A Word in your Ear: Contrast


This weeks challenge by Sue at A Word in Your Ear is contrast.

This was our sunrise yesterday morning.  It didn’t last long so I have to run around for these.  It was incredible.





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Pheneography & Non-SLR Photo Devices Photo Challenge: Photo Editing

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Good morning from Hastings.

Sally from Lens and Pens by Sally has changed the title from her challenge to include all non camera devices.  Just lately I have discovered the programme Murdoch Mysteries – the joys of a broken arm – nothing much else I could do.  Why do I say this?  I love the way that they show all the ‘latest’ camera devices – including the first kodak camera. The turn of the century was exciting in the new developments from glass plates to celluloid.  It also meant changing the way cameras were used – in particular police forensics.  It was also a rich mans hobby too.  Just think of all those intrepid pioneers travelling around the world documenting life as it really was.

Fast forward a century and we see how cell phones have become the new kodak of our times.  It means that anyone can document their lives but post the images on line for everyone to see, not just in books.  It means for me anyway that I don’t get caught out without a camera.  With the new technology these cameras are just as good as the bulkier SLR cameras.

This is the 5th Monday (we are now 6 hours into Tuesday here in NZ – it is still Monday in most of the world so I will do this anyway) of March.  So this week is photo editing using apps.  I love this challenge as it means I get to show my creative side.

These photos were taken a while ago.  I was crocheting some baby booties and noticed the textures using the macro feature of my IPhone 5S.  They were editing using Snapseed which enhanced the textures.  If I remember rightly I used the drama and grunge filters for these edits.  A nice distraction from crocheting.






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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge Week #5


Good morning from Hastings.  We are now going into winter so it is dark when I get up so I can’t say what the weather is anymore.  I noticed that England are heading into summer time this weekend. I think next weekend will see us heading back into winter time.  We have a very long summer time period which is great but means that it is hard when we do change.

Anyway I love this challenge by Cee.  I was the first to post for it but that was  a while ago now. She has now changed it to a Sunday and here is some info from her blog for those who want to take part.

Cee’s Odd Ball challenge is new post day is Sunday. This is marvelous news for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge Week #5 which is currently running since it is now open longer for entries. Please check out this challenge if you don’t know about it.

How It Works?

This Odd Ball Challenge is not topic related. Feel free to add any photos or artwork that fits into the category. Be creative and challenge yourself. Hopefully you will find your creative eye will be expanded. ENJOY and have FUN.

Announcement on Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

This photo is of these pots from my mother’s garden.  One of the hardest things about having a broken arm.  Not being able to use the camera.  I did use it when the light was bright and I could have a fast shutter speed.  This was taken one handed so I could get my foto fix.


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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Awakenings


The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamouring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.

Kate Chopin : The Awakening.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life



Good morning from a warm and sunny Hastings again.

It is nice to be home.  It took a lot longer than I expected to get my parents back home together.  I spent 10 days on my own house sitting.  I thought it would be a great time to get some knitting and crocheting done without children or husband.  But in fact I ended up breaking my arm in the elbow so it ended up just watching TV.  The hardest part was not being able to use the camera.  I did try to place the camera onto anything I could find but in the beginning I just had to sit and stare at it.  That was really, really frustrating.  Then my mother came up to look after me or so she thought but it was the other way around.  My father stayed in Wellington another 10 days before coming up to the hospital here.  Then that was another 10 days before he came home.  Now they have a lot of care in place so that I could come home to my family.  They missed me a lot which was nice to know.

I did have internet access but with a very restricted data cap so doing too much surfing was out of the question.  I have so missed what everyone has been up to.  I was able to come home every few days just to empty out my inbox so I did manage to see some of your amazing work.  I just didn’t have time to sit down and comment or like them.

It has been great to see what everyone has come up with for this challenge by The Daily Post.  For this I have gone back to our Blossom Parade that is held every September in the CBD.  Hastings is or was known as the Fruit Bowl of New Zealand.  This is because it is a relatively small city surrounded by orchards.  We have a major cannery that provides a lot of jobs here – Watties.  Unfortunately the wine industries have taken over a lot of the orchards.  Hopefully, eventually the orchards will take over again.  This means we have amazing fruits when in season.  The blossom parade dates back to the 1950’s and celebrates the arrival of spring.

Everyone dresses up and decorates cars and other vehicles with paper blossoms following a theme.  In 2011 we had the Rugby World Cup here in New Zealand and we had the French and Canadian teams involved in the parade as well.  The is a competition for the best float in different categories.  My husband loves to take part in it with his children from the early childhood centre he works in.  The atmosphere is just brilliant – great for families.

Here are a couple of other great blogs to check out for this challenge:




Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


Sonel’s Photo Editing Challenge and Phoneography Challenge:Macro

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Hello from Hastings.

I must apologise that I haven’t been able to visit all your amazing blogs but I have had to suddenly go and house, cat and dog sit rather urgently.  My father was sent to Wellington for some medical treatment but my mother was pining for him.  She has Alzheimer’s and was initially coping on her own but after a week was retreating into her shell and not eating or drinking or doing anything except staying in bed all day.

So I packed her up and sent her down to Wellington too, she is staying with my sister.  They have been together for 53 years and are totally dependent on each other. So I have been looking after their house and animals.  I have been taking advantage of having pets by taking photos.

I am in a hurry today as I popped home to grab a few things and to meet Hubby for lunch before heading back. So I haven’t got time to do any ping backs so I hope you all understand.

So two challenges today.  Sonel’s Challenge asks us to use any images from last month so I found these images which also goes under Sally and Pen’s Phoneography Challenge of macro.

The first one was edited with Waterlogue on my iPhone.

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Along with these ones.


This last image was edited with GIMP.

So have a good week.  I will try to do some more posts when I can.  I did try to use my iPad but it didn’t work so I have to come home every  couple of days to write my blog.

Thanks for visiting and your understanding.



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