It's becoming a bit of a tradition. I mean, almost an obsession. Spring starts to push its way into the brittle cold of winter, and the darling buds of August grab my attention. Or something.
This time I've been caught up in a magnolia maelstrom.
One of the things that has come from being a photographic petal pusher is an increasing awareness of the symbolism flowers carry. Magnolias have symbolic meaning up the yin yang!
If you're interested in such things, you can read all about that here. In short, they rock.
What's your favourite spring bloom, and what does it symbolise?
Go steal its beauty.
Having a new outlook on the city, by virtue of moving, has resulted in a mild obsession with the sunrise this winter, which apart from its uncanny regularity, has been quite a show.
Looking back it surprises me we haven't had a dedicated thread for the sun going up and down, so here it is.
Have at it.
Here's the challenge. Take one tiny thing, drop it into a scene, see what you can make of it.
I started playing with one Tiny Cat, mucking around with different sets and scenes for it. The cluster of oyster shells, the chive flower on a lacquered table, the boggle set. Then out and about, the museum, the art gallery, the hothouse, cafes.
It wasn't as easy as I thought it might be. That cat is much tinier than He/She might look, so getting the right part of the cat in focus was a bovver. Some settings worked better than others too. Setting it up with other tiny animals didn't work all that well, until I got hold of a second Tiny Cat.
Look for elevated sites for placing your Tiny Thing, unless like me, you can cope with funny looks from passersby as you lie on the footpath peering into the camera at ground level.
My 'rule' was that the Tiny Cat had to be able to sit by itself on it's prop, no Blu-Tak, no gum. So I stuck with indoor shots on windy days, and outdoors on calm days.
Using such a small subject becomes very absorbing, you really have to get right down there with it. It was a perfect activity for escaping from weightier matters. The most important thing? These made me laugh.
Give it a go. Post what you got.
On their first Auckland visit since 2011, David Kilgour and The Heavy 8s brought Sam Hunt along to play songs from their latest collaboration, 'The 9th'. David Kilgour has written some words about the album here. There's also an interview with Sam Hunt here on Mysterion Art Factory, and another on Radio New Zealand's Music 101.
The photos were taken at the Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland on Saturday 27 June 2015.
Don McGlashan and band (guitarist Tom Rodwell and drummer Chris O’Connor) performing the opening night of the 'Lucky Stars' album tour at Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland, on June 11 2015.
The tour continues throughout New Zealand this weekend and across the following three weekends until July 4. Details are here. Expect to hear a first set of the 'Lucky Stars' album in full, followed by a second set of Don's solo / Front Lawn / Muttonbirds material.