places and faces

stories from my two homelands Africa and Oceania
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A study of New Zealand native forest
Waipoua

A study of New Zealand native forest

Waipoua

Matai Bay - New Zealand
A break from the pounding west coast, with a day trip to the east coast of Karekare peninsula - white sand and the clearest water ever! 

Matai Bay - New Zealand

A break from the pounding west coast, with a day trip to the east coast of Karekare peninsula - white sand and the clearest water ever! 

Being an aunty I have full time swing pushing responsibilities - higher Aunteeee higher!!! 

Being an aunty I have full time swing pushing responsibilities - higher Aunteeee higher!!! 

Tane Mahuta: God of the forest: Waipoua, New Zealand
This magnificent tree is a possibly 2000 year old Kauri, the tallest Kauri in NZ, 51m high and a girth of 13.5m and amazingly there is an even wider tree next door, Te Matua Ngahere. He’s so big I needed two frames to fit!
In Maori mythology Tane the son of Ranginui/the sky father and Papatuanuku /earth mother. He lies on his back and pushes with his strong legs to separate them, until Rangi is high above Papa. Tane then clothes his mother with vegetation. Tanes are children are seen as the birds and trees of the forest.

Tane Mahuta: God of the forest: Waipoua, New Zealand

This magnificent tree is a possibly 2000 year old Kauri, the tallest Kauri in NZ, 51m high and a girth of 13.5m and amazingly there is an even wider tree next door, Te Matua Ngahere. He’s so big I needed two frames to fit!

In Maori mythology Tane the son of Ranginui/the sky father and Papatuanuku /earth mother. He lies on his back and pushes with his strong legs to separate them, until Rangi is high above Papa. Tane then clothes his mother with vegetation. Tanes are children are seen as the birds and trees of the forest.

Opononi, New Zealand: I recently went on a road trip to Northland, its become one of my favourite parts of the world. We chose one of the coldest, stormiest weekends of the year, and it was perfect for this wild, rugged part of the country. 

Opononi, New Zealand: I recently went on a road trip to Northland, its become one of my favourite parts of the world. We chose one of the coldest, stormiest weekends of the year, and it was perfect for this wild, rugged part of the country. 

Queens Birthday fishing trip with the pooch. Shelly Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

Queens Birthday fishing trip with the pooch. Shelly Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

Today I’ve been editing a new project began in Nigeria this year, shot on my trusty old rollei. The project explores the current transitions in lifestyle and culture amongst the Fulani population in Nigeria. 

Today I’ve been editing a new project began in Nigeria this year, shot on my trusty old rollei. The project explores the current transitions in lifestyle and culture amongst the Fulani population in Nigeria. 

Last time I was at Transition House (orphanage for youth in Jos, Nigeria) Fwangshak, one of my photography students took off with my camera for a while. I just found the memory card and looked through the work. WOW! These shots are amazing, I seriously wish I had taken them. Naija got talent O! 

I have a project teaching at risk youth photography. You can see more about their project and more of their work on FB 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Murmushi-Photo-Project/110229102397134 

Kikenapep Evangelism:
A pic from last October I shot I got while stuck in the infamous Lagos traffic. Nigeria wide, taxi’s trucks, buses and kike’s are always covered in African proverbs, and religious statements and messages

Kikenapep Evangelism:

A pic from last October I shot I got while stuck in the infamous Lagos traffic. Nigeria wide, taxi’s trucks, buses and kike’s are always covered in African proverbs, and religious statements and messages