Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lines and Angles. Art Deco in Hastings.

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This week Cee has asked for lines and angles for her black and white challenge.

This was easy for me as Hastings is full of lines and angles.

Most of Hastings was destroyed in a large earthquake on the 3rd February 1931 and was rebuilt in the Art Deco style, which was very geometric in design.


Artist: Virginia King.

This 3 metre high sculpture is made of aluminium and stainless steel. Water flows over images of grapes and olives, stone fruit and ferns that appear amongst the perforated stainless interior.
The artwork draws inspiration from our fertile region. When Ms King was commissioned to construct a “marker for Market Street”, her thoughts immediately turned to food markets and the abundant crops grown locally. Hence the idea of a container – a cornucopia, the vessel of produce, which then evolved to include a “very deco” radiating nikau reflecting our architectural heritage. The work was commissioned following a generous donation from the trustees of the Estate of William Alan Bell.

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Artist: Neil Dawson.

This centrepiece artwork is suspended above the city square and is made up of six parasol forms with the negative spaces in between having a leaf form.

The sculpture is made of brightly coloured aluminium tubing and perforated sheets that change from one colour to another depending on the angle they are viewed from.

Even the street lights are inspired by the Art Deco movement.

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I gave them a sepia filter to fit in with the vintage theme.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Lines and Angles

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A Photo a Week: Anticipation

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This week Nancy has given us the challenge of finding photos showing anticipation.

I was driving home from my parents one late afternoon and saw these clouds building up.  I was really expecting a great storm as the clouds were so heavy.

In the end they disappeared and there was no rain.  What an anticlimax!

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Anticipating a new day ahead of us.  I have not clue what that green spot is in the sky.  It was in all my photos at this time.


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Floral Friday: Alstroemeria

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Good morning from a cool so so Friday.  Last night we had a massive thunder storm – we rarely get them here but this was a good one.  No I didn’t get out to try and capture the lightning flashes as it was raining too hard and I don’t have a tripod.

Onto something more colourful – Alstroemeria.  I googled these flowers and found this in Wikipedia.

Alstroemeria (/ˌælstrɨˈmɪəriə/; syn. Alstremeria),[2] commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are all native to South America although some have become naturalized in the United States, Mexico,Australia, New Zealand, Madeira and the Canary Islands.[3][1] Almost all of the species are restricted to one of two distinct centers of diversity, one in central Chile, the other in eastern Brazil. Species of Alstroemeria from Chile are winter-growing plants while those of Brazil are summer-growing. All are long-lived perennials except A. graminea, a diminutive annual from the Atacama Desert of Chile.


Plants of this genus grow from a cluster of tubers. They send up fertile and sterile stems, the fertile stems of some species reaching 1.5 meters in height. The leaves are alternately arranged and resupinate, twisted on the petioles so that the undersides face up. The leaves are variable in shape and the blades have smooth edges. The flowers are solitary or borne in umbels. The flower has six tepals each up to 5 centimeters long. They come in many shades of red, orange, purple, green, and white, flecked and striped and streaked with darker colors. There are six curving stamens. The stigma has three lobes. The fruit is a capsule with three valves.[5]

My mother has them growing wild in her garden at this time of the year.  It is just a mass of colour.

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She used to pick them and take them down to a rest home to cheer up the residents.



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