SundayStills – March 21 Color Challenge: Spring Greens

But we are heading into Autumn!!  

The snow is melting in the northern hemisphere
The spring sap is greening the leaves of the trees
Whilst  here down under deep in the South
The leaves are changing, colouring and falling

Winter is coming, it is time to reset the clock
So these few glimpses of Springtimes long gone
Are all that I will have to keep me cosy and warm.
Oh what am I to do? 
Yes- its back to an archive or two.

I really don’t mind a trip down memory lane 
As I have many unedited  images languishing in vain.
So I try to stay  ’focused’ on the task ahead.
And play with those images to shine their light in this thread.
The changing  seasons of our lives
Are captured through lenses that remain bright
Seasons are just a bringer of a different kinds of light
To illuminate our days or shine moonlight through the night.

And if we are lucky the sun will send 
Lady Aurora to bedazzle our skies.
So even on a cloudless, moonless night, 
there will still be green lights
Skies of green

With this in mind, I remembered this song from 1965.. still relevant in these pandemic times maybe…

TURN, TURN, TURN

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sow
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late.

"The Byrds, 1965"

So until Spring next graces us with her presence 

I’ll set my mind on finding the light wherever it may be

SundayStills – Some of my Best Black & White Photos

I love black and white photography and I try to aim for the moon. I look for compositions and light that works well for the genre. Here are my offerings.


“Aim for the moon and even if you miss you will land amongst the stars”


Lighting in the landscape  sets the scene for stunning scenery be it stormy or calm waters or even over the top geography of rural roads.

Flowers and vegetables have interesting textures that often work well in black and white.


Sculpted statues are some of my favourite subjects to capture in black and white.  

Sunday Stills – Rainy Day Road Trip

So what do you do when you wake on the first day of a three day holiday and it is raining…? Jump in the car and go on a rainy day road trip, of course.

On the way we found a wet sheep and a rusty old broken down barn…

The river was raging under the road bridge…

We stopped and splashed across the road to the old Langford store…

At last the rain stopped and we found the rainbow…. a great reward to end our rainy day road trip.

Sunday Stills – Feed the Birds – its all about the birds

I love seeing birds in the wild doing what birds should be doing – flying free and catching their own food – even if they do feast on my fruit trees!

I have captured seabirds catching crabs both at home and on our travels.

Once I fed a big seagull my ice-cream – or rather it stole it by dive-bombing from behind me and knocking the ice-cream from the ice-cream cone. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry but the amused onlookers thought it was hilarious.  Needless to say, I didn’t get that photo – just a big fright!  Does that count as feeding the birds?

Seagul. 

I was so excited to see a hummingbird for the first time when in Oklahoma a few years back.  The feeder attracted this one long enough for me to capture this image

Hummingbird

Taking time out to feed the sparrows in Paris  

Feeding frenzy

My own bird feeder

Bird feeder

I love walking along a local pathway alongside the beach to find the baby shags being fed .

So although watching the wild birds in their natural habitat is my preference, I have a friend who cares for rescue birds like this cockatoo.  Sam the cockatoo likes to choose her own cookie.  I’m not sure if it is the pink colour she was attracted to or the little seed-like sugar bits. She is quite a character and whilst she no longer flies, she can climb freely and loves being fed in this tree.  She has been known to  climb too high sometimes so her caregiver pretends to drive away and down she scrambles.  

SundayStills – Color Challenge: Rosy Red

Not all that is red are flowers. This really was a challenge for me.

Red is not my favourite colour and I find it tricky to photograph its true colour so I couldn’t find too many in my archives. As I’m not able to hold my camera whilst wearing a sling, this is as good as it gets this week. 

A very red grand piano – this beautiful instrument was provided to the people of Christchurch not long after the devastating earthquakes so they could play and/or enjoy some inspiring amidst the chaos.

Roses are red – and so are petunias and begonias

Fungi can also offer some reds in Autumn when life is not always rosy and colourful.

And here is my taonga/ treasure -my pounamu/greenstone “The spirit of life” I keep it in my little kit (flax bag) adorned with rosy red feather when I’m not wearing it. It brings me balance.

Te Hau Ora – Spirit of life

SundayStills – Feb 7 – Fallen Behind

Fallen behind

I’ve fallen behind – having shoulder surgery will do that! Currently typing with my left-hand. The next 8 weeks in a sling will be challenging. 

Fall – although we call it Autumn down under. 

Autumn/Fall

Falling apart 

Falling Apart

Fallen down – and the rain was falling. No wonder that sheep looked at me like I’m crazy

Fallen down

Falling off – the diet – recovering from surgery means taking painkillers = eating comfort food to protect stomach lining = best excuse for balancing the diet ever!

Balancing the diet

SundayStills 2021 – my favourite #Landscapes from around the world

Croatia landscapes:

Such happy travel memories of our Croatian trip.Plitvice lakes and Krka waterfalls – so many water-scapes and waterfalls.  Walking alongside, walking across, around and above the waterfalls was a magical experience.  Water, water everywhere.  

“Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water.

And when we got to Krka we could swim close to the waterfalls. How lucky were we to have this experience when we visited in 2018. 

2020 was the final year in which visitors to Krka National Park were able to swim in Skradinski Buk, the largest and most-popular water asset situated there. From January 2021, the practice of swimming in this section of the park has been banned.

“Krka National Park is situated along the Krka River in southern Croatia. It’s known for a series of 7 waterfalls.  Skradinski buk is one of the most attractive parts of the park. It is a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. It is the lowest of the three sets of waterfalls formed along the Krka river.  In an area 400 m in length and 100 m in width there are 17 waterfalls and the total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 47.7 m. 

Swedish landscapes

Where my Swedish family live in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Sweet memories of our most recent overseas trip in 2018 – who knows when we will return?

NZ landscapes
A little closer to home – these images of the South Island of New Zealand are special to me as a ‘mainlander’. Taken over several road trips around the South Island in differing seasons, each has been a particular highlight.

Aoraki, Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo- the magical mountains and lakes of the Mackenzie region. 
Aoraki / Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Its height, as of 2014, is listed as 3,724 metres (12,218 feet). It lies in the Southern alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island.”

Hurunui Hinterland – we explored the Hurunui River from the source at Lake Sumner, a remote high country lake through the hinterland and Canterbury Plains to the Culverden basin and thence to the coastline of the Pacific. 

“The Hurunui River is one of the most diverse braided rivers in Canterbury. It has two main branches, each with distinctive attributes originating east of the Main Divide in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Some 150km long, the total catchment area of the river is 2671 km2.”

My last image has to be an especially favourite landscape though – it is the point of light at the end of the beach where I live.  No matter how far I’ve travelled,  there is no landscape like the one I live in – at home.

And that is the point of this post.

The Point of light – Ohingaroa Bay