Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Splashin' Pintail

Northern Pintail

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan




Here are some pics of a Northern Pintail taking a splash earlier this year at Hyoko.






Saturday, December 5, 2015

Look Back to Port Melbourne in the 1990s


Australian Hobby

Westgate Park, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1990s


I believe Westgate Park celebrated its 30th birthday today. Congratulations! It really is a wonderful place so near to the Melbourne CBD.

Here are some quick scans of pics from the 90s. Gee, I think my camera gear has come a long way. I have heaps more photos from Port Melbourne but where they are and how much time to scan them is a wonder. 











Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Zebras


Zebra Finch
Female left

Wyreema Poo Ponds, Queensland, Australia

August 2015


Here are some mighty Zebra Finches as seen with Michael Atzeni in August.  

I know they are popular pets but as always I love seeing such wonders in the wild. May their numbers get bigger and bigger.


Two males





Monday, November 23, 2015

Goshawks Chasing Ducks


Northern Goshawk

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

November 22, 2015


Here are some pics of a couple of Northern Goshawks stirring up the ducks at the back of Hyoko yesterday. Actually I really messed up with many out of focus shots. The focus either just caught the background or the grass.

I might make it a goal to get better shots through the winter.














Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November in Niigata

I'm very excited to announce my new book published by Blurb. It's called "November in Niigata" You can see a link to it above or you can click: November in Niigata

In November, I imagine the streets of my hometown Toowoomba lined with beautiful blooming Jacaranda trees, but Niigata is a very different story. Within weeks the trees go from green, to yellow and red, then completely bare. I always enjoy taking a walk and beholding the leaves whether on the trees or at my feet. This book is a collection of four years of photographs taken at just a few wonderful places in Niigata. There are just a few words as I just want to show the sights. 

At this time, I am yet to see the printed copy and am waiting for my own orders to arrive. I will let you know if I'm happy with the results when they arrive. 

I'm very grateful to Blurb for allowing me such a great resource and I've designed the book to be printed in a large format with their highest quality photo paper. I admit it's a tad expensive but I trust we get what we pay for. 

I have used three different camera bodies and several high-end lenses and am hoping it will best speak for itself. 

Peace.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Nakano Residence, Niitsu

Nakano Residence

Niitsu, Niigata, Japan

November 7, 2015


Today we went to the Nakano Residence in Niitsu, Niigata. It wasn't sunny but the place glowed with the colours of November. We took over 500 photographs. Here's 10. It was so nice. I recommend a stroll there.

Here is a link to their website: The Nakano Residence, Niitsu, Niigata











Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Dash Along the Shinano

November 

Shinano River, Niigata, Japan

November 3, 2015


Some "Wabi Sabi" from alongside the Shinano River, Niigata, Japan.

We had a National Holiday today, Culture Day. Maybe the colours and atmosphere make it my favourite time in Niigata, but we have to be quick. The leaves are falling quickly and it will be grey and dull soon. Just saw some distant gulls but no bird pics today.