Ese’s Shoot & Quote Challenge: Pleasure

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A babe in the house is a wellspring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angles and men.

Martin Farquhar Tupper 1810 – 1889

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/ese-s-weekly-shootquote-challenge-pleasure/

http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/flowers-cees-fun-foto/

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge 2014#9 Welcome to my World

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Good morning from a cool Hastings morning.

Today I thought I might introduce everyone to my little corner of the world.  Each Wednesday I showcase Cornwall Park in my Wordless Wednesday post.  I love it there as it is an oasis in the middle of our city, plus it is an easy walk for me.  I enter this gate and it is like entering into another world. As you can see it is now autumn and the colours are amazing.  There is always a great photo to take with the ponds.  On this day the water was a mirror and I got some great photos but they are for another post.

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Accessible via Tomoana Rd, Cornwall Rd and Roberts St in Hastings, Cornwall Park features the serene Osmanthus Chinese Garden  and spreads over eight hectares in an English village green environment.

It has a variety of colourful gardens and trees and is a favourite picnic spot. Collections of azaleas, camellias and roses have been added to the mature trees, which date back to the 1920’s when the park was established.

This traditional Chinese garden was established at Cornwall Park to commemorate Hastings’ 15th anniversary of the sister city relationship with Guilin in 1996.

The garden was designed along lines traditional to Southern China by Guilin landscape designer Mr Zhao Jian.

At the main entrance, visitors to the garden pass through a moongate, which is a traditional symbol of unity, family and the nation. The circle of the moongate frames a large rock, which originated from Taihu Lake near Shanghai.

The garden takes its name from the Osmanthus family of plants, including highly scented shrubs and ground covers, which have been extensively planted throughout, along with group plantings of pine trees and bamboo.

At the heart of the garden is a large pond and pavilions at its edge. It is spanned by the curved Friendship Bridge across one end and by the Crooked Bridge across the other. The garden is a skilful combination of Chinese and New Zealand elements and plants. As such it could be seen as a perfect symbol of the Hastings-Guilin link.

Chinese gardens are rich in evocative symbolism. This is a dimension and a purpose more often found in ancient gardens, strange and unfamiliar to those of us used to modern western gardens that are dominated by function and the display of plant varieties. This garden is a giant Chinese puzzle designed to involve the viewer’s imagination.

http://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/parks

Further around there are great paths going into the native bush where the birds like to tease me.

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There is a large playground with a splash area which is always popular in the summer.

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I hope you have enjoyed our little tour around my small part of the world.

Check out Cee’s Challenge here.

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2014 #9

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/which-way-challenge-14-wk-9/

I must also apologise to those who have been having problems uploading my photos.  I hope it is just a temporary glitch and things get back to normal.

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge 34: Missy, Queen of the Garden

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Time for an update about Missy, my parents cat.  I found her one day sitting on a tree stump in the garden, lording it over everyone.

My apologies to those who have been having trouble with my photos not loading.  I have also been having trouble uploading photos onto my post as well.  Just a minor glitch I hope.  Sorry Michelle.

Here are some great entries for this challenge:-

http://uniquesochic.com/2014/04/29/cavesti-greeting-card/

http://quarksire.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/michelles-weekly-pet-challenge-round-up-and-start-of-new-week-34/

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/michelles-weekly-pet-challenge-round-up-and-start-of-new-week-34/

Thanks for visiting.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers

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Food morning from a sunny but cold Hastings.

Yesterday the temperature dropped sharply so now we know that winter is on the way.

So to cheer everyone up I have a bouquet of flowers for you thanks to this great challenge from Cee.

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Thanks for visiting and here are some other great blogs starting with Cee’s challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers

http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/cees-fun-foto-challenge-flowers/

Lights, Camera, Action

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/cees-fun-foto-challenge-flowers/

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Sunday Sills: Edit my Pic

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Good morning from Hastings.

