A photo a week Challenge: Red


My last post this morning is for Nancy’s challenge at nancy merrill photography.  This week we are asked to show red, either as a main colour or accent.  This first photo is a red pohutakawa – I dare anyone to try and pronounce this.  It is a native to New Zealand and is called a Kiwi Christmas Tree as it usually flowers around Christmas time and being a traditional colour for that time.


My second photo is of a red sunset.  We do have the most glorious technicolour sunrises and sunsets and this one was particularly red.

For this challenge check out


PS – I must look at the movie The Sixth Sense again.

Thanks for visiting.

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A Word a Week: Frame


This weeks word of the week by Sue at A Word in Your Ear is frame.

These photos were taken just about 20 minutes ago when I noticed a golden glow just coming through the fog.  So of course I rushed out to take photos.  The fog meant that I could see the sun coming up.  Once it started to peep through it actually came up rather quickly.

Here are a couple of other photos for this challenge.


Cornwall Park.

Secret Garden

A secret garden through the fence.

I love the way that nature provides the perfect frames.

Here is Sue’s post for info


And some other great posts.




Thanks for visiting.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Week 1


Sepia tap


Here is another great challenge by Cee at Cee’s Photography.  It is a great chance to dig out those photos that don’t belong  to any particular theme.  

These three photos were taken at the A & P show and show the quirkiness of New Zealanders.

This final photo below shows the oddity of nature in this seed head.



You can find out more about this challenge here

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 1



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A Lingering Look at Windows: Week 9 – Art Deco – Look Up, Look Down



Good morning from a foggy Hastings.

Where is the time going.  We are up to week 9 for Dawn’s challenge  for The Day After. As some of the photos are looking up at windows they can also go for Debbie’s challenge at Travel with Intent – Look Up, Look Down Week 28,

Continuing with my Art Deco theme this week I am focusing on the windows in the Art Deco centre of Napier.  They are so decorative and colourful.  I edited these with the Pacific Filter in the FX Photostudio Pro as I wanted to get a vintage  feel to them, appropriate to the Art Deco era. But also they remind me of the colours of Miami when I visited there 20 years ago.

There are quite a few.  It was a matter of where to start and when to stop.  It is a photographers paradise.













Thanks for visiting and you can find out more about this challenge at Dawn’s blog here


and see Debbie’s awesome post here

The Sound of Music

Here is Debbie’s post for her challenge

Mushrooming Toadstools!

And Irene’s awesome post

Look Up, Look Down Challenge: Bucketts Scenic Walk (Wk 28)

Thanks for visiting and putting up with all my Art Deco this week.

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Man Made Objects.

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Good evening from a muggy Hastings.

Time for Cee’s challenge at Cee’s Photography.  This week is all about man made objects.  Since I have been focusing on Art Deco this week I thought about some of the detail that can be found on the buildings in Napier.

The first image has the bonus of a large Imperial Chryslar from the early 60’s.  Usually Hubby is very knowledgable about early classic cars, but this one had him stumped.  It is about 30 years out of date compared to the buildings.

These have been edited using Snapseed and ColourStrokes.  I am not sure how I did it but when I was adding my watermark I noticed the soft focus on the second and third image.  I thought about editing the images again but somehow I like the contrast of the softness against the hard lines of the buildings.

Here is Cee’s blog for more information

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Made-Made Objects

and other great posts



Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Man Made Objects


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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Alive


When you wake up in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Marcus Aurelius

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Ese’s Shoot and Quote Challenge: Alive

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Sonel’s Photo Editing Challenge: Footwear

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Good morning from a cooler Hastings.

Time for another challenge by  Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  Footwear.  Not something that I would normally take photos off.  Anyway in keeping with my Art Deco theme I chose these shoes.  They are only a couple of years old but they suit my Art Deco clothes.

They have all been edited with Snapseed.

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For more info on this challenge check out here


And some other great posts

Sonel’s Corner Photo Editing Challenge: Footwear



Hot to Trot

A Walk On The Wild Side…


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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Week 25


Time for Michelle’s Weekly pet challenge over at Hope* the happy hugger

My other post this morning had nothing to do with the Art Deco festival so I have to rectify this with these photos.

There were literally thousands of people walking around Napier’s CBD.  It had all been blocked off to traffic for the vintage car display.  While I was walking around I found this lovely dog owner looking after her dog by pushing it around on this baby stroller.  A thoughtful and caring owner.  It was a toy poodle who would have been distressed by all the people mingling around.  It looked like it was enjoying the ride.


Here you can check out last week’s roundup of posts at Michelle’s blog


and Disco’s blog with Steve at

Can You Hide Behind The Blind? It Seems Not…

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White

Hiding among the grasses

Good morning from a  cool cloudy Hastings.

This week Cee from Cee’s Photography challenge is the colour of white.  I have managed to find a few different photos today, not just flowers so enjoy.


A white moon


An arum lily

A short rain shower

White irises

Black centres

I am not sure what these flowers are – black eyed susie?

Dappled light

White blossoms


A white rose


A white dandelion


White sails


White seagulls.

Check out Cee’s blog for this challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color White





White Wedding

It really has been fun seeing the different interpretations of this challenge.


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