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A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Memories

There was a time when almost all of my summer memories were about cricket.  There was one year in my early teens where I watched at least some of every day of first class cricket at Eden Park – even getting the bus there straight from school to catch the post tea session later in the year.  While I still retain an interest in the game (particularly in those rare periods when New Zealand is doing well) I rarely go to a match these days.

This February’s test against India at the Basin Reserve was the first time I had been to a game live for several years.  It was also a chance to experiment with my new camera – my first DSLR – which I had only had for about six weeks at this point



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

I spent this past weekend in Christchurch – a city where some of my family are and where I lived for ten years.

I had two subjects in mind for photography before I went, and when this weeks theme was posted it all fitted in perfectly.  There was a big sense of being at the threshold – at a place in time and space that separates the past/present from the future.


I got to spend a bunch of time hanging out with my nephew.  At four and a half he seems on the verge of turning in to a “big boy”.


Of course he can still get engrossed in pretending to fly the kitchen stool to space.  But he can also think quite deliberately about the world – how it works and how he fits in to it.  More and more often he can also articulate those thoughts

He won’t be starting school till next year, but it feels like he is on the cusp of something exciting.



He is though doing his growing up in post earthquake Christchurch.  I am not sure that I feel the same optimism for the city as I do for him.  In the time I worked in Christchurch I had four different CBD offices.  All four have since been demolished.  One has some new building going on – three are vacant and derelict. They are all part of a city that is still working out where it is heading

tpk for heal



Weekly photography challenge: reflections: the old and the new


This reflection caught my eye when I was wandering through town last night so I went back and took a shoot at lunchtime.  It shows the MLC building and the BNZ building reflected in Grant Thornton house.  To me it demonstrates the mixture of old and new buildings we have in Wellington.  If some of the transport planners come to fruition the trolly bus wires will soon be a thing of the past.