Images of some local topics from N.Z. ..

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Oak park trees in autumn
Oak and beech trees in autumn in Little Hagley Park, Christchurch.
E-510 & DZ 14-54 @ f/8.
ORF file and Neat Image were used


Douglas-fir plantation
Douglas-fir plantation at Golden-Downs Forest, Nelson.
E-1 & DZ 14-45 @ f/8.


Wooden bowl
Turned bowl of deciduous hardwood, oiled with walnut oil.
E-3 & DZ 14-54 @ 1/8 sec & f/16.


Anemone
Anemone flower all frosted.
E-3 & Panagor 55mm f/2.8 macro @ f/8.
1/100 sec, hand-held


Anemone
Anemone flower opening after frost in Spring.
E-3 & Panagor 55mm f/2.8 macro @ f/16.
Front-lit with white card
Backlight from sun.
Another day, another lens.
Hand-held, 1/50 second
Anemone
Anemone flower opening after frost in Spring.
E-3 & Panagor 55mm f/2.8 macro @ f/16.
Front-lit with white card
Backlight from sun.
Another day, another lens.
Hand-held, 1/50 second
Anemone
Anemone flower opening in the frost of Spring.
E-3 & Zuiko 50/3.5 @ f/16.
1/15 sec, tripod
Front-lit with aluminium plate reflector


Anemone
Anemone flower opening in the frost of Spring.
E-3 & Sigma 90mm macro @ f/16.
Front-lit with aluminium plate reflector
Backlight from sun.
Another day, another lens.
Hand-held, 1/60 second

The next sets were prompted by Nathan showing one pic of   Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans) seen in Spain. it grows in coastal areas of New Zealand and sometimes hybridises with Echium pinninata which is a species capable of growing 4 metres tall. This is a herb with an un-branched stem. The hybrid is a large droopy shrub with inflorescences (flowering stems) that are much longer than E. candicans has.
Inflorescences of a hybrid between Echium candicans and Echium pinninnata.
Hybrid. Photographed through window glass with E-1 and DZ 14-45
Inflorescences of a hybrid between Echium candicans and Echium pinninnata.
Hybrid. Photographed through window glass with E-1 and possibly Kiron 28/2

As far as I know these are pure Echium candicans, photographed near the bottom of my former city section.
Inflorescences of Echium candicans.
E-1 and Kiron 28/2
Inflorescence of Echium candicans.
E-1 and Kiron 28/2
Sometimes the inflorescences are so heavy especially after rain that they cannot remain erect and assume a horizontal position.
Inflorescence of Echium candicans.
E-1 and DZ 14-45.
Inflorescences of Echium candicans.
E-1 and DZ 14-45.

Spur valerian plants; three in a garden, and a mass on a slope overlooking Lyttelton Harbour.
The rose in the left image is Bantry Bay by McGredy; a wonderful climber.
Spur valerian and Bantry Bay rose.
E-1 and DZ14-45@1/4 sec at f/8
Wild Spur valerian over Lyttelton harbour.
E-1 and Zuiko 100/2 @ 1/500 & f/8

In October 2010 we went to Arrowtown, about 90 minutes drive away. Arrowtown is a former goldmining village in a picturesque mountainous area with quite cold winters, and decades ago re-invented itself as a domestic holiday spot but now tries to capture the overseas tourist market, with some overpriced boutique shops. So in some respects, the place is a bit up itself. But some shops are OK. There are historical walks, and on this day we discovered something unexpected and colourful .... ...
I have cut the file sizes down to mostly less than 150kb, for speed of loading.
This has made some appear less sharp than otherwise they might have been.
Arrowtown roofs.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Something's cooking; restaurant smoke over the roofs of gold shops.
Arrowtown walk among willows.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Touristy woods walks among willows near the river.
Errant photographer.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Even zuikoholics without cameras may be seen.
Mall view, Arrowtown.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Back in the village, beyond the other end of a dingy Mall, was this remarkable splash of red. I had to investigate.
Red car.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
This is getting more interesting ...
Chev Impala at Arrowtown.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Looks magnificent, in its own way ...
Chev Impala at Arrowtown.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Judge for yourself. A Chevrolet Impala no less !
Chev Impala convertible interior.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Beautifully restored.
Chev Impala outside Arrowtown Mall.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Here it is from the RHS.
Flowering quince at Arrowtown.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
It was Spring, and a magnificent old quince bush is in flower on the site of some long-gone building.
Sculpture with glass rods and light.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
A visit to an art gallery where there was this interesting 'light' sculpture.
It was an interesting exercise to get the camera to focus on the Forsythia flowers within the sculpture.
The road from Arrowtown to the Queenstown-Cromwell road.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
Back the way we came; we drive on the left ... I was on the right of the centre-line for photographic purposes only!

Resolution question.
E-3 and DZ 14-54
A loss-less 800 x 600 pixel crop. E-3 and DZ 14-54.
Auto focus. Original image size 3648 x 2736.
5099 KB file size
Tripod mounted, IS off.
Is this as sharp, straight from camera
as it should be ?
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Roamin' statue.
In the Classical tradition
A recent Roamin' God.
Photo by his Goddess in N. Italy.
Snow fun
Kids here call this
"Making an Angel"
Snow fun
Looks as though
the cameras will cop a snowball!

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1400 pixel-wide resizing.
No other post-processing.

Trampoline jumps
Even in this dress
I can do jumps on the tramp.
Trampoline jumps
Told you !
Trampoline jumps
Another jump
Trampoline jumps
Yet another.

That's it for now ...