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Tūī looking back at me between its legsHi <<First Name>>

It's been a hell of a time lately eh! Whenever the world gets too much, I like to head out into nature with my camera. Somehow seeing my favourite birds going about their lives, and especially raising their young, gives me some peace and hope. And every now and then they do something laugh-out-loud funny like this tūī who wanted a different perspective on the world too! 

I also find it helps to put away the news feeds and switch over to those focusing on art and nature instead. I can recommend the latest Artists Down Under magazine for some Antipodean art.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to start finishing more art works (instead of starting one and then another and then another as new ideas came to mind). This cute little toutouwai kept looking a me begging for a story, so I committed to finishing. Little did I know how much she had to say! This took weeks to complete, but I'm so glad I stayed with it. She's now available as an archival limited-edition print at various sizes, and I've printed up the first editions which are looking fabulous with their rich greens and golds.
D-Photo magazine cover
Check out the latest issue of D-Photo magazine - I'm totally stoked to have an article in about using photos for wildlife advocacy and the Art of Birding photography challenge! A big thanks to Linton Miller, Andrew Hawke, Catherine Thompson, and Brendon Doran for contributing their challenge photos for the article. More info on the D-Photo website.
Rochelle Marshall and Judi Lapsley Miller with their big birding lenses at Zealandia
While many other "Down Under" photo artists were meeting for a long-weekend workshop in the Blue Mountains in Australia, Rochelle Marshall and I had our own mini-meet-up in Wellington (at Zealandia of course). Rochelle does the most amazing photo-artistic compositions - do check out her gorgeous website.
Judi next to two wax encaustic photo art pieces
What's happening...
  • 29 Mar - 22 Apr 2019 NZAFA Autumn Exhibition,
    1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
    Exhibiting something a bit different - wax encaustic photo art!
And for all you tūī lovers, also hanging out at the Shop at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts are these jaunty tūī works - four "Tiny Art" pieces and one medium fine-art print, all framed with UltraVue anti-glare glass.
Photo composite of tītipounamu being released from its transfer box into Zealandia.
Have you seen Zealandia's newest recruits yet? 59 of NZ's tiniest bird, the tītipounamu, were translocated from Wainuiomata into Zealandia last month. They're now sought after by every photographer in town. And what a challenge! A little flippy bird that likes to flit around in the dappled dark bush. Wish us luck!
Stockists in New Zealand:

Artel Gallery + Store - Waikanae, Kapiti Coast (soon moving to Ōtaki!)
Kotare Art Studio - Greytown, Wairarapa
The Mandarin Tree - Gordonton, Hamilton
Edges Art + Framing - Havelock North, Hawke's Bay
Make - the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Store - Wellington
Zealandia EcoSanctuary - Wellington
I do hope you're getting the chance to head outside to see all the juvenile birds working out how the world works.

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