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  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    I can’t see how a wind gust could’ve plucked that tree and spun it around to that angle, hiding the hole it was uprooted from

    Tree pranks?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2192 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Bromeliad and snail

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2192 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Newton reflected

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2192 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Motor waka

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2192 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Has summer stopped everywhere else?

    Still going here.... our first (edible) ear of corn from the garden.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2192 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Has summer stopped everywhere else?

    Beautiful sunny, warm spring day up here.

    Lovely corn. My father in law would be jealous, especially since his cornfield has been converted to poplars (compensated, though).

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2011 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    No reason to move once I’d found a comfy chair in the sun.

    No reason? Not even for Street Chant?

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    In/organic, Whakatahuri, Forsyth Bay, Marlborough Sounds, Feb 2013

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    The hands that do (can be as soft as your face), Whakatahuri, Feb 2013

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    Coastal defences, Post Office Point, Pelorus Sound, Feb 2013

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  • ChrisW, in reply to Gareth,

    Three fine photos of such a different place - thanks Gareth!
    Interesting titles, and many other layers too.

    As well as the inorganic rubbish and their textures in this one, I see the remains of what may well be the very beast that scarred the hillsides all around. I'd probably be more tolerantly accepting of those scars now than when kayaking Pelorus Sound in 1986, but still ...
    And Whakatahuri as a name - could be read as to tip over or overturn as a deliberate action. Nice.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 821 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Gareth,

    The hands that do

    Surely you’re not casting aspersions on your own skilful hands?

    But I see in those vividly upraised hands not softness but a symbol more graphic than skull and crossbones, of the implicit danger of such winches, of the hands and more they have swallowed up!

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 821 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Gareth,

    Coastal defences, Post Office Point, Pelorus Sound, Feb 2013

    And this, beautifully done, immediately brought to mind Laurence Aberhart’s The Prisoner’s Dream.

    An Observation Post, but for the observer the sense of enclosure I doubt would be one of security even if not imprisonment. Correspondingly in the seascape through the slot, the enclosure of Pelorus and Port Ligar, but also the narrow glimpse to the ocean horizon beyond – possibilities perhaps but especially threats to be observed.
    As Allen Curnow wrote in 1942 in Landfall in Unknown Seas to honour the tercentenary of Tasman sailing inbound across that same sea horizon – “Always to islanders danger/ Is what comes over the sea”. Written the same year this OP would have been built.

    And ‘Post Office Point’ - I’ve long wanted to see this written as Post Office Pt, in honour of the old inch to the mile topo maps with Pt denoting a locality sufficient for a Post and Telegraph Office, which never in fact included Post Office Pt. I’m sure the original denizens of this OP amused themselves in the long idle hours with such-like, that the OP at PO Pt had no PO, but they did have t.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 821 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    The last ship, Whakatahuri, Feb 2013

    Thanks for the kind comments, Chris, and especially for pointing out the relevance of the placename. It was a ship breakers place, and relics litter the beach. The last inhabitant now builds wooden boats of great beauty.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth, in reply to ChrisW,

    I couldn't resist the hands reference, which I drew from from here - but I take your point.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth, in reply to ChrisW,

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    Gun site, Post Office Pt, Pelorus Sound, Feb 2013

    The observation post was a wonderful frame, but the gun emplacement was something else again...

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    Some bum, Post Office Pt, Feb 2013

    The observation post was a wonderful frame...

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Gareth,

    The observation post was a wonderful frame...

    Indeed - nicely observed.

    But one needs a strong stomach to cope with those TV ads to explain the soft hands - surely, thankfully, unseen in NZ?!

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 821 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth, in reply to ChrisW,

    If they never showed in NZ, then you were very, very lucky. ;-)

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Lovely pictures Gareth and ChrisW - all the way back to the Kopuawhara valley pics.....

    All I have is a little summer dry to offer....

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2192 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    Thanks Nora - and in appreciation of yours and as per link in reply to your dawn photo as far back as Kopuawhara too, as summer passes into autumn it's a lot easier getting up before the sun ain't it!

    These three at same clock time (~6.12am) as mine on 11 Jan featuring the smoky ducks, but very different in sun time. First one a week ago, on one of the clearest Gisborne mornings of 3 weeks at least with every day starting with cloud pushing onshore from the big high parked over us nearly all.

    And this morning, the more classic dawn sky, sunrise now a whole hour later than at 11Jan. This one if anything over-exposed at 8 secs.

    This one more true to life, the brighter stars still just visible.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 821 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Only got Skies

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6025 posts Report Reply

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    Sunsets

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6025 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    With endless clouds….

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6025 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Great Sofie. In spite of starting an Autumn thread (with a southern focus), I’ll still sneak a few more from sunny Nelson on here.

    The last one was quite funny. I was climbing the hill to the reportedly geographical centre of New Zealand (which I’m reliably informed is not in fact the centre) when I heard the distinctive sound of a galloping horse. Far below in the valley this horse and cart were fair motoring along the highway, as you can see by the shadows under the hoofs. Getting the goods to market, or something.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2121 posts Report Reply

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