One Word Photo Challenge: A Golden Start to the Day

 

 

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Good morning from a damp coolish morning here in Hastings.

I am an early bird – it has just gone 6 AM, and I love seeing the colours emerge as the sun comes up.  The golden hour is glorious.  Especially so when I go down to Otane on Sundays.  The light is always amazing and the colours just pop and as I now am driving down with a friend I can have my camera out while she drives.  So here a just a couple of beautiful golden colourful moments.

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The colour on these trees is literally this colour.

One Word Photo Challenge: Colour

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

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Good morning from a cool but so far sunny day.  Only a week to go until the official start of spring.  Our days are starting to get warmer.  It is nice not to have to wear so many layers as well.  I will be participating in the blossom parade next month, dressed up as a suffragist – which is what suffragettes were originally called.  So we are busy decorating our float.  Actually it is just pieces of cardboard in the suffragette colours of purple, green and white.  I had a lot of fun yesterday with the other ladies – lots of laughter which makes the work go fast.

Anyway onto my photos today for Cee’s challenge which goes until Monday 12th September.

I love feathers. They can be so soft and delicate.

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And see through.

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I can spend hours watching ducks grooming their feathers (as in the first image).  It is always a challenge to try and get interesting photos of the splashes of water too.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge:

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.

We are nearing the end of winter.  Next week will be the first day of spring.  But it is still cool.  Especially when I go down to Otane.  One of the stall holders, Ray, produces wrought iron products.  One of his most popular products is this brazier.  So when it is cold, but no wind, he lights it to keep the stall holders and visitors warm outside.

This is a photomontage of about 4 photos together to give a feeling of movement.  Ray couldn’t understand why I kept taking close ups of the flames.

This week for Sally’s challenge, being the 4th Monday, it is Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). Sally has now added photomontage to our choices.  There is so much fun to be had when using multiple images.

So my image was edited with Pixlr.  I thoroughly recommend this free app.  So much fun and choices with it’s filters.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography: Photomontage

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Animal Friend of the Week: A Rothschild Giraffe

 

 

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The Rothschild’s giraffe was first named and described by Lord Walter Rothschild, a pasisonate zoologist and member of the Rothschild family. Lord Rothschild described his giraffe following an expedition to East Africa in the early 1900s.
The Rothschild’s giraffe is sometimes also known as the Baringo giraffe or the Ugandan giraffe.he wild

Facts about the Rothschild Giraffe

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IUCN: Endangered

The Rothschild’s Giraffe is one of the most endangered subspecies, with only a few hundred remaining in Kenya and Uganda as a result of mass deforestation.

You can help protect their wild homes by purchasing sustainable timber and paper products marked with the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) logo.

So sad that this majestic and beautiful animal is on the verge of extinction.  It makes me angry when I see photos of young teenagers shooting any giraffes for that matter for sport.  Time to stop this barbaric practice.  Future generations will only know that these graceful creatures by photos.

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I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

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