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Capture: A Foray into Portraiture

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  • Lilith __, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Saint Gudrun.

    Aww. She makes the daffodils bloom!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3466 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to JacksonP,

    It is my beloved Josephine who takes the photos--she has such a great eye. Aotea Harbour is one of my favourite places in the world; a giant sand estuary which empties at low tide, overlooked by enormous sand dunes. Just a cluster of old-style seaside houses and no shops (but Kawhia is only 15 minutes away).

    Just back from another great Chiefs game--8 wins in a row, this time over the Hurricanes,

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2316 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Cigars for this one Geoff.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

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    Forlorn Leopard Slug, 2004.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Lilith __,

    If only Lilith. Anyway been thinking maybe Hebe, you and I meet sometime near a favorite place along the shoreline not too far from a coffee shop. [Redacted]

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

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    Reading about petals, portrait of a Chrysanthemum in a friends garden.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Can one have "portrait of a dog"?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    No comparison to Alex's lovely portraits, but following the Leopard Slug...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2301 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Always and forever, the beloved Stella.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    A portrait of a day, not a living thing: Little River domain on Anzac Day.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Jackie Clark,

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    Always and forever, the beloved Stella.

    Ok { ;)

    " Self portrait with dog"

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Well, if days and domains count...

    We're in the in laws village for the May Day break. This morning while the wee one was around at a friend's place I ducked into the county town for a bit of shopping. Turned a corner onto a road rather spectacularly lined with bright yellow and soft purple flowers, then about 500 metres down - is this rural northern China or North America?!

    And, considering how many villages put up cool, traditional Chinese-style gateways at the village entrances and Daying (literally 'big camp') Village has three totem poles, why is our village so content with ghastly, cheap wrought iron monstrosities?

    Yes, I am experiencing village entrance envy.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    There is a connection with Chinese and Native Americans from the North. Even looking at the Native American around the North Pole and North Mongolians for instance. Trading knowledge and culture would have been possible and perhaps welcome . What a great find Chris.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Well, yes, but these are too North American looking and far too far out of context with traditional gateways at the entrances to surrounding villages. I'm picking the Daying Village leadership saw the gateways other villages were putting up and decided they wanted something a bit different and cooler. Anyway, whether this particular cultural exchange is ancient or very modern, I don't care, it's another example of the weird, random, and cool stuff you can find in the middle of 'nowhere' in rural China.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    On the other hand it might have been something from a WETA workshop.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Irrigation day. It's done old school up here, but the dogs find that quite convenient.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    My father in law. He was up at 4:15, off to the orchard by 4:30am.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    I could hear a few of them in the more mature trees, and glimpsed some flitting around, so I went hunting, and this fine fellow happened to strike a pose. The dictionary insists it's a magpie, but it's call and behaviour are completely different from the magpies I knew back in NZ, and you can see that patch of blue on his wing.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Nice that we get to imagine more with your father in law's portrait. And that pretty bird can't be a magpie. It's too pretty and non threatening looking. { :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    And that pretty bird can’t be a magpie. It’s too pretty and non threatening looking. { :)

    Well, exactly, it's a 喜鹊, but, here, see - still, at least that dictionary gives the option of pure romanisation as 'xique', even if it has all of zero examples.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    An old photo of my daughter, but one of my favourites

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 899 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Here is someone important to me.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to 3410,

    and Nora Leggs - love the crawlie/slitheries!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to 3410,

    Are there any in this country? They seem to be large than life.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    love the crawlie/slitheries!

    Thanks!

    Are there any in this country?

    In my experience they're not especially rare in either Auckland or the Shore. In winter they often try to come in the house, but being less than adept at using door handles, generally confine themselves to the porch.

    They seem to be larger than life.

    Camera was literally about 1cm from subject.


    PS. Thanks, everyone else, for the great shots.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

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