'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

Go here to find out more.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Waterfall by Chris McKay

This morning I just had to share this stunning photograph from New Zealand photographer Chris McKay.




He writes:
ALEXANDER FALLS

Alexander Falls is a waterfall on Madeley Creek, a tributary of Callaghan Creek in the Callaghan Valley area of the Sea to Sky Country of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The falls are located just below a bridge on the access road to Callaghan Lake Provincial Park, at the head of the valley, which lies to the west of the resort town of Whistler.

The falls consist of three drops that total up to 141 feet (43 m) in total. The falls are about 40 feet (12 m) wide.

Canon 5DIII | EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM II | 50mm | f/5.6 | 8 sec | ISO 50 | Lee Big Stopper | -1/3 EV

Feel free to share but no other use without prior written consent.

©Chris McKay Photography 2014


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Last Visible Kiwi?

Contemplating a name change.
Not really.  Just joking.
But, what is not a joke is that, with the exception of only two bird species, every single indigenous bird in New Zealand is mentioned in our Wildlife Act legislation as needing some kind of protection.

http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/north-island-brown-kiwi

Say the word kiwis in the Rest of the World and they seem to think a fruit or shoe polish.
But here, we refer to ourselves as Kiwis, aka, New Zealanders.
The bird we have adopted as our namesake as well as our national bird, is no better off than any other NZ bird.  And a lot worse off than many.  Nocturnal.  Forest-dwelling. Ground-nesting. Flightless. And with a naturally low rate of reproduction (one or maybe two eggs a year), kiwis are under threat from reduction of their natural environment.
But mostly from predation by a long and toothy list of introduced species:
Cats
Dogs
Ferrets
Hedgehogs
Weasels
Rats
Brush-tailed Possums

http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/sites/all/files/120047MTSM12_KiwiEncounter_Mk3-4743-SBernert.jpg

There are six types of kiwi in New Zealand.  One is already extinct.
They are found no-where else in the world.
Most Kiwi kids, and most adults too, have never seen a real kiwi.


Monday, 20 October 2014

The verandah


Now that the wisteria has finished flowering the battle begins to maintain ownership of the house by humans.
It was lovely...




Sunday, 12 October 2014

Style and Content

'Style is the consequence of something being described in the way most appropriate to its content. It is not a hemline height or a gratuitous indicative flourish added to modify or embellish an image. Style is the by-product of saying what has to be said in the most appropriate way a maker can say it. Meaningful style emerges from the necessity of description. It is not a product of self-conscious selection.'
- Kit White,  101 Things to Learn in Art School.

Getting stuck, so back to basics. Brain storm of CONTENT for my next exhibition.


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Nature Talks





Short, mesmerising talks about different aspects of the world world we live and depend upon.
http://natureisspeaking.org/theocean.html