Stuart McLean – In Memoriam

I just heard the sad news of the death of Stuart McLean. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his crew and photographing his show in 2009 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. The video I made of the photographs is accompanied by one of his best loved stories, as told by Stuart himself. It’s a very funny story and typical of Stuart’s wonderful story telling talent. He was a Canadian literary treasure who will be sorely missed.

Sunset Over the Deben

Sunset over the River Deben, Woodbridge, Suffolk- Steven Kennard 2015
Sunset over the River Deben, Woodbridge, Suffolk- Steven Kennard 2015

On our first day in Suffolk we were reminded of the beautiful sunsets that so often occur in this county. This is the River Deben, seen from Woodbridge in late November.

Sleeping Elsie

Sleeping Elsie - Steven Kennard 2016
Sleeping Elsie – Steven Kennard 2016

I have few words for this photograph. My little granddaughter, Elsie looks so peaceful sleeping that I couldn’t help myself wanting to capture this beautiful moment.

More of My Day in New Zealand

Although I only had one day to spend in New Zealand sightseeing, thanks to my new found friend Tref, I managed to get to see far more than I would have on my own. Clicking on any of these photographs takes you to my New Zealand Through My Lens gallery.

Ferry from Half Moon to Auckland - Steven Kennard 2016
Ferry from Half Moon to Auckland – Steven Kennard 2016

I caught a Ferry which took me from Half Moon to Auckland. It was a stormy day and the bright light when it appeared was a striking contrast to the dark and angry storm clouds. I liked the way the silhouette of the lighthouse was haloed by the glow of the dramatic sky.

Gannet Rock With Gannets

Gannet Rock with Gannets- Steven Kennard 2016
Gannet Rock with Gannets- Steven Kennard 2016

Gannet rock is a beautiful natural habitat for these wonderful birds. As you can see here, they spill over into the cliffs around, where they breed. I could have spent all day here.

Gannets on the Rocky Cliff

Gannets on Rocky Cliff - Steven Kennard 2016
Gannets on Rocky Cliff – Steven Kennard 2016

These beautiful birds were constantly moving around, preening, squabbling, mating, nest building and generally having a great time.

Gannets, Gannets, Gannets!

Gannets, Gannets, Gannets - Steven Kennard 2016
Gannets, Gannets, Gannets – Steven Kennard 2016

A closer look at the gannets on the cliff shows the activity of gathering materials and arranging into what are their nests. These are pretty primitive rustic things, just a few sticks, feathers and bits of debris. They don’t seem to feel crowded as their personal space seems to be defined by slightly more than the distance each one could reach to peck his neighbour with his sharp beak.

Storm Building off Muriwai Beach, New Zealand

Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand - Steven Kennard 2016
Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand – Steven Kennard 2016

The woodturning symposium in New Zealand where I was demonstrating finished on a Sunday and my flight wasn’t until Tuesday night. Thanks to the kindness of one of the attendees, Tref Roberts, I got to experience as much of the beauty of this country as was possible in one day. I had a whirlwind sightseeing tour of the area, where it was Spring time and the weather was very dramatic and changeable, which only intensified the experience on this unforgettable day. I will have a gallery of my images taken on that day and here is the first, on the shore of the beautiful North island.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof



What is it on that roof? - Steven Kennard 2016
What is it on that roof? – Steven Kennard 2016

The first day of my arrival in New Zealand (or was it the -1 day of my arrival, as I lost a Monday in there somewhere?) I thought I would take a little stroll around the neighbourhood and see where I was. I looked up on this roof and saw what looked like a flat stuffed animal lying on this roof. As I got a little closer to it to get a better look it moved its head and stared at me.

Cat on a hot tin roof, New Zealand - Steven Kennard 2016
Cat on a hot tin roof, New Zealand – Steven Kennard 2016

This character seemed amazed to see a Pom walking down his street! He was relaxing in the hot sun of this lovely Spring morning. He had to be the first thing I photographed on my trip.

See all of my animal gallery here http://stevenkennard.com/blog/skgallery/animals

Portrait of Ellie

Ellie Kennard - photo Steven Kennard 2016
Ellie Kennard – photo Steven Kennard 2016

As I get ready to go to New Zealand I thought I would post a photograph I took of my beautiful wife, Ellie, who won’t be able to go with me on my trip. It’s a long journey, but I won’t be away for many days, so this image of her will come with me. By chance, when I saw it, it reminded me a lot of a photograph taken of her when she was 18. When I saw that, I thought I would like to try to reproduce it. I’ll have to wait for when I get back for that. We got a Russian vintage lens, the Helios 44-2 with adapter and this was taken with that lens.

The original is here, taken by Pete Erskine, 1968:

Ellie Wornell, Photo by Pete Erskine
Ellie Wornell, Photo by Pete Erskine

The original image is here:
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