Michael Jeans wedding photographer

Bridal bouquet, 1349 18/12/2010, Pauanui, New Zealand

I photographed a wedding this afternoon. I found out about this by text – an SOS from a friend – at 08:24:40. Here’s the bride’s bouquet at 1349. I will tell you all about it. Later. A link to a small gallery of photos of said wedding. Updated 8/3/2011.

Abbie Jury | A hot, dry autumn in Spain and Portugal

Abbie has just returned from a trip through Spain and Portugal.

The olive plantations looked to be corporate farming, much as our dairy farming is headed. The era of the small family farm appeared to be over in much of the countryside that we passed through. Often there were no residences visible for considerable distances and no indications of boundaries to suggest the smaller holdings of old. It was interesting to reflect on the debate at home regarding lifestylers populating our countryside. We had been discussing it before I left and came to the conclusion that, on balance, small holdings and lifestyle blocks add a welcome diversity to the countryside.

The ubiquitous date palm was everywhere in the south of Spain and Portugal Clipping the street plantings of orange trees to lollipops in Cordoba The cordyline australis had seen better days on the Algarve but had done well at some stage to reach this size

Photos: Abbie Jury | read Abbie’s column