Meerkat - Auckland Zoo, Auckland - New Zealand
I love Auckland Zoo.
With a focus on education and conservation, Auckland Zoo is an ever changing landscape of exotic and native species. The Meerkat enclosure has long been in existence, ever since I was a child exploring the tunnels and perspex domes that allow a more up close and personal view of their habitat.
This shot didn’t quite come out as clear as I wanted. But I like the composition. It was a very very hot day and I should have picked up a polarizer for my 50mm lens, but alas I had to make do.
Mexico - Ponsonby, Auckland - New Zealand
I took this shot a wee while ago after having lunch and a coffee with one of my dear friends. Ever since I first moved in to the Ponsonby area, I have loved walking down the street on a hot summers day. It’s a vibrant place, awash with many cultures, sub & counter ( for those sociologically inclined), with something for everyone’s taste.
There is always some new place to check out at least, with Mexico being part of a new tide of high quality Mexican & Latin American eateries that have been coming to the area in recent months.
I drove with Mum to Wellsford to pick up a fresh tank of Oxygen for Dad and took some pictures along the way. The traffic going north at the moment is insane — everyone driving further north for New Years Eve celebrations.
The weather is moody and the back roads were pretty this afternoon.
If there is one thing that I have loved all my life, it is pottering around in my fathers workshop’s. Being an engineer, he has always had every variety of tool and machine; which I am fairly sure could accomplish nearly any task imaginable.
I have developed an interest in sharpening blades, anything and everything that has a sharp edge, I love to hone and polish until it is sharp as it possibly can be.
So today I have been sharping Dad’s old wood planes and chisels and I thought it would be neat to snap a couple of photos of them in their deconstructed state. The large chisel took the most work as it has some nasty gouges and burrs. This required much fine filieing and shaping to remove the gouges and a long grind on one of my sharpening stones to finish the edge and then polish.
They have all come up fairly well considering their age, so I am chuffed!