She fills my heart with light

She fills my heart with light

There are some people that pass through your life that fill you with joy and sunshine. They shine so bright you can't look at them directly for fear of shattering into pieces.

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In a bind - still life with convolvulus and wind anemones

In a bind - still life with convolvulus and wind anemones

Even when the wind and rain and weeds get you down, stand tall and stay strong. Won second place in the Photography & Digital category and fourth overall in the LightSpaceTime Online Gallery's 7th Annual “Botanicals” Art Competition in Aug, 2017. https://www.lightspacetime.art/botanical-and-flor...

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Got my knickers in a twist

Got my knickers in a twist

Standing tall and holding ones head up while underneath there is turmoil

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In tatters

In tatters

There is beauty in resilience and a life well-lived

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Still life with black licorice sweet peas

Still life with black licorice sweet peas

Wandering back through the garden I noticed the black sweet peas were flowering, so I couldn't resist a bit of "dark and moody" still life action. Wish I could share with you how good they smell!⠀

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Time for tea

Time for tea

We'd been out and about all afternoon, taking photos at Wellington's Botanic Gardens when we thought "it's time for tea!". I was delighted to find that the herbal tea I'd ordered, was pink and it was served in a pink teapot - coincidence I'm sure in this busy cafe - but making for a perfect moment t...

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Star struck

Star struck

Autumn gloom and torrential rain, but the artichokes and sage don't give up!

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Still life in the hope of ratatouille

Still life in the hope of ratatouille

I love the patina of old copper. And yes the resulting ratatouille was delicious!

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The ballerinas

The ballerinas

En pointe and tutus whirling, these fuchsia flowers resist the autumn rains.

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The Magic Faraway Tree

The Magic Faraway Tree

Up in their favourite reading tree, Bob and Polly read bedtime stories with the baby birds of the New Zealand forest, watched over by a wise old owl.

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Pushing up daisies

Pushing up daisies

I am inspired by the day-to-day life in my garden and a love of whimsy.

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Kill your darlings

Kill your darlings

"Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings.” ~ Stephen King From a recent project exploring creativity and typography - although written about writing, this quote applies equally to art. Model: Lizzie D photographed b...

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Nurture your creative vision

Nurture your creative vision

Sometimes we have to do all that we can to block out the world so we can protect and nurture our fragile, newly-forming creative ideas. From a project exploring creativity and typography. Model: Katie Lynn photographed by Sebastian Michaels.

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Inspiration

Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere... dusty journals of a former life, treasured albums stuffed with photos, old suitcases filled with memorabilia, piles of books brimming with good intentions - hunt, search, seek and unlock your next creation. From a recent project exploring creativity and typography. M...

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The Magic Faraway Tree - by Enid Blyton

The Magic Faraway Tree - by Enid Blyton

"Nobody said anything. They stood and listened. 'Wisha-wisha-wisha-wisha-wisha-wisha!' said the trees in the wood, and bent towards one another in a friendly way." Photo of Boby and Polly by Jennifer Hay. Featuring the baby birds of the Aotearoa - New Zealand forests. Created for the KAIZEN Library...

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Larousse Gastronomique

Larousse Gastronomique

For the KAIZEN library project. Alternative title is "Still life in hope of ratatouille".

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590.87 Bird Watching

590.87 Bird Watching

"I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could" ~ John James Audubon. Featuring the North Island Kākā parrot of Aotearoa - New Zealand. Created for the KAIZEN Library Project.

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635: Gardening

635: Gardening

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need" ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero. Alternative title "All the inspiration in the world was not enough..." Created for the KAIZEN Library Project.

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The Scenic Route

The Scenic Route

Take the scenic route and go on the ride of your life with these crazy birds in their hot-air balloons. First up are the kākā parrots - dad and the kids - sailing into the unknown, closely followed by the boy racer and his girlfriend. Dawdling behind are the flamingos who take the time to admire the...

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Arise the rare and endangered Kāpiti kākā-phœnix

Arise the rare and endangered Kāpiti kākā-phœnix

On the shores of Kāpiti coast, an ancient parrot arises into the moonlight, cloaked in primordial flame and feathers. Ten percent of proceeds will go to support Zealandia EcoSanctuary.

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When I sing my heart ascends

When I sing my heart ascends

Kākā parrots forever inspire me, and in this piece I tried to capture the sheer joy of singing, even if you're not known as the most musical bird in the forest :-) An earlier version was published in the April 2016 PhotoArtistic Life magazine. Ten percent of proceeds will go to support Zealandia E...

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Still life with flamingos

Still life with flamingos

Cut-flower flamingos decorate gorgeous glass vases. A dose a surrealism with a dash of old master. Published in the August 2016 PhotoArtistic Life magazine. Ten percent of proceeds will go to support the Friends of Galapagos New Zealand trust.

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American Flamingo

American Flamingo

American flamingos reflected in the waters of the lagoon on Floreana, Galapagos Islands. #grunge #flamingo Ten percent of proceeds will go to support the Friends of Galapagos New Zealand trust.

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The dedicated follower of fashion

The dedicated follower of fashion

In the lagoon on Floreana Island, there is a most mod flamingo who believes in always looking his best! #flamingo #grunge Ten percent of proceeds will go to support the Friends of Galapagos New Zealand trust.

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Soon all we'll have are memories

Soon all we'll have are memories

This image is inspired by the incredibly endangered kākāpō parrot in Aotearoa - New Zealand. With only around 150 left in the universe, they are critically endangered, but are also one of the most peculiar birds in the world. Highly intelligent, charistmatic, nocturnal, and flightless. A percentage...

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Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninsula

A stormy day on Otago Peninsula looking out from Taiaroa Heads

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Passing through

Passing through

A glimpse of another life, another world, as we race by with our busy lives. Published in the July 2016 PhotoArtistic Life magazine.

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Old Sod Cottage

Old Sod Cottage

Come and visit Old Sod Cottage and you may be lucky enough to bump into this rare yellow-eyed penguin and his friend. Inspired by the scenery of Southland, New Zealand. Published in the July 2016 PhotoArtistic Life magazine. Ten percent of proceeds will go to support the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust.

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The end of summer's green

The end of summer's green

Flowering garlic chives are captured in dappled autumnal light.

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Autumnal artichoke

Autumnal artichoke

The beauty of globe artichokes does not fade with their purple flowers; instead they turn into sculptural works of art.

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Around the corner

Around the corner

Inspired by frequent walks in Zealandia EcoSanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand, this image captures the feelings of anticipation and exploration. Ten percent of proceeds will go to support Zealandia EcoSanctuary.

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