Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Outside a Cafe Window

This was taken last summer. I took this from inside the Park Cafe at Marahau, at the start of the Abel Tasman National Park walk. It is a monochrome 35mm film scanned directly. The flax flowers are waiting for native birds to come; we often find tuis on these flaxes.

12 years ago today, we came to New Zealand, for me to study English and for Meg to have a leisurely life, for eight months. I can't imagine living anywhere else now, and Meg continues to have a leisurely life.


  1. hey... hello thank u for passing by... i'll promise to put some more stuff in english... loved your last 5 'shots' NZ must be a marvelous place to live... mountains and sea, side by side... wow... paradise...

  2. great place and everybody should have leisurely life as much as possible.

  3. Congratulations Ben!
    I wish you and Meg many more happy years in New Zealand and many more wonderful photos.

    All the best!

  4. This is a nice composition. It looks like the land goes on forever.

  5. Very peaceful view! I like it. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. This is a lovely photo. it encouraged me to read the links you included...and to visit Meg's links. I like her blog title.

  7. Happy anniversary! I also wish you many more happy NZ years. Captivating photo!

  8. I hope you have a wonderful life in NZ Meg and Ben.:) The paradise is given to it:)

  9. Hey! I'm on the plane tomorrow! 12 years of leisurely life sounds just about right to me!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes.

  10. To Hard-working Ben and Leisurely Meg, You must be having a great life! Good for you!! Like the tones of this photo and thanks for th link to the tuis. Magical bird!!

  11. great pic... lines of the shadows are perfect :)
    when you like the place where you live, your life and spirit are there, in each detail.

    greetings from Trujillo-Peru


  12. Thank you all for so many kind comments.
    We certainly home another so many years of good life in New Zealand.
    I'm still fighting to lean English and Meg is actually covering lots of things.

    And yes, I also like this photo. It was originally a part of series I posted in Sketch book in September.
    Meg Asked me to use one for NDP so this one was selected.

  13. I love everything about this post, the tremendous quality of the photo, the little insight into your personal lives, the link to the tui webpage.

    Does this bird actually say Tui, Tui, Tui ?

    Keep blogging, working, enjoying life, I love what you do.

  14. Thanks Nathalie.
    I can't imitate how Tui sings by word. But... If you taught once, you never forget.
    It's a great bird to watch.
    Well according to the quick research at http://www.wildaboutnz.co.nz/mainsite/Tui.html.
    The sound of the tui is a harsh ‘keer keer’ sound and because tui has two voice box, tui can singe two songs.
    The song of the tui is loud and musical with interruptions of harsh coughs, clicks, rattles, whistles, bell-like chimes, gongs, wheezes and grunts.

    It’s very complicated, Eh?

  15. wow - that plant is spectacular - LOVE it!

  16. You can't see it in here, but it comes in all sizes, and the leaves are in all shades of greens, some yellowy, some purple/burgandy, and some lighter 'reds' but the flowers are unmistakable "hey, birds, over here!" dark, shiny, "wet", red.


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