Night Streaker, stunning capture of the night … many thanks to @markgcomau

You may remember a few weeks ago, I posted a photo of a meteor streaking through frame with the Milky Way setting behind it. Well that shot was taken from a frame of a time-lapse I captured when testing out the new Magic Carpet slider from SYRP. I had two cameras shooting time-lapse at the same time that night. One was framed as per that shot, and the other was shooting the Syrp Genie motion control unit at work on the slider.

This video is a short compilation of those two time-lapses - I know a few people wanted to see it, so here it is - make sure you hit the HD button on the video and watch it full screen!

Hope you like it, and feel free to share!

The Art of Night - The Photography of Mark Gee

(Source: vimeo.com)

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Beachcombing at Lyall Bay - evidence of a quiet tragedy

Southerly swells often wash a lot of seaweed up on to the beach at Lyall Bay - but alas, there is more..

A mound of stuff, gathered as I wandered a few days ago on Lyall Bay beach (in the dog exercise zone) while my dog did his sniffing and exploring.  I have the habit of picking up rubbish while we are there because, although it seems I accomplish very little, still it might save a seabird or some fish from being starved by filling their stomachs with unbudging plastic, or being throttled by the fiendish little pieces floating in the water.  I realised this after seeing the heartbreaking introduction to Chris Jordan’s film-in-making,Midway, and since then I have been more alert to the danger - as plastic weathers it may break into very small pieces, but it never goes - it is always a threat.  Above is what I collected in an hour of gentle wandering.  The beach looked clean - it was only on looking closely that the rubbish was evident..

A small selection of the 431 pieces of stuff, from tiny to large, that I collected.  They are spread out to be seen more clearly - despite damage and weathering many are still recognisable everyday objects.  

People sometimes notice what I am doing and comment about me being “good” - but it is no big deal, my dog is exploring and enjoying the beach and I am too.  Most of this rubbish has probably not been left deliberately, but blown from rubbish bins, been washed out to sea in storm water, and so on.  We aren’t being “bad,” we just have too many risky products that end up damaging the life that is around us.

There is a big clean up/rubbish collection scheduled for Wellington’s south coast this weekend, and all around the world - on International Coastal Clean-up Day, the third saturday in September. 

We also need to clean up the way we use and deal with materials like plastic that persist and cause the quiet tragedy unfolding in our oceans..

via thegoodearth.co.nz

http://www.thegoodearth.co.nz/blog/beachcombing-at-lyall-bay-evidence-of-a-quiet-tragedy.html

Many thanks to Helen for this great post and a good reminder to look after our home, come and enjoy, be respectful and please make sure to take any rubbish away from the coast with you. 

Looking after our Coast - With yesterdays South Coast cleanup it is great to see it does not stop there. 

It is wonderful to see how folks look after our coastline and this will be another great event, thanks to the team for the information (more to come) 

Come November the annual 4WD Club South Coast cleanup happens…

With summer now not too far off it is time once again to set a date for the annual 4WD club (Cross Country Vehicle Club) South Coast Clean Up.

This year’s effort (our 14th) has been scheduled for Saturday 22/11/14.

The format will follow that used successfully in previous years;

9.30        Gather at the Red Rocks entrance to Te Kopahau Reserve (Old Owhiro Bay Quarry site)

9.45        Briefing and departure for short off road excursion

11.00     Arrive on coast followed by  2 – 2.5 hours wandering along picking up rubbish

1.30        BBQ at Red Rocks (4WD club to provide sausages, juice/tea/ coffee)

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Looking after our home - despite the wind and the cold, it was fantastic to see people out along the South Coast looking after our home, 

The annual cleanup, which saw people from Breaker Bay right along to Owhiro bay dig in and help cleanup along this coastline we are proud to call home. 

Many thanks must go to the team at Frontline Photography for these photos of the morning. 

https://www.facebook.com/Frontline23

Our coastline, from the South Coast and beyond, the communities and people of our home… we have something special here. 

Come rain or shine, fine weather or storms, there is no place like home. 

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Hasn’t felt much like spring recently but it is coming! With it comes the 5th year of the annual South Coast beaches spring clean-up.Once again we are inviting local groups, and members of the public, to join together to pick up rubbish from Owhiro Bay to Tarakena Bay. This event is organised by a group of volunteers. It would be great if could join us.We have got a growing number of business, schools and church groups joining us..…please let us know if you have more than 6 people so we can direct you to where you can make the biggest difference.When: Saturday 20 September 2014, 10.30-12.00.

https://www.facebook.com/events/701488113275562/

Hasn’t felt much like spring recently but it is coming! With it comes the 5th year of the annual South Coast beaches spring clean-up.

Once again we are inviting local groups, and members of the public, to join together to pick up rubbish from Owhiro Bay to Tarakena Bay. 

This event is organised by a group of volunteers. It would be great if could join us.

We have got a growing number of business, schools and church groups joining us..…please let us know if you have more than 6 people so we can direct you to where you can make the biggest difference.

When: Saturday 20 September 2014, 10.30-12.00.

https://www.facebook.com/events/701488113275562/

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