Lens Artists Challenge #77 – 2019’s favourite photos

The Lens-Artist’s final challenge for 2019 is to look back at the year in images.

We’re off the grid but there are 2 sets of power lines crossing our place. Ironic. This pylon is across the road from our gate. In January, an early storm darkened the western sky as the sun rose in the east, highlighting the freshly painted steel structure.

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In February this cow posed artistically under the pylon.


My gerberas looked their best in March.


The low light of autumn on the Central Plateau brightened this line of pylons as they delivered power to the upper North Island.

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In May, autumn winds blew leaves off the trees to carpet the ground.


Red hot poker, knifophia brightened up the beginning of winter.


The camellias couldn’t tell the difference between winter and spring and in July started to show their colours.


In August, we welcomed 6 new kokako to our part of the world. NEWS FLASH!!! Kara, and Ponga are nesting – she is sitting on eggs. 🙂


In September, we had an adventure in Canada and Alaska.

BC Government buildings in Victoria on Vancouver Island.

Spring made an early appearance in October.

Banksia rose

November’s fine weather bought out a bunch of Mini enthusiasts.


December skies were stormy and tragedy took the gloss off the holiday season. But baby birds still needed feeding and their mothers ran themselves ragged keeping up.

Young magpie waiting for lunch.

These are a few of the photos that made up 2019.

Many thanks to Patti, Tina, Amy and Ann-Christine for the challenges that keep us practicing and improving our photography. I can’t wait till 2020’s challenges are underway. Happy new year everyone.




    • Thanks Tina. We have a small population of kokako here, they’re song birds not parrots with a beautiful unique voice. They’re nationally endangered and our local birds are struggling to survive. The new birds have been transferred from another site by our Department of Conservation to try to save our ones, an injection of new blood. The eggs will hatch in 18 days all going well, then they’ll feed the chicks for another 3 weeks before they fledge. It’s a real thrill and a sign of success of the transfer. I’ll try to see them on the nest but they’re notoriously difficult to spot, secretive and they spend their lives at the top of the bush canopy. I’ve written a few posts about the translocation if you want to know more, just search kokako.


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