My Brain is Awake!

Okay, so it is over a year since my last post about waking up my brain. I have been busy since then keeping my brain active but not so much with photography or websites, instead looking after our local SeniorNet Learning Centre in Kaikohe. This keeps my brain very much awake.

I have not forgotten about web pages though – I created a website for my son’s business which he was forced to start up after being laid off from his job last year. Thankfully he is doing well. You can see it here – CoolSparksWilford Electrical.

Mostly what prompted me to write this new post was a comment through my Facebook page – That gets about the same attention this blog gets – almost none.

However seems a young lady woke up feeling a bit fuzzy one a.m. and punched in “Waking up my brain” and my blog came up.

Waking up my brain

It has been a while since I wrote anything here or even added new photos to my photo gallery. Lately, I have realized that none of the photos in the gallery – Coppermine Gallery – are being indexed by Google, or anyone else for that matter whereas the photos on the static pages are right up there in the results so I am going to revert, for all new photos, to static pages again.

This has an added benefit of making me work on designing and creating web pages again, something I have got very rusty on.

That’s where the “waking up my brain” comes in – I need to refresh my knowledge and update myself on the newer stuff before I start making new web pages.

Last year I did a refresh of the WebTech University (now gone) site but other than that, nothing.

So now I’m busy reading, and reading.

Matakohe Kauri Museum photos

I’ve not been well this past week so since I was feeling a bit better today I worked on getting some of the photos I took on a visit to the Matakohe Kauri Museum on September 20th up on this site in the Coppermine Photo Gallery. Update: now here –

It was a difficult place inside the museum to take photos because of the variety of lighting. There was a mixture of incandescent, fluorescent, and daylight as you can see in some of the photos.

The museum website is at

Kauri log Steam engine for sawmill. Sawing a log.

New photos of Haruru Falls, Bay of Islands

The previous Haruru Falls photos in the Gallery were taken with my Panasonic FZ20 camera in July 2005. Since then I have a new camera but haven’t visited Haruru Falls with it until the other day when there was a nice sunny day for a change after all the very wet weather we have been having here in New Zealand. A good time to photograph waterfalls.

The photos start here These newer photos are viewable in a 1200 pixel size by clicking on the displayed photo. Enjoy.

Haruru Falls from boardwalk. Haruru Falls - full view. Haruru Falls and rainbow.

Auckland Grammar School – photos.

So I don’t update this site as often as I should….

I’ve added a few photos from my Auckland visit last December, yes, I took my time adding them. The ones I added today are of my old high school – Auckland Grammar School, Mountain Rd, Auckland.

The majestic original building looks the same but there have been a lot of new buildings added to the school since I attended way back in the 1950s.

These photos are in the Auckland album here.

Rainbow Falls in wet weather

We’ve had 7 continuous days of rain here – which is unusual for us. No, it has nothing to do with climate change, just a warm moist air stream from the tropics which has stayed around longer than normal.

That gave me the chance to revisit Rainbow Falls at Kerikeri and take some new photos of the falls in bad weather.

See some of these photos and other waterfall photos on my Flickr gallery.

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Moved to new web host – Lunarpages

I’ve moved this site from AussieHQ to Lunarpages today and it all went quite painlessly. The only changes I needed to do to any files were the database info for the Coppermine Photo Gallery and this WordPress Blog.

To allow for the overlap between the old host and the new host as the Domain Name Servers updated around the world I set up mail forwarding on my email addresses to my other domain of so any emails that went to the old site could still be collected by me after I began to access the new location.

Everything has worked very smoothly.

New photos from Pioneer Village

The other week Mid-North Camera Club members visited the Begonia House at the Pioneer Village in Kaikohe for a photo session before our regular monthly meeting. The day was overcast and a bit dull – a perfect opportunity for me to try out my Nikon 18-200VR lens in low light conditions, and from the photos of the begonias you can see it worked wonderfully. The softer lighting from the overcast conditions was perfect for the soft colours of the begonias.

See the flowers here – Begonia flower - red and white.