This week we have been given the photo from Ed for this challenge and it is fun seeing how everyone gets to edit it in their own ways.

I have just added a frame to the image downloaded from his blog.

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-modify-my-pic/

Here are my fun interpretations of this photo using FX Photostudio Pro

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Ok. So I went a little overboard but the possibilities are endless. It is a fantastic shot to start with.

Here are some other great posts for this challenge.

http://bastet1952.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/playing-with-sunday-stills-modify-my-pic/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/sunday-stills-modify-my-picture/

http://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/sunday-stills-modify-my-pic/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-modify-my-p/ic

Thanks for visiting

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Sunday Stills: Modify my Pic

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Good morning from Hastings.

This week we have been given the photo from Ed for this challenge and it is fun seeing how everyone gets to edit it in their own ways.

I have just added a frame to the image downloaded from his blog.

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-modify-my-pic/

Here are my fun interpretations of this photo using FX Photostudio Pro

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Ok.  So I went a little overboard but the possibilities are endless. It is a fantastic shot to start with.

Here are some other great posts for this challenge.

http://bastet1952.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/playing-with-sunday-stills-modify-my-pic/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/sunday-stills-modify-my-picture/

http://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/sunday-stills-modify-my-pic/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-modify-my-pic/

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Mandarin Orange Monday 91

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Good evening from Hastings.

I haven’t done this challenge for a while – sorry Lorik but I have been having problems getting your posts.

But I do love doing this as it is all up to your imagination and it doesn’t have to be so formal.

These two photos were taken at the same spot – by our local tennis court.  I love how the spider webs are building up around this woven heart.

I will start with the tap.

I have found a great new app – FX Foto Pro so I started there.

Scratched paper

I added some texture to the tap with some scratched paper.

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Then the marine filter.

Vintage

And the vintage filter.

Fresco

Then I went to Photoshop and added the fresco filter.

Finally I went orange

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I did do some tweaking with the shadows and highlights but lost the photo.

For the heart I also started at FX Foto Pro

Glowing Hue

First I used the glowing hue filter.

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Then added a little texture with the silk filter.

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Finally I added the hippie filter before heading back to Photoshop.

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For some poster edges.

Sorry but I can’t upload the orange gradient photo.

I tweaked that a lot with the shadows and highlights in order to get more detail in the  heart.

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Then I tweaked around a bit more and moved the tap to the bottom left of the image before heading back to FX Foto Pro.

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I framed it and then used the vintage filter for the absolutely final image.

It is not perfect but more of a surreal photo and is a means for me to learn more about photo editing.

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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 9

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Good morning from a grey Monday here in Hastings.

Winter is slowly coming upon us now and the nights are definitely cooler.

Sooooo, it is time for Cee’s challenge again.  I can’t believe that the week has gone so fast.  Anyway I found this Australian padlock on the fence surrounding the tennis club grounds in Hastings, New Zealand.  Where it came from I would not know but it certainly was an odd thing to see.

To check out more about this great challenge here is Cee’s blog:-

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 9

Thanks for visiting.

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A Word in your Ear: Water, Travel Theme: Glow

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Good morning from a beautiful sunny Sunday.

Today I have stepped away from my comfort zone and combined these two challenges.

I went through my photos for the water challenge – not a problem as I had lots and lots of photos of water.  But nothing apart from the usual sunrises and sunsets for glow.  I wanted something different and then I found this photo of a heavy dew that was glistening or glowing in the sun.  So I played around with the editing to give it a more surreal glow to it.

Here are some other great blogs for both challenges.

Travel theme: Glow

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/travel-theme-glow/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/travel-theme-glow/

Travel theme: Glow

http://jamescollettphotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/ardnahoe-loch-islay-at-sunset/

http://shyraven23.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/travel-theme-glow/

http://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/welcome-to-walnut/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow/

http://geophiliac.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/travel-theme-glow/

http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-water/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-water/

Thanks for visiting.

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