With 2017 drawing to a close its time to reflect on the year and start planning for 2018.

Its been a busy year for me this year with lots of exciting news along the way.  It’s mainly been macro work this year, and as much as I would have liked it to be more storm and astro orientated, we haven’t had as many opportunities this year to get out under the stars or share Mother Natures stormy stuff.

I entered a few competitions throughout the year and was buzzing when the results came out ………

Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition – awarded a ‘notable image’ for my shot of Torea:

D-Photo Magazine Amateur Photographer of the year – placed 2nd in the Macro category with this image:

NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year – Winner of the ‘Resene Colour Award’ with my little spidy shot:

As always it is interesting to see what the machines come up with and it’s never quite the ones I would have picked but here are Instagram’s best 9 selection for 2017.

Whats 2018 hold……

I am hoping to have a go at focus stacking and have my fingers crossed for some more storm and astro opportunities. I also have just finished putting in a frog pond at home (this was so i didn’t have to risk getting hit by golf balls at the local pond on the golf course). There are at least 10 new green residents so without a doubt there will be more frog shots on the way. In general it will be a year of experimenting more and seeing if I can mix it up a little.

Thank you to everyone for viewing my pictures and for all the support and comments throughout the year.

Wishing you all an exciting and successful New Year and 2018 🙂





Happy Place

Happy Place

Can you see me III discovered last week that I have a workmate who has a pond on their property and that they were happy for me to hang out for the day at their place.

Such excitement as I pulled up and Can you see mespotted all the frog weed, signaling an ideal frog habitat.

Although the frogs positioned themselves in quite hard to get to places, I managed to spot in excess of 12 Golden Bell Frogs of various sizes.

Golden Bell Frogs are an introduced species in New Zealand. They are one of three introduced frog species (from Australia) that belong to the hylid tree frog genus Litoria (Whistling or brownFrog Slime tree frog & Green and golden bell frog).

Unlike NZ’s native frogs they have a visible external eardrum (tympanum), and a horizontal, not rounded, pupil. Only the whistling frog is similar enough in size or colour to be mistaken for a native frog. They all have loud calls, and an aquatic tadpole stage.

Previous Golden Bell Frogs I have photographed have been about the size of your little fingernail so was almost beside myself when one of the
frogs I found was the size of my palm, I have never seen one that large Golden Bell Frog
before, It was such a buzz.

I came close to falling in the pond a couple of times however it would have well and truly been worth it.

I have found a new happy place, and will definitely be back to explore more.

Shed a Tear




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