Silence is a war crime

Street art, Whangarei, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

On a recent weekend in Whangarei I was really impressed by the amount and quality of the street art that has been installed around the city. It seems that street art has moved from an underground, rebel act to one approved, organised and funded by local authorities.

Not that I’m complaining.

This was my favourite work. I wish I could find out more about it.

Detail; street art, Whangarei, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Posted to Lens Artists Photo Challenge | street art

“Ready for my close-up”

Definitely not an ornothologist; but I think this is a pied shag. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

I’m no ornithologist, but I think this is a pied shag.  Seen at Whangarei Town Basin, Northland, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

The Big T and I escaped the city last weekend for a (too) short trip “up north.” Part holiday, part real estate search, we stopped at Whangarei’s Town Basin for coffee, a visit to Burning Issues gallery and to enjoy a late-afternoon walk around the marina.

Wings outstretched to catch the afternoon sun? Pied shag, Whangarei Town Basin, Northland, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Wings outstretched to catch the afternoon sun? Pied shag, Whangarei Town Basin, Northland, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

This bird was perched contentedly, wings outstretched and oblivious to our interest.

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Pied shag, Whangarei Town Basin, Northland, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. This week’s theme is nature. The post title comes, of course, from Gloria Swanson’s wonderful line in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard:

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.”