DP Photo Challenge: ascend, take 2

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Ready for take-off. Gannet at Muriwai gannet colony, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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Gannets in flight, Muriwai, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Daily Post Photo Challenge | ascend

Regular Random: five minutes at the gannet colony, Muriwai

Close up shot of gannet head in profile. Species Takapu, or Australasian gannet. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Takapu, or Australasian gannet, Muriwai, Auckland, NZ. Image; Su Leslie, 2017

It’s breeding season at the Muriwai gannet colony, with many chicks already hatched. Most are still small enough to spend most of their time nestled under a parent bird, and are difficult to photograph.

But the adult birds are as magnificent as ever.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!

 

DP Photo Challenge: friend, take 2

The Big T and I spent quite a lot of time this last summer at the Muriwai gannet colony.  Although these gannets don’t necessarily mate for life, breeding pairs do share incubation and chick-care duties.

Watching the interactions between these magnificent birds, it is hard not to project human friendship traits onto their behaviour.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | friend.

Nature’s healing touch

Muriwai; looking south from Gannet colony lookout. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Muriwai; looking south from the gannet colony lookout. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned (at least 100 times) that life is really hectic at the moment. My role with NZ Sculpture OnShore has become all-consuming, the boy-child has exams looming, and of course we’re starting to think about life-after-exhibition-and-school —  in particular selling the house and moving on.

Yesterday it all got a bit too much. Not so much the volume of work, but the politics of a voluntary organisation exacerbated by the stress that everyone is under. So I ran away!

Does that make me sound like a quitter? A bad person? To clarify — I ran away for the afternoon. Away from my desk and email and the telephone, to Muriwai, on Auckland’s west coast. I had set out to visit Boric Food Market for some last-minute dinner ingredients but somehow just kept driving.

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Down the hill, turn the corner, and this is the view of Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Muriwai is the first west-coast beach I ever visited. I was about nine, and on a school trip. I was enchanted — I still am. Not being a particularly strong swimmer, I prefer more sheltered beaches for taking a dip, but for a lung-filling walk to clear the cerebral cobwebs, the beaches of New Zealand’s west coast are hard to beat.

Looking north up Muriwai Beach.

Looking north up Muriwai Beach. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

One of the first dates the Big T and I ever went on was to Muriwai. We sat on the cliff at Maori Bay, drank Guinness and listened to Luke Hurley. Unsurprisingly, his song Japanese Overdrive is one of my all-time favourites.

Out to sea from Maori Bay, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

Out to sea from Maori Bay, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

The gannet colony, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

The gannet colony, Muriwai. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Framed/edited with Pixlr Express.

I wasn’t gone for long, and I even remembered to drop into Boric. Afterwards I felt better able to cope. Muriwai does that for me.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. You can join in here.