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Friday, October 31, 2014

Delay to Release of 365 Days of Poetry

Well, life got interesting this week has seen me have to deal with a family member developing a spontaneous pneumo-thorax as well as resigning from my day job, so there will be a fortnight's delay to 365 Days of Poetry, while I catch up with things, and make sure I have the time to care for my family.




The poetry in this volume comes in a variety of styles and genres, and is arranged in no particular order. I have played with traditional forms such as the cinquain, and worked with free-form and rhyme. I have written about the world around me, and about worlds that probably don’t exist. I have tried to write poetry from the perspective of someone in the distant future writing about a new world, and I have written poetry with fantasy themes. Welcome to the worlds in my head.

Scheduled Release Date: November 15, 2014.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Australian Birds: Crested Pigeons (Ocyphaps lophotes)

These native pigeons visit my backyard. They're pretty shy, even when bribed with seed, and will only tolerate the camera for short periods of time.

At first it was only one,


 weighing up the camera angle vs. the food.


 When the camera didn't give chase,


 he gave the all-clear and a few of his friends came down to join him.


More information on top-knot pigeons can be found at the following sites:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Australian Birds: Crimson Rosella (Platycercus eximius)

I can never tell what I'll find when I head out of the house. This fine afternoon, I found a pair of eastern rosellas, but only one of them would oblige me by sitting long enough to sit still for a photograph or three.



He looked very handsome in the afternoon light, even when preparing to fly.




I encountered them on another walk - this one in the morning but, as soon as I turned the camera towards them, they took wing. Here's all I got.




To find out more about the crimson rosella, try visiting the following sites: