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  Sunday, 24 June 2007

Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)

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  Saturday, 23 June 2007

Project mayhem

7:40:59 PM    Comment []

Morning Sun on Teal Valley
(print available)

The view from my front doorway this morning.

2:49:40 PM    Comment []

  Thursday, 21 June 2007

Strange 5pm light

Over the fence

10:33:46 PM    Comment []

  Sunday, 17 June 2007

Low Tide

Rocks Road

7:37:50 PM    Comment []

  Tuesday, 12 June 2007


I've just figured out my cellphone camera has a selftimer ;)

7:00:06 PM    Comment []

  Saturday, 9 June 2007

Lake Manapouri

"Age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

9:03:19 PM    Comment []

  Tuesday, 5 June 2007



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  Monday, 4 June 2007

KAP montage
(Poster & Postcards available)

I'm rebuilding my KAP rig. Why. Short answer is higher resolution. I am now confident enough to put my Canon 400D digital up there. I have been using a Nikon 4100 with a broken screen that I found on TradeMe for $10. Unfortunatley it spent several minutes lens down in a puddle the other day, while I was busy struggling to ground a strong pulling kite. It no longer takes pictures... so either I replace it with another low-res compact or take the big step forward and modify the rig to fit the 400D. I will be adding carbon legs, so the camera is not the first thing to touch the ground on landing and its kept out of the mud before take off. I will be removing the shutter servo, replacing it with a gentLED which will enable me to fire the shutter electronically (therefor taking advantage of the auto-focus) via an RC channel. I ordered all the bits and bobs I need from the KAPshop on Saturday. When it arrives and the rig is ready I'll need to revisit all the KAP shoots I've done so far for the high-res poster-sized shots.

5:18:09 PM    Comment []

  Saturday, 2 June 2007

Kaycee in Teal Valley

Web in morning sun

7:29:46 PM    Comment []

A couple of years ago I had a little go at bone carving to keep busy during the winter months. The pictures and text I posted then have since become pretty popular with google. I guess there isn't much info about bone carving on the web. I quite often get emails from people who are trying their hand at bone carving, just like I was, with questions about technique, materials, and tools. I'm no expert but I gladly pass on what I do know. This morning Con asked me about this lashing, the knotted ridge, seen here on my wahle tail carving:

And here's how it's done:

Knotted Ridge

First a recess is carved into the bone for the lashing to sit into. This keeps it looking very tidy with the top surface of the lashing flush with the surface of the bone carving. A hole is drilled right through the peice at the base of the recess.The four lines of the main braid go through that hole, then up the back of the carving. (After the lashing is complete these are then braided to go around the wearers neck.) A seperate peice of cord is used for the lashing itself. Starting with a basic lashing at the top, the tail is then looped repeatedly around the back of the carving, and knotted through itself at the front. You keep looping and knotting until you cover the whole recess. the end is then pulled back under the lashing with a small loop left under the lashing for exactly that job. If you pull the tail end right up under the line of knots it makes them standout just that little bit more.I have used this lashing on several carving and it is very strong, and very stylish.

9:19:59 AM    Comment []

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