Fallen

Dead trees lying on the beach are sad shadows of their former selves but here's a new perspective I gained on radical transformation. Chris Mousseau shared photos of these fallen beauties he found when he went for a run on a perfect but cold winter's day (-20 degree day ... cough). On the shore of... Continue Reading →

We’ll Care Next Time

Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG has been under enormous pressure to NOT proceed with his company's contribution to the construction of the Adani Mine in Australia. Because this is a German company I was especially hopeful he might take a stand and withdraw his company's support. Unfortunately this is not the case... Continue Reading →

How Things Change

The photo below is one that Nigel took of me as we were on our way back from Dunedin on 08 Dec after staying in Dunedin to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I'm relaxed and happy, exploring a riverside location by a bridge we'd just driven across. I blogged about it in Akatore Creek. South Otago,... Continue Reading →

Growing Beyond

These photos were taken by Nigel when we were at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 08 Dec 2019. He said the small deformed tree is a Photinia and it appears to have died back several times. Despite the knocks it's growing steadily. Perhaps its resilience in the face of adversity has inspired the Botanic Garden people... Continue Reading →

Parting, by Jane Dougherty

We have a lot of big, braided rivers in the South Island of New Zealand. This is a photo that Nigel took in the summer of 2009 when we stayed in remote farm accommodation in the Canterbury back country. We did day tramps (hikes) into the high country environment. Very beautiful scenery. Jane Dougherty posted... Continue Reading →

Vanitas

This work was on display when we visited the 2019 Arts Gold Finalists Exhibition at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. Our visit was on October 31, 2019. I cropped this out in order to get a horizontal header pic. 'Vanitas' by Nicola McLaren (Dunedin) Photo taken by Nigel. Wikipedia... Continue Reading →

Never Seen Her Homeland

On Thursday evening 10 Oct, I attended a talk in Dunedin by Tecber Ahmed Saleh who spoke about Western Sahara. She was born in a refugee camp in neighbouring Algeria and gave us an overview of the situation in Western Sahara between the local Saharawi people and Morocco (Morocco occupies 80% of the area and... Continue Reading →

Magical

For  Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63  Leya has challenged participants with "What is Magical to you?". She recalled reading The Secret Garden* as a young woman and how "over the years it has occupied an enchanted and magical place in my heart". *The Secret Garden is a classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I found... Continue Reading →

Climate Change Actions

This morning I've been challenged to think about and respond to Climate Change by three different blog-posts, all posted today. I felt I should do something too, however small, and therefore I'm sharing with you these three things. ONE. WordPress advised me I can have a banner on my blog supporting the Global #ClimateStrike (lasts... Continue Reading →

Silent Light

There's something in the experience of stillness, simplicity and silence that's a blessed balm in the busyness of business as usual. Contemplate for a moment the silence and beauty of this simple space. The play of light and shadow on the textured floor.

River Medusa

River Medusa is a response to the Gore area -- Maruawai, Valley of Water. It pays tribute to the sustaining presence of the Mataura River and the many small streams that feed it. The work was conceived at a time when New Zealand was in the grips of an electricity crisis owing to the low... Continue Reading →

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