Usually, at this time of the year, with spring being a month away, I would write about how I revive the garden beds, plant seeds and grow some produce. Presently, a volunteer called Cole is on benisland (and I hope he gets most of the garden preparations done.).
It is winter, we had a few cold nights, many beautiful, crisp, sunny mornings and some inclement, windy days. Not much rain, all in all quite comfortable. I’m sleeping well, about nine hours a day, it is quiet and I walk a lot. Well, more than usual any way.
Hope you all had a great Easter Holiday. Dad and I were quite busy building a verandah that will become my kitchen/outdoor living area. So far so good…, still a bit to go though.
Sometimes, when going to bed early as one does here, especially in the winter months, I wonder what it would be like to be nocturnal. During the full moon a couple nights ago I shot some photos here at home and after looking at the results, I’m looking forward to getting out there at night, into the streets, the bush and the beaches to capture Aotea By Night.
There is never a dull moment (on the Barrier), is there? These were my neighbour’s words the other day, and I can attest to that. I feel tired. What I seek the most seems to be outside my control; perhaps I just need to try harder. Instead my mind and time is occupied with too much mundane stuff. Ignorance is bliss.
My good friend Paul is visiting and we’ve been trying to catch a kingi. At this stage, it would be nice to just see one. I’m starting to believe what he’s been saying for years. “You’re lucky to be able to catch a feed off the rocks. This won’t last.“
2015 is going to be a big year for me and BENIsLAND. I’ve already published a blog dedicated to Great Barrier Island Rockfishing and will go live with a dedicated Great Barrier Island Photography blog soon. In the process of sorting out the images I took over the last four years, I realised that my approach was systematically wrong. How can you shoot pictures that fascinate the observer and that tell a story, using a cheap, fully automatic point and shoot camera and not knowing, for instance, what depth of field is?
I got back from a multi-day youth camp today. Going through the pictures and memories from the last weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to provide you with images that reflect what I was up to lately. I’ll write respective articles soon.
For my fishing friends, I have only been out twice in the last 5-6 weeks. Both times, catching a feed was challenging, but I prevailed and succeeded. Two days ago, I was standing on the rocks of Harataonga Beach, half-naked, fully soaked by the splash of the waves, looking at Motu Rakitu with no other person in sight; battling the splash and wind at dusk, fishing in about 1.5 meters of water in anticipation of that fish, I had no doubt that what I
was am engaged in is art.
Some day, Great Barrier Island, Tryphena, beniSland, other than the screaming orgies of the kaka and the car alarm-imitating tui songs, it has been really quiet and highly enjoyable. I take my regular walks through the backyard, absorbing the views from vantage points and taking pleasure in sitting in the bush, climbing the odd tree and otherwise establishing my presence and intentions. Continue reading Pictures Of The Week 40 – Impressions Of The Backyard
Kaitoke Beach Great Barrier Island, New Zealand