Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Week 20


Another week for Michelle’s weekly pet challenge.  This is Missy, my parents cat.  She didn’t like having her photo taken this time.  That didn’t stop me.

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and I love Steve’s cats.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Found in nature.


Good morning from a sunny Hastings morning.  A relief for us that the wind and rain have gone but it has been harder for others north and south of us here.  So keep safe, warm, dry or cool where ever everyone is.

So this is Cee’s Photography‘s fun foot challenge.  Found in nature.  That is what my photography is about.  The beauty around us.  I am a bit reticent about taking photos of people and generally ask about using their images online.  Some people object but nature never does.

I tried to get different photos for this challenge, not jus the usual butterflies, but interesting items found in nature.


I have no idea what plant this.


Nor this.


This was in my mothers little garden.


I love the lines on this tree.


This I do know – a lily.


A dandelion.


I love cobwebs and faeries.  My family thought I was nuts taking this photo.

Here are a couple of great blogs to check out as well.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Found In Nature


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Sonel’s Corner Photo Editing Challenge: Unusual Angles.

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Good evening from a windy Hastings.  We have got over the excitement of the earthquake yesterday here, but my heart goes out to those who suffered quite significant damage to their homes with smashed TVs, china and even houses.  It was also hard to watch my old hometown been hammered by that Tropical Cyclone June in Auckland.  The rain stopped here at lunch time but the wind has now picked up in the past couple of hours.  I have nothing to complain about compared to others.  So take care everyone.

This is my entry for Sonel’s Corner‘s photo editing challenge. This week it is unusual angles.  Once the rain had stopped today I rushed out to take some photos of all the drops of rain.  It must have looked funny to see me down on the wet ground looking up or right over top of the bee looking down.  It was so wet it couldn’t move at all.

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Poor thing.

Here are some others I have edited with FX Photostudio Pro.  Mostly I used a vignette and then just played around with the different filters until I found something I liked and appealed to me.

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I still haven’t really mastered the art of the droplets but with practice will get there.  I think that the sun needs to be shining to really make it pop.  It was still cloudy and overcast for these ones.

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I was looking up at these grapes.

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Here are some other great blogs to check out.  There are some really awesome photographers out there.



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