Butterfly on Flower

Butteryfly on FlowerSame as yesterday, some more interesting facts:

  • The fastest butterflies fly at 19kph(12mph)
  • Many butterflies can taste with their feet to test suitability for laying eggs.
  • Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)  have been found
  • Butterflies like to drink from mushy slices of banana, oranges and watermelon


Life on a Twig

Life on a TwigWork found me at Butterfly Creek today for an all staff meeting. After the meeting, myself and a few other staff took the opportunity to go through their butterfly enclosure (and small farmyard). I’ve been once before, so in preparation brought along my Nex 5N with a few different lens’. Unfortunately, whether due to the time of day, or time of week, it was not as full of butterflies as the other time I went, but I did manage to get a few shots I will share over the next day or so none the less.

Some butterfly facts:

  • The earliest fossils of butterflies date back 40-50million years!
  • Depending on the species, they live from a week to a year (a week sounds pretty sort aye!)
  • Traditional Japanese see the butterfly as the personification of a persons soul. One definition of the Greek work for butterfly means soul.  
  • They cant fly if their body temp is lower than 30c degrees(86f)

Shot on the Sony Nex with 16-50mm lens. Cropped in Gimp.

The Pathless Bush

Wraparound Tree

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar.
I love not man the less, but Nature more.

Lord Byron



Auckland City from Afar

Auckland from afarHeading out to pick up some bits and pieces we passed through Greenhithe in Auckland norther region. Taking a quick stroll around one of the local parks, I captured a shot of our cities CBD from a distance.

Shot on the Sony Nex, once home I opened up in Gimp and cropped the aspect ratio to make the image more panoramic. Converting to B&W I added a slight brown hue to the image.


Autumn Colours


A lot of my local area is covered in evergreens. Great from one perspectice, but missing out on the beautiful colours the trees get as their leaves slowly crisp up and fall to the ground.

Shot on the Samsung Galaxy s2  and edited in Afterfocus,I applied some filter effects to bring out the autumn feel.

Related to this,I caught the tail end of a tech news report on tv today discussing how the world press society were in argument about different post take filter effects were changing the meaning of images, and therefore are questionable in their reporting quality.

No doubt editing has evolved, and done in specific ways creates a different story or meaning. But then reporting is also told from a specific perspective also, and may always look diffetent depending on ones position in the story.

Even the old great photographers edited their film work to alter the story being told.

For me, I like to work with a mix. Sometimes editing, sometimes not.

The Fallen Tree

The Fallen

“If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down?  We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.”
–   Jack Handey

A shot from the back yard today. Our property is surrounded in essentially untended trees. Ive been trying to tend to them. In order to open up the light in the yard, particularly to some of my fruit trees, a few others had to be given the ultimate sacrifice. I dont particularly like cutting down trees, so the few that have begun being felled have done so after some solid thinking.

Shot on the Sony Nex 5N with 16-50mm pancake.

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