It hardly seems a few months since my last Christmas message, but here we are, the year is winding down .
For some of us the cold is creeping in, others the heat is blowing us away, either way for us mad photographers, regardless of the season, each holds its own beauty and we are compelled to capture it.
For me Christmas is a time to remember that God incarnated Himself into His own creation. He did this so He could identify with us and our struggles and to help us overcome life’s hurdles. He went on to eventually experience death on a cross after living the perfect life and defeat it on our behalf. This opens the way for us to fellowship with Him and share His new life for all eternity if we come to Him as a Father to forgive us our sins and walk with Him through this thing we call life.
Jesus is the ultimate Christmas gift to mankind.
For me the huge blessings this year has been the people God bought into my life.
Some were just passing through, others will become life long friends, others may become much more and most somewhere in between.
I want to thank those who have hired me over the year to share with you my passion and to help me realise my dream of teaching and encouraging people to get the best out of their gear and to really look at things and life with deliberate intention.
Photography can be much, much, more than just clicking the shutter. it can change the way you see light, colour and life itself, if you let it.
Photography can stop you in your tracks and make you pay close attention to what is going on around you. It can force you to enjoy and live in the moment, something God has been impressing on me this year. God is not the, (I was), or the (I will be) , but identifies Himself as the I AM.
I also want to say a great big thankyou to all the members of my Facebook Group New Zealand bird image share
Our group has grown to over 1,000 members now and is a dynamic community where people can post their bird images, both New Zealand birds and those from over seas and share their excitement or disappointment.
We have a theme for every day of the week as well as post what ever bird you feel like.
The place is buzzing, exciting and inspiring for people at all levels of expertise.
Again A great big THANKYOU to you peoples for making the group such a success. ❤
November was yet another super busy month with myself on a personal quest to get a good shot of the Black Fronted Dotterel or little bandits as I call them because they have a natural mask.
Remain standing up and all you will see of these birds is them at a distance .
But get down on your tummy, lie flat and try and make yourself look half pie hidden and they can not resist coming in close just to let you know that they are on to you.
The chick magnet thingie
November is chickie time, not human female chickie time, but birdie chickie time.
The Wading birds on our coasts start laying their eggs and raising their young
The promise of things to come
Thus the month started off with an irresistible pull to monitor and eventually photograph the next generation of birds.
Being an expectant Banded Dotterel is not for the faint hearted out on the exposed sand spit at Waikanae frequent sand storms make life very uncomfortable for days on end .
Dotterels are forced to face into the wind to prevent sand from getting in between the feathers at the root level and damaging the structure so with eyeballs dripping with watery sand, they face the onslaught and patiently await the arrival of their young.
Still stormy but the wind has let up
Meantime I had a workshop back in the forest where the sand does not go.
Remember to always clean your camera when you come back home from the beach
This is mr tīeke the Saddleback , once seldom seen but because of the tireless work of a few they are making a huge comeback on the mainland of New Zealand.
The Cock Pheasants are still out strutting around showing off to the girls .
Back to the beach
One of two New Zealand Dotterel, the first ever recorded this far south on the western side of the North Island Waikanae 2017. May we get more of these rare birds down here in the future.
and eventually they arrive, the Dotterel Chicks, the moment we have all waited for
Not much bigger than a thumb nail
But within a few short weeks he wants to push his Dad around.
The Oyster Catches nest along side the Dotterels
On time their young arrived too.
Basking in the warm evening sun.
All in all a great year thanks to the many peoples I have in my life.
Esp the Dotterel Crusaders group that we use to keep each other up to date with life out on the spit, Steve for being a great mate, Rosie for helping me with my website and encouraging me into seeking God on a deeper level, Danger Mouse for keeping me on my toes and Kath my week day companion.
Have a great Christmas peoples .
May next year be an exciting one. ❤