Sunday, 17 July 2016
Basically the job would be roughly as follows:
1. attend the Pacific Science Congress in Taipei and and take notes on lectures he was interested in but not able to attend due to overlap with others.
2. take photos of plants and critters, especially insects and spiders, using a camera that he would supply.
3. deal with any business-related computer correspondence using my laptop as he doesn't have one.
4. We would be visiting Palau, Pohnpei, and Guam in addition to Taiwan.
There would almost certainly be a bit of time off for me to do my own thing, and this would likely include the opportunity to go snorkeling.
There would be no payment for me, but all expenses would be paid.
The whole trip would be about 26 days.
I took about three days to think about it, asked hardly any questions, and said yes.
What would you have done?
Would you have asked any questions?
What would they have been?
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Friday, 3 June 2016
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Thursday, 12 May 2016
He or she has the lacy collar or cape draped casually over the shoulders, and the cravat of a proper regency gentleman ... rather like this:
No, actually more like this. (Yes I possibly have been reading too much Patrick O'Brian.)
Monday, 9 May 2016
On our return we were asked to create a work about some aspect of Wellington that we had experienced. There were no other guidelines and it could be any media.
It's no secret that I generally find cities quite difficult to visit for long. The impact of such a volume of concrete and glass, people and straight lines, is quite overwhelming. I chose to depict something of this, and contrast it with the scale of a line of school-uniformed children on a school trip to Te Papa.
I drew tiny views of buildings, tramlines, windows, paving, concrete, glass, metal, etc. from the zillions of photos I had taken on the trip.
I drew them with graphite on squares of thick paper, then arranged them in a grid, with care taken to contrast and composition based on tone and line as well as subject matter, and from where (in the field of vision) the subject matter was found.
Then I punched holes in the sides of the paper, inserted metal grommets, and wired the hole thing together.
Recently I framed it up and entered a competition with it and won! a fortnight's display in a local gallery. Which was pretty neat.
|Trip to Wellington 2011. Katherine Steeds. 80cm x 60 cm. Graphite on paper with grommets and wire.|
|Trip to Wellington - detail|
Saturday, 7 May 2016
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Monday, 2 May 2016
Sunday, 17 April 2016
I think this is a male, as his body is relatively slim and his legs are long. He spanned about 5 cm. I love his orangey pink pedipalps. He probably came inside looking for a mate as this is a common behaviour in Autumn. He uses his palps to taste and smell, and also, through a special bulb that develops on the palps, to transfer sperm to the female during mating.
|You can see his orange pedipalps clearly here.|
|A good image to show some of his eyes. I think I counted eight altogether.|
They are nocturnal, not well studied, and man, can they run fast! This one pattered audibly across the carpet before I cornered him and got him into a jar. I will take some more photos and let him go down the bank of the estate.
See the salmon-pink palp… I thought it was a bit of debris on the carpet at first, until I looked them up. In twenty-two years here, it's the first one I've seen.
Some people keep them as pets, and I can certainly see the appeal.
Loads more news to share. See you tomorrow.
Saturday, 13 February 2016
Before then, if I saw a praying mantis, those pumas of the insect world, those bold, confident and king predators, it was certain to be the New Zealand species: bright green, with a peacock feather-coloured eyespot on each forearm.
Then from somewhere, the South African mantis began to take over. Brown or green, with a fluffy egg-case, but no bluey-yellow eyespots, the South African female mantis even wastes the time and energy of the NZ males, for she sends a more alluring scent than the rare NZ female.
Here are a couple of the now far more common invaders on James' pitcher plant. I can't remember the last time I saw a real NZ mantis. Pity the pitchers aren't bigger ...
Saturday, 23 January 2016
Once, I lived in a tree house because __________________________.
I furnished it with________________________________________.
My tree house had a style you might call ________________________.
My tree house looked like ____________________________________.
Sunday, 3 January 2016
Saturday, 2 January 2016
Friday, 1 January 2016
"I don't really relate to nature. I relate more to poetic questions about knowing something. Recognizing something."