Ripples

Te Aro Park #1 (16 May 2014)

Te Aro Park #1 (16 May 2014)

These two images – perhaps the most interesting of the batch – have remained in my camera since the experimental shots were taken in Wellington’s historic Te Aro Park, one afternoon more than a month ago. I was reminded of them at lunchtime today as I sat in Civic Square, sharing my fish and chips with a flock of boisterous and rowdy gulls, several of which dared to grab morsels held out to them.

Te Aro Park #2 (16 May 2014)

Te Aro Park #2 (16 May 2014)

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The birds pictured here are likely to be black-billed gulls, but some of them could be red-billed gulls (the most common of New Zealand’s gulls).

On a summer morning

blackbird (female)

blackbird (female)

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Curious blackbird
trapped behind glass, screams, struggles
against gentle hands.

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The courtyard door is often open on fine summer mornings, and the birds I feed are sometimes tempted to hop up onto the doorstep and peer inside. Today, whilst making my bed, I heard unusual noises. In the dining-room, a female blackbird was hurling herself at the window.

(04 January 2013)

Joyeux anniversaire, Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen (10 December 1908 – 27 April 1992) was a French composer, organist and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. His music is rhythmically complex (he was interested in rhythms from ancient Greek and from Hindu sources); harmonically and melodically it is based on modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from his early compositions and improvisations. Many of his compositions depict what he termed “the marvellous aspects of the faith”, and drew on his deeply held Roman Catholicism. (Adapted from the Wikipedia article, Olivier Messiaen.)