One of my favourite garden birds to photograph is the Kotare . With the restrictions of lockdown and walking local, I’ve been spendin...