Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Double Exposure Ohiwa Harbour, Bay Of Plenty NZ and haiku opportunity to participate.

 Double exposure of Janet with bike and native vegetation at Ohiwa. 

 new bike flaming red
 new cardigan fluro pink
you in black, oh dear

For those of you who still don't know what a haiku is;  I will  tell you again
 It's a three lined poem with syllables, five seven five, of Japanese derivation. 

I have a strong desire for  people to write to me at jkeen@clear.net.nz and email me a haiku in response to my photos.
 I will be publishing a book sometime in the future; so you could have a chance to be in it. 
 Please send me your haiku with your country of origin and I will publish it on this blog. 

Ohiwa Holiday Experience. 

My husband Graham  and I went for a short four day holiday to Ohiwa Harbour Holiday Park. 
During this time had a number of mini -adventures; namely...

#Eating out at nice cafes; (there's a lovely French one in Whakatane).
#Biking around Ohiwa Harbour. 
#Walking up to the top of the hill at the back of the camp where there is an Old Maori Pa site and panoramic views of the sea, mountains, farmland, estuary and native bush.
#Biking from the mouth of the Whakatane river ; along the river banks to the bridge at the entrance to the Whakatane township. 
This takes around an hour to bike, it's flat and has very interesting scenery.
#Walked the round trip up the hill at Ohiwa down the other side to Boyd's beach and back along the beach to the camp; this took three hours and I had a three hour sleep after it.
# I took lots of photos, this place is one of the best I have found for nature photos; the land is fresh, unspoilt and wild. 
The sunsets are scintillating and the warm temperatures and fresh sea air make you come back to your normal life with a feeling of unbridled optimism. 

I recommend this place, I must have been there thirty  times; Graham and I discovered  accidentally over 16 years ago while going on a rambling country drive, where I said to him, "lets go down this road and see what we can discover." 
 It is out special place, full of romance and intrigue and like Noosa on Queensland; I never tire of it or being with him there. 

We sometimes  go to the camping ground in the off season as it's quiet. 
We don't like noise, loud music and crowds. 
When we go on holiday together we are like little hermit crabs, Having adventures side by side, locked on our own dreams and coming together from time to time to laugh and joke at the absurdity of situations that lots of other people would possibly  not find humourous. 
He does cryptic crosswords and  suduko, reads the Herald and  surfs the net for news and I create by illustrating  in my visual diary or taking photos, making cards and writing short stories and poetry.
 I read interior design magazines and art books and sometimes books on how to write children's short stories. 

We eat good quality food like camembert cheese, oysters, squid rings, fish and fruit and we do a lot of exercise; breathing in fresh air. 
We are happy holidaying and adventuring  together;  it is something we have always done well. 

 The facilities at the Ohiwa beach Camp  are clean and tidy. 
The grounds well kept and the owners friendly and unobtrusive. 
There are tons of things to do in Ohiwa, like walking, photography, fishing and biking.
 I urge you to go,I have been all oer New Zealand and to my mind it is one of the seven wonders of the unspoilt NZ world. 

mind wanders with thoughts
of what you are doing now
trees lost all leaves
Janet Keen, NZ
I did eight  illustrations while  I was away and experimented with laying washes of colour from double exposure photos behind my doodles. 

sheep soon trot away
the minute my camera's out
hard not to catch bums
Janet Keen, NZ

I took lots of shots of sheep, this one is double exposed with branches 

skeletons of  trees 
masses of shaky fingers 
scratching a weak sun
Janet Keen, NZ

The bare branches with blurred background obtained while firing off my camera while Graham was driving. 

                                      fishing boat mirrored
                                     beside the old wooden wharf
                                      ripples break you up
                                                     Janet Keen, NZ  
The harbour at Ohope has a lovely wharf with old and new fishing boats with loners and odd balls fishing. 
Apparently large fish can be caught here when the tide and conditions are right. 
They weren't right this day which accounted for the air of despondency. 

 Boy fishing Ohope Wharf 1.

                 one fishing boy droops
                rod reeling in empty hook
                do jumping fish laugh?
                          Janet Keen, NZ

                 boy fishes alone
                 two more boys fish together 
                bickering seagulls 
                              Janet Keen NZ
Boy fishing, Ohope Wharf 2.

lost in deep dark thoughts
 young man broods about his life
hawk circles above
Janet Keen NZ

Boy fishing, Ohope Wharf 3. 

                                                         walking on the wharf
                                      first thing attracting my eye 
                                      pool of  reflections
Patterns from the reflections of the  famous weathered, grey Ohope wharf on the water, double exposed with branches of de-nuded poplars. 

                                                       usual view from wharves
                                     snaking rivers of sage sprats
                                    thieving pippy bait
                                                          Janet Keen, New Zealand
Double exposed poplar trees and Ohope wharf reflections. 

Creative Quotes of the day
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

“Doing something positive will help turn your mood around. When you smile, your body relaxes. When you experience human touch and interaction, it eases tension in your body.”
Simone Elkeles, Return to Paradise

“Relationships are steppingstones for the evolution of our consciousness. Each interaction we have, be it one of joy or contrast, allows us to learn more about who we are and what we want in this lifetime. They bring us into greater alignment…as long as we continue to move forward and do not get attached to hurt, anger, or being a victim.”
Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

1 comment:

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