March 26, 2020 – Covid – 19 Lockdown begins. So we make a hasty escape from Auckland city and were relieved to finally arrive on the island.
Water boundaries bring a sense of added safety and isolation. And solitude and challenge.
With movements restricted to inside the house and around the section I was soon reaching for my camera. And taking a second look at the microcosm I was living in. It was an opportunity to shoot and create new work. Taking photos always keeps me happy!
Although we’re mostly surrounded by bush, an evening stroll outside has floral rewards. A few beauties have managed to survive the dry island summer. Hibiscus, a quintessential island flower, flourishes here. They are resilient and colourful.
As is the Bird of Paradise, with its striking hues and exotic form. I also love the paddle shaped leaves in the background. I shot it in the evening “golden hour” to capture its true intensity of colour.
Birds abound. Kaka (native bush Parrot) do a low noisy fly by. Morepork (small bush dwelling Owl) call in the dead of night. Kereru (native Wood Pigeon) swoop and soar. Piwakawaka (native Fantail) flit cheekily about and a NZ Kingfisher darts by in a wondrous flash of blue/green iridescence.
Our “bach” has an evolving eclectic style…..see vignettes below. I obviously like colour!! Similar to my liking of hot coloured flowers.
The Hibiscus print in the entrance way is a retro artwork – my first large format canvas print. My first attempt at printing on glass was this Kawakawa Leaf splashback. I was initially attracted to capture it because of its heart shaped leaves. The Beach scene oil painting by Mike Morgan, an iconic Waiheke artist, is a playful and quirky depiction of beach life. There are thirty beach goers all painted with amazing detail, precision and humour.
Daily walks are a highlight of the day…..so much natural beauty to enjoy anew. (click images to enlarge).
We take the scenic route when driving to the supermarket for essential shopping. The Wedding Chapel at Man O’War Bay is all locked up but not for much longer hopefully. Onetangi Beach awaits bathers, but still very popular with Lockdown walkers.
Lockdown ended at 11.59pm on April 27, 2020.