Travel Theme: Windy Times

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Good morning from a cool Hastings day.  Apparently spring is starting early for us – we should be rather warm today.  Actually after the frosty starts we have been getting slightly warmer during the day.

Yesterday my son installed Windows 10 on my computer.  Much better than Windows 8.  I do prefer the start button and the tiles are still there and easily accessible.  It took him several days to actually do it.  New Zealand was the first country to be able to download it but then in 24 hours over 14 million users had installed it on their computers.  No wonder it took several days.  And it is faster too.  It remains to be seen if it is buggy as my son says.  But so far so good.

But that still hasn’t helped me find some photos.  Ailsa from Where’s my backpack? has asked us for our windy photos.  I have spent hours trying to take some windy photos of the trees around me.  We have had a lot of wind this winter so it wasn’t a case of still calm days.  Which is the above image.  But I have spent some time this morning trying to find some photos of wind turbines that I had taken way back in May.

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This is all I could find from that day.  Normally I label my folders so that they are easy to find.  Not this day.  Most annoying.  This day it had snowed really low on the ranges around us and I went for a drive to find the snow.  I came across some wind turbines,  Since there was absolutely no wind they were still.

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

WPC: An Inspiring Day

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Good morning from a very cold and frosty morning. The sun is up now so the internet connection has thawed out.

What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy? It could be the bench in a quiet section of the park where you go to center yourself. Maybe it’s a favorite piece of music or book passage that boosts your enthusiasm. Or, maybe it’s the face of the love of your life, a treasured memento, or the unconditional love you see in the eyes of your pet.

This morning  has asked us for photos of what inspires us.  There are so many things that inspire me so here is my day.

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When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is look at the sky.  I have been known to run out in my PJ’s with my camera to capture the morning skies.  Some have been totally awesome.

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I am always looking around me for new photo opportunities.  Cats are another favourite.  We have so many that come to visit me.

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Nature is always inspiring and ever changing.

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Bugs and butterflies are always inspiring.

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Especially as they are in decline.

Our feathered friends and their birdsong is beautiful and inspiring to the soul.

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At the end of the day sunsets can be so colourful and an awesome way to end the day.

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And then the moon comes up.

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There are so many things around me that inspires me to pick up my camera and take photos.

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

A Photo a Week: Historical Buildings

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Good evening from a cold and chilly Hastings day.  I was unable to do anything work online this morning as the frost had frozen my internet connection, which amuses my son.  He has never heard of such a thing happening.  But the connection just hangs off the eaves of the roof.  And is so exposed to the elements.  So when I get up early to go online it is iced over.  Once the sun comes up the connection thaws out and I can go online.  But by that time it was too late.  I had to go for my Social Snappers group.

I did have a couple of posts scheduled so it wasn’t too bad.  I have been thinking all day about Nancy’s challenge over at nancy merrill photography. Nancy had a lovely photo her mother with her siblings.  Photography is all about catching that moment in history.  Something that can never be repeated.

It made me think about historical buildings.  The above image is of the late Albert Hotel.  Just a week after taking this photo it was finally pulled down.  A bit spooky actually.  I wonder if I was the last person to take a photo of it.  It was over 100 years and falling down.  But it was heritage listed and took about 3 – 4 years before permission was finally given to pull it down.  A shame really, as now it is an empty lot.

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Even spookier is this image.  Last week I was over at Napier walking around Pandora’s Pond.  Those photos are being featured on my Monochrome of the Day.  Anyway up on the hill just under and to the right of the flying seagull is a couple of large buildings.  They all form part of the old hospital which has been closed for years.  So a week after taking this photo, guess what is happening.  That’s right, it is now in the process of being demolished to make way for a new residential subdivision.

So I think I need to be careful what I am taking photos of in future.

 Actually I find old photos of our cities give us a fascinating insight into what life was like for our forefathers.  In Napier and Hastings they are an important part of our history as many of the older buildings were destroyed in the 1931 earthquake.  Due to the fires a lot of photographic records were destroyed.  So those that survived are treasured.

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

Friday’s Florals: Fatsia Japonica

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For weeks I have been trying to figure out what the name of this flowering shrub is.  I searched online to no avail.  Then I remembered that I had an encyclopedia of tropical plants.  I literally went through page by page.  As Murphy’s law goes – I finally found it right at the back of the book.  Phew.

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They are very popular with the insects and butterflies.

Fatsia japonica (fatsi, paperplant or Japanese aralia; syn. Aralia japonica Thunb., A. sieboldii Hort. ex K.Koch) is a species of flowering plant in the family Araliaceae, native to southern Japan and South Korea.

It is an evergreen shrub growing to 3–6 m (9.8–19.7 ft) tall, with stout, sparsely branched stems. The leaves are spirally-arranged, large, 20–50 cm (7.9–19.7 in) in width and on a petiole up to 50 cm (20 in) long, leathery, palmately lobed, with 7–9 broad lobes, divided to half or two-thirds of the way to the base of the leaf; the lobes are edged with coarse, blunt teeth. The flowers are small, white, borne in dense terminal compound umbels in late autumn or early winter, followed by small black fruit.

The name “fatsi” is an approximation of the old Japanese word for ‘eight’ (hachi in modern Japanese), referring to the eight lobes. In Japan it is known as yatsude, meaning “eight fingers”. The name “Japanese aralia” is due to the genus formerly being classified within a broader interpretation of the related genus Aralia in the past. It has been interbred with Hedera helix (common ivy) to produce the intergeneric hybrid × Fatshedera lizei.

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Cultivation and uses

It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant in warm temperate regions where winters do not fall below about -15°C. F. japonica have been shown to effectively remove gaseous formaldehyde from indoor air.[1]

This plant[2] and its cultivar F. japonica ‘Variegata’[3] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.

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That is about all the information I could find on:

The information in the book is for gardeners, not what I am at all.

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I just enjoy taking photos of it.  I do have a lot of photos as they are very popular around Hastings.

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