Red zone

 Posted by on November 24, 2015  Add comments
Nov 242015
 
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I was born and raised in Christchurch – at North Beach, where even before our teens we were free to roam for miles, on foot and on bikes, through the eastern suburbs, along the beach and over the dunes. Christchurch was home for most of my adult life too. But I’m pretty sure it will never be home again. It certainly doesn’t feel like the home I remember.
We stayed in Christchurch for several days when we first arrived on our holiday to NZ. One day I drove from Ilam out to Brighton to see my son. As far as Shirley it seemed there had been few changes in the two and a half years we’ve been away, but then came the residential red zone, and I was shocked. There had been broken houses here, but now they’re gone. And hundreds of families have been forced to move too. There are empty sections, their borders defined by the remaining plants – trees standing tall, shrubs growing wildly, and, because of the time of year, a profusion of flowers. I parked the car and walked up the street where my cousins had once lived and where we visited often as teenagers. I stopped on the river bank and pulled out my camera. It was so beautiful. So green. Calm reflections. Flowers and their scents. Birds galore. I guess the cats left with their owners and now the bird life is abundant. So serene. A man wandered past, walking his dog, and we said a quiet “good morning”. I feel so sad for the people who have gone.
I spent ages trying to work out how I wanted to process this image – monochrome; reduced saturation; cropped; soft focus; vignette; ‘infrared’; blah, blah, blah. It’s not much of an image, but I wanted to share it here, and so I’m sharing it as it came out of the camera. Perhaps I should have tidied-up the paint job on the park bench.

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  2 Responses to “Red zone”

  1. Hi Vicki, you made me sad and your photo is perfect!

    • Thank you Bruce. Probably best we all stop looking at it now …. think happy thoughts instead. The profusion of birds certainly made me smile. 🙂

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