August 18th, 2006

Hokitika

Bath in the rain.

Yesterday I took a day off work to go to Bath with fujiirohana, her brother and her mother (my cousin Karen). Hannah needed to visit the Roman Baths. This gave me a chance to visit lots of my favourite book and CD and DVD shops. The unfortunate thing was the weather. Not so much a bath, but certainly a serious power-shower. 

This meant that my plans for lots of photography went, more or less, out the window. I did get some good shots but not the sort of things I was hoping for. So, as yet, I have failed to honour my agreement with ironicpseudonym but please bear with me and I will do my best to compensate. We called in at a few of the regional pretty places on the way home as things were clearing up a bit in the afternoon.

Otherwise, I have a new LJ friend to welcome. ashleygreene runs one of the communities I am a proud member of, scenic_scapes and where I have posted some of my pics. She has given me lots of encouragement and made me feel most welcome, so I am really honoured to be able to associate with her through LJ. As with all my LJ friends, I am looking forward to getting to know her better through her journal and to seeing lots more of her images. As she has been so kind when commenting on my photos, this one is for her. Ashley, I hope you like it. 

 

 It is the Rippon Vineyard at Wanaka. 
I just loved the bands of colour from the grass in the foreground right through to the clouds.

Hope St

For Ilmera

You told me that you want a personal pic from me. 
Well, this is just about my very favourite pic from all the ones I have taken. 
It is very special to me, as you are. 
I just love the composition, 
the flow of the dark kelp as it lies on the beach, 
the movement of the water, 
the blue cloudless sky,
the distant headland.

For me, it is Ilmera in the landscape.
It is warm, yet it is slightly sad.
It is beautiful.
It evokes very happy memories for me.
It is one of the most creative images I have ever taken, creative like you.
It is as natural as it is possible to be, at one with the sky, the sea, the land and nature.
It is something I cherish, love and respect, just as I do my friend.
It has a wildness but is welcoming.
It is peaceful and gentle.

Most of all, it is dedicated to Ilmera. 
It is an honour to dedicate something of my own creation that I am so proud of to you, my precious friend.
I hope you are happy with my choice.