MAD WOMAN…

I am probably starting to be known around the neighborhood as the mad camera woman…

…as I strive to capture these camera-shy tui in the Kowhai trees.

Rod says he sees them flying out of the trees the minute they spot me.

I have planted a Kowhai tree in our back yard, but I don’t know if I’ve got enough years left to wait for it to grow.  Maybe I just need a better zoom!

GETTING THE BIRD…

We were briefly down at Victoria Lake the other day, and the cherry trees in the winter garden were full of tuis.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my zoom lens so couldn’t get any shots worth having.  I went down there again today but the cherry blossom was mostly over and the tuis had taken to the tops of the gum trees that were flowering.  I have put a note in my diary for next year to get there earlier!  The gums did look lovely though so not all was lost.

hiding
in the gums
parson birds

FOR HAIBUN MONDAY

On a journey into nostalgia through the Manawatu, the greenness of the hills, the lush valleys, we arrive at the beginning of the Manawatu Gorge, a place of family memories, old slips and history.  The Gorge abounds with stories of hauntings – old Barney the road-man, the coach and four that went over the edge and still gallops through on moonlit nights.  And our own stories of skirting slips and of car-sick children.  We stop for a while at the start of the track to take some photographs.  With a sudden shine of blue and green a Tui alights on the flax in front of us.  This time he waits while I raise my camera.

iridescent
blessings along the way
summer gift