Life guard | photo by @alistairkeddiePosting a wee series of four photos to the diary tonight and shot today at Bethel’s Beach to the west of Auckland. At last a break in the weather lets people hit the beach
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Swim between flags | photo by @alistairkeddie2 of 4A strong onshore wind created some real chop and kept most people in the water between the flags and surfing boogie boards
Rogue wave | photo by @alistairkeddie3 of 4Every once in a while a random wave sweeps at speed up the beach reaching inland much further than anyone expects
Surf hut | photo by @alistairkeddie4 of 4Volunteer surf life guards patrol the beach and keep watch from the tower, boats at the ready
Back to the sun | photo by @alistairkeddieAuckland has some nice beaches around the city more sheltered and safe than those out west. This one at Narrow Neck overlooks islands in the Hauraki Gulf and is overhung with native pohutukawa trees. These grow everywhere around here and each year around Christmas flower bright red. This one is just out of season but still shows one or two of the short lived flowers.
Mortal | photo by @alistairkeddieI met up today with my good friend Chris for one of our occasional walk and talks. Generally we have a good idea where we are walking but the talking tends to meander and wander much wider. Sparked by a recent event, we touched on the transience of life and importance of living in and of the moment. This led into a conversation that touched on philosophy, politics, art, photography and the importance of practice. Practice however you can, wherever, whenever, just practice. Usually we dont, not on these wanders anyway but spurred by @burndiary I’d brought along my camera and some idea for a portrait we’d try later. Thats not this one. This one was just grabbed on the phone and seemed nothing special till later on the bus home. Im struck by the serendipity in this image, impossible to plan. The accidental mirror created during post reflects an attitude of prayer, a wristwatch displays the moment in time and the lights of the cafe behind suggest the stars of the Southern Cross prominent on the national flag of New Zealand.
Curls and knots | photo by @alistairkeddieGood morning @burndiary from Auckland, New Zealand where the weather, for summer continues to disappoint. I dont mind the grey cloud, the drizzling then heavy rain, the strong wind, then sun then cloud then rain again, four seasons in one day. But the hot and humid, oppressively sticky and hanging air really makes things curl and knot. I reckon the plants love it.
Sea | photo by @alistairkeddie moana (noun) sea, ocean, large lake.Kei te mōhio katoa rātau ki ngā tauranga tāmure, tauranga tarakihi, tauranga hāpuku me ērā atu ika o te moana / They know all the fishing grounds for snapper, tarakihi, groper and those other fish of the sea
Poppy Sleeping | photo by @alistairkeddie Poppy the cat catches some zzz’s on her mamas lap and makes a sound we only describe as snorepurrs… All feeling a little tired today and needing rest. Very hot and humid nights really mess with sleep so its good to still be off from work. Timing wise, @burndiary couldn’t have been better with some much needed time off the day job
One Tree Hill | photo by @alistairkeddie Out and about today on a grey and wet day in Auckland and up One Tree Hill for some non existent views. Messed around instead making some stitched pans before settling on the monument at the top of the hill, one of the many extinct volcanoes that dot the Auckland landscape. The monument commemorates a history dating back to 925 and chronicles the arrival of Maori around 1150 through to the somewhat contentious Treaty of Waitangi made with the British Crown in 1840. Though none of the present volcanoes are active, apparently there is a small chance another could erupt at any time…