AUTUMN

FALLs upon Southland. There are subtle hints, like the golf course changing colour in places—

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—and cute little mushrooms popping up all over … some to die for, others to die from—

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I was on my knees by the highway way out in the countryside, snapping the above when there came a loud squawk of bike brakes and a woman’s voice intruding upon my reveries—

“Are you okay?” with genuine concern.

She was about my own vintage and decked out in modern cycling gear which must surely have added to the discomforts of ancient biking. Seems she’d seen my butt sticking up out of the ditch and concluded (location, circumstances) that I’d had an accident; which was neighbourly of her—normally old dears advise me solemnly “not to eat those!” (I don’t. Brrrr …)

Later, in the golf course, I nearly achieved an ambition (no, not a hole-in-one)(I don’t play, I just keep finding lost balls—I gave away over a hundred and since have saved up about a hundred and thirty more) … I very nearly had a fantail perch upon my extended hand. No kidding—they are very flitty birds and quite friendly. S/he kept coming closer so I held my arm out; and just when it looked like it might actually land on the Spouse texted me …

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This next is from a ‘bark garden’ car park just outside Queens Park in town.

These things love bark for whatever reason and don’t mind the traffic at all.

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And within the park the management had forgotten to turn off the lighting on the rotunda again, which suited me nicely—

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—I love that the modern camera can be set to record in B & W plus a single selected colour; this time blue.

IT HAS BEEN

a bumper autumn so far for mushies, I’ll post some more soon (and try not to throttle the next sweet old dear that solemnly tells me not to eat them) …

BOOM BOOM

15 thoughts on “AUTUMN

  1. Beautiful colours and textures. I think I chanced upon your blog via the “related post” network. Love the delicate toadstools in the bark garden.. stunning photo. Anyway the OH and I have just moved to Tapanui so thought I’d say hi, I doubt I’ve come across a Southland blogger on WP before 🙂

    1. And a big cheery ‘Hi~!’ to you! The Spouse and I went to Gore today, where she did her thing and abandoned me (and my camera) to the autumn colours … SFX: cue “I’m in Heaven” please …

      1. We saw quite a progression of colour in Gore (lived there for the last year moving here 09 April). Recently we went to Clyde and loved all the autumn colour en route. Not to mention here in Tapanui, very lovely autumn!

      2. Remember that wee glove-puppet fox, Basil Brush? (Say no, or you’ll be admitting a greater age …)

      3. Haha.. yes well, our family didn’t have TV but there were times I did see Basil Brush and the name Basil always make me think of that fox 🙂

  2. Wow Argus! Those colors just POP off the screen and hit us right in the pucker! 🤩💋 Great stuff! And I love your B&W photo with blue-lights/highlights(?). A nice switch on the palette. 😉

    1. Flipped a switch on the camera—has a selection of ‘arty-crafty’ styles. That one was ‘keyline’. Normally I just shoot on a ‘P’ setting. set my own basic parameters, or ‘Auto’ sometimes (if in a helluva hurry and need the shot) — everything from bow to stern is then all in the lap of the camera. I prefer ‘P’ …

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