Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Back to the cold

Brendan Moyle Nov 08, 2015

Well, in December I make my next expedition overseas.  It’ll be my sixth trip in the last 12 months, and like all the others, up in the Northern Hemisphere.  More specifically, China. I’m heading to the far north so it’ll be very cold.  So that’s a whole lot closer.  This is adding up to a lot of hours in … Read More

A trip to Fairy Falls

Brendan Moyle Oct 25, 2015

My last two attempts to photograph the Fairy Falls (in the Waitekere Ranges) were thwarted by the weather. On the first occasion, bright sunlight blew out the highlights on the water. On the second occasion, it rained. On Wednesday we had rain and bouts of bright sunshine. But the bits in between worked out okay. I have discovered that most … Read More

Counting Ivory: Does it add up?

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2015

The publicity the illegal trade in ivory gets is at the moment, running high.  By way of background, the estimated numbers of elephants being illegal killed in African range states, ranges from 25,000 to 35,000 a year.  That means- roughly- there is about 250-350 tons of raw ivory being harvested by poachers annually.  The average weight of a tusk is … Read More

Hawkes Bay Waterfalls: Maraetotara

Brendan Moyle Sep 19, 2015

I think I am getting more efficient with my waterfall photography.  The car boot almost always has a tripod, some rope, and some hiking gaiters ready.  Then it’s just a matter of bringing a camera and some appropriate lenses.  In August, I was over in Napier.  With my afternoons free, it was a chance to do some exploring. One of … Read More

Sunday Seascape 11

Brendan Moyle Sep 13, 2015

This scene is from Browns Bay.  I like to find areas where there is something interesting in the foreground, and in this case, the rocks and pools drew me to this position.  Rangitoto is always a good element to have on the horizon.  Despite the grey skies, there was enough going on in the sky to make the shot worth … Read More

Sunday Seascape 10

Brendan Moyle Sep 05, 2015

This scene is from Ahuriri in Napier.  I was over in the Hawkes Bay last week, and had packed some camera gear.  Originally I was supposed to be in China.   The mission to investigate the illegal market in bear-bile however, is suffering a few delays.  On the plus-side, the environment is much nicer in the Hawkes Bay than China. Read More

Friding in Auckland

Brendan Moyle Aug 25, 2015

Cycling isn’t the most popular travel method in Auckland.  If I mention I cycle to or from work, or for recreation, there tends to be a moment of silence, followed by some comment about risking life and limb.  It isn’t quite that dangerous.  I do wish motorists were a little more aware of me still. Cycling though has a number … Read More