WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: Silhouette

LET’S GO BACK A LONG WAY

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and ignore the pedantic parts of definition. I think that strictly speaking a silhouette should be just an infilled outline with no details or shadings, but why not have more fun with our challenges?

SO FIRST LET’S REVISIT SOME OLD FRIENDS

namely the Tuatara. A wee crittur that looks like a knobbly lizard but isn’t—

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—and the “this one” mentioned on the sign above refers to a wee bronze statue that is in fact larger than me. Ergo if I met one it would by just a very quick look—

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—and my footprints would be the ones fifteen feet apart.

After having admired this granddaddy ancestor-type I walked around the museum and shot the first modern tuatara I came across … hah! Six inches of immobility sunning innocently behind glass. So that’s evolution, I’m impressed—

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—or do his big brothers use him as bait? Do the unexplored reaches of Fiordland perhaps provide homes for big-daddy tuatara types, freezing into such immobility every time a helicopter clatters by?

BUT DIGRESSION IS NOT

silhouette. So with no intent to digress, try this—

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—my first shot gave me a silhouette that was actually quite boring. So I did things with buttons and gadgets and tried again, scoring the above which whilst still holding (loosely) to the concept of ‘silhouette’ has detail too.

I WAS PLANNING

on going back to the park in the wee dark hours for some night shots but may just leave it a day or two. The park has oodles of lovely lights like these and I’m sure they’d be a gorgeous golden glow in the gloom—

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—in the meantime I love thinking about the light of the sun illuminating the whole world (by day); and yet by night the energies of the universe when harnessed by man can dispel darkness just as effectively. Over small areas …

So you may enjoy the silhouette above and ponder any possible contradiction in the words ‘dark lights’.

(And The Spouse has just agreed to my spontaneous suggestion—it’s almost time for bed here—that we get up early tomorrow and scamper off to Queenstown.)

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NIL DESPERUPANDATTEM

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2 thoughts on “WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: Silhouette

    1. Thanks, Curt. We didn’t make it to Queenstown this time, but winter is still a pup. And I may yet get some shots of the lights by dark …

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