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  • ChrisW, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

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    That cow of yours Sofie - reckon it might be an image to put alongside '100% Pure' in international marketing of NZ?

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 818 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to ChrisW,

    Classic! NZ, where the sun shines out of cow's arses.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8315 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Sacha,

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    Beautiful. Any details about where that waka belongs?

    Te Kauhanga Marae which incidentally is just around the corner from our land up North. The photo is the waka at home

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6004 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to ChrisW,

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    That cow of yours Sofie – reckon it might be an image to put alongside ‘100% Pure’ in international marketing of NZ?

    Classic! NZ, where the sun shines out of cow’s arses.

    Wondered how long it would take :)
    NZ, where even the cows roam free!

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6004 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to ChrisW,

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    Waka of a different ilk – waka hourua Aotearoa One in Gisborne for Transit of Venus week in June last year – with carved tauihu rather different also.

    And another interesting one is Te Aurere which is seen here on the Waitemata Harbour this timeish last year

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6004 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    NZ, where the sun shines out of cow’s arses.

    Wondered how long it would take :)

    After 100% Pure NZ marketing, further thoughts of this inspiring image being used to sell the National Party's promised Brighter Future came to mind.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 818 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Aotearoa One is from the same stable as Te Aurere, built more recently with low-maintenance modern materials to traditional design, very well set up mainly for inshore training and youth development. Here under sail out of Gisborne/Turanganui-a-kiwa, and returning with Te Kuri-a-Paoa/Young Nicks Head astern. She handles beautifully!

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 818 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to ChrisW,

    National Party’s promised Brighter Future

    Trouble with National voters is one is born every minute.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4667 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Happy Waitangi Day all!

    Today's harvest :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 852 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

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    Today’s harvest :)

    Nice looking harvest Jos : )

    Kelp harvest at Bethells…..

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2182 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    And Summer is....

    floral beach umbrellas

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2182 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    When peppers go bad...

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 852 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

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    When peppers go bad…

    glad you said what it was…. errrcccchhh.

    Here’s something to balance it….

    wonder if the different coloured zinnias produce different flavoured nectar - butterfly equivalent of a cafe crawl

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2182 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

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    1. A dead tree full of shags after sunset, by the Whau Creek, looking to the Waitakeres.

    2. Orion over the Waterview Bore. A copper chopper flies between Taurus’ face and Jupiter. No tripod, just park bench, hence Jupiter looks like a sperm. I think the red flashes on the chopper were about a second apart, so presumably this shot had roughly a six second shutter time.

    3. Looking South from the same spot over Oakley Creek. Handheld again, Southern Cross and pointers, and the lower part of Argos, keel and sails.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8315 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to BenWilson,

    3. Looking South from the same spot over Oakley Creek. Handheld again, Southern Cross and pointers, and the lower part of Argos, keel and sails.

    Alternatively - perfectly framed to show the comparison between the Southern Cross and the 'False Cross' directly above it.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 818 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to BenWilson,

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    Next, Jupiter, below the horns of Taurus. The moons clearly visible at 24x. You'll have to blow the picture up to see these details though.

    For a direct camera image this/yours is very impressive!

    I've followed these four Galilean moons of Jupiter over a few days or a week of nights several times with good binoculars or a small telescope, sketching their relative positions to show their obvious changes from night to night. It's a great feeling, the sense of connection to Galileo first seeing them with his first home-made telescope and doing just that in 1610, recognising the pattern of orbiting moons each with a different period, a major step in the Copernican revolution.

    Might you consider trying this photographically, and showing us all a sequence of cropped images (ie enlarged)?

    I don’t think my camera would be up to it, quite apart from my lack of tripod. It has excellent optics but, well, here is the moon 2.5 days after yours by way of comparison. Indeed the light and atmosphere is different, but getting x25 by combination of optical and digital zoom there are only 1.3 megapixels of definition.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 818 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Jos,

    When peppers go bad...

    Jos, that's beautiful! Though perhaps not for the squeamish, there's splendid colour, light, texture and multi-layered imagery of life and death there. What chance of a sequence, if you have a sacrificial surplus?

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 818 posts Report Reply

  • Jos, in reply to ChrisW,

    I shall attempt to retrieve it from the compost heap Chris and document it's demise, or else just make a series on the pile itself. :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 852 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

    Or a stop-motion time-lapse of decay.....

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2182 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to BenWilson,

    Love the cormorants in a dead tree Ben

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2182 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    Same tree, but this time with light. The shot from the previous night was taken well after sunset, using only my headlamp and bike torch for lighting (I didn’t want to startle them with a flash). It was my first time down the track along the Whau just below the industrial area, a track I never knew was there. Blundering along in the dark, I had no idea how far it went, and lost my nerve to continue when it became narrow and overgrown.

    So I tried to get out up the bank in the second picture. I thought it led to the road, but no, after scaling the treacherously steep bank with my bike, in darkness, I found myself in the back of the Cadbury complex. I didn’t dare risk the bank again, so I had a surreal 10 minutes trying to escape a setting that smacked of Half-Life or Wolfenstein. I kept expecting to get chased by dogs, or guards, or aliens or zombies.

    Which was a pity, because I missed out on discovering the spot in the last picture, at the end of the track, the rowing club pier, at high tide. Beautiful 270 degree vista on the corner of the Whau. I’ve lived in this area for 9 years and never knew this was here – the entry to it is down an obscure industrial backstreet, down what seems like a private driveway.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8315 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    I read about Chinese New Year celebrations planned in Auckland - anybody going? I'm getting kinda curious about how it's celebrated in mid-summer where fireworks are banned for ordinary people.... It'd be nice to not have to worry about the glue freezing before you can get the couplets up, though.

    Got the couplets up with only one small patch freezing too quickly, though. A few years back we had to retreat inside and wait for the sun to finally reach the last door post.

    And perhaps one for the cool cars thread...

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2011 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Chinese New Year celebrations planned in Auckland – anybody going?

    Love the annual jaunt to Albert Park for Chinese NY.... it gets bigger and better every year, jam packed with people and lanterns with louderer fireworks as the finale. The most startling fireworks year was the year something went wrong and one of the fireworks took off horizontally and hit one of the nearby portaloos. Bit shocking for the person inside!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2182 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Great day for the butterflies, going ape over the zinnias

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2182 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to BenWilson,

    Blundering along in the dark,

    That's dedication!

    Beautiful 270 degree vista on the corner of the Whau.

    Nice : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2182 posts Report Reply

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