Black and White Challenge: Day 2

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Day 2 of this challenge.  Yesterday I had the simplicity of the one branch of leaves.  So today I have the whole tree.  I found it interesting how the  leaves get larger towards the top of the photo.

Today I would like to nominate Amy at

 https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/about/.

Her photos are amazing.

So Amy should you accept this challenge you just need to post a black and white photo every day for 5 days and nominate a person each day.  If you can’t manage it then that is fine.

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Travel Theme: Doors

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Good morning from another grey Hastings day.  We did get a bit of rain yesterday but it only added to the humidity.  Not really pleasant.

Ailsa has gone for doors for her challenge this week.  So I have a mixture of Art Deco and reasonably modern.  First up is the Westerman building.  This door is on the first floor above the Information centre.

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This one is from another building in the CBD.

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Then lasting a modern (or not really) glass entrance.  I have always wanted to catch a sunset reflected in the glass of this building but never seem to get there.  It is on my list to do.

Travel theme: Doorways

Travel theme: Doorways

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Black and White Challenge

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Here is a new challenge for me.  Thanks to Meg for nominating me:

https://movethechair.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/bw-challenge-day-1/

Her work is amazing and I love the way she uses textures.

So last night I played around on my iPad.  So here is my first image.  This was taken with my iPhone at my old rental.  It was fun trying to isolate the leaves from the background. Edited with Snapseed and Aviary.  To be honest Black and White is my first real love in photography but I really don’t do enough of it.  For me there can be more ambiance and atmosphere with the monotone that is missing in colour images.  But then again I love colour to.

For this challenge we are to post a B & W image every day for 5 days and nominate another blogger.  If you don’t want to participate that is ok.   So I nominate Woolly Muses to take up this challenge.  I am loving the direction his work is going.

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/

Thanks for visiting.  Must dash – have a breakfast with friends this morning.  Will catch up with everyone when I get home.

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WPC Challenge: Depth

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Good morning from a cloudy Hastings.

This morning we have got the challenge from The Daily Post for photos giving us depth. I found these photos from New Year’s Day in Cornwall Park.  I must confess that I am totally ignorant of this bird’s name.  I am in a hurry as I need to go out but will add something later on.

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/depth/

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Floral Friday: Orchids

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Good morning from a cloudy Hastings morning.  We are supposed to be getting rain today.  So it is a good chance for me to sit in front of the TV and bead my dress.

My Floral Friday photos were taken on New Year’s Day in the Hot House in Cornwall Park.

Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species, found in 880 genera.[2][3] The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fishes and more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants.[4] The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).

The family also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus), and many commonly cultivated plants such asPhalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species into cultivation in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.

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I had a giggle with my son over this.

Etymology

The type genus (i.e. the genus after which the family is named) is Orchis. The genus name comes from the Ancient Greek ὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning “testicle“, because of the shape of the twin tubers in some species of Orchis.[5][6] The term “orchid” was introduced in 1845 by John Lindley in School Botany,[7] as a shortened form of Orchidaceae.[8]

You learn something new everyday.

For more information on orchids:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchidaceae

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: This land is my land, Hastings, New Zealand

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This is such a fun challenge by Cee for this series.

This week it is two verses from the song This Land is My Land:

As I was walking that ribbon of highway, 
I saw above me that endless skyway: 
I saw below me that golden valley: 
This land was made for you and me.
 I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps, 
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; 
And all around me a voice was sounding: 
This land was made for you and me.

I remember singing this at school, but we changed it to suit New Zealand.  So here are some photos around where I live – taken last autumn.

First up is the orchards – Hastings is known as the fruit bowl of New Zealand.

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At once stage our economy was based on lamb and wool.  Now it is dairy but the sheep are still used to keep the grass low around the orchards in autumn.

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One of our native birds, the Fantail.

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Our native flax plants.

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Pakowhai Park and our native bush.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: This Land Is My Land, 2 verses

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: This Land is My Land (two verses)

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One Word Photo: Beige – A fight over some bread.

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Good morning from a sort of sunny Hastings.

I was disappointed when I moved into this house that there was no garden.  But there is an abundance of bird life and cats.  I was entertained yesterday after I threw out some bread for the birds. (The beige) and it was very noisy.  Some mynah birds were fighting with the sparrows for the bread.  Then this black cat saw an opportunity to have an extra feast.  But he left empty handed or should I say empty pawed.

The quality isn’t so good as I used my cell phone. But I thought a slideshow would be fun with this.  A bit of action so to speak.

Another piece of useless information.  In the 80’s, after one day international cricket was introduced the New Zealand cricket team had beige uniforms.  With their long hair and moustaches they had quite a following.  This following has continued and the fans still wear their beige supporters shirts and even have their own website:

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One Word Photo Challenge: Beige

One Word Photo Challenge: Beige

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A Word a Week: Rainbow

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I was just going through my reader and found that Sue has chosen the word ‘rainbow’ this week.

This photo was taken with my phone a couple of days after we had moved in to our new home.  Just before a massive thunderstorm.

https://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-rainbow/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-rainbow/

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/a-word-a-week-photography-challenge-rainbow/

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Pukeko

Good morning from a grey and wet Hastings.  Finally after threatening to all day, it started to rain.  A good wetting rain, if that makes sense.  A soft rain that won’t run off, but will be absorbed into the dry ground.  It should stay around for a couple of days.

 So, after all the hype about this super snow storm, I hope those affected are okay and are warm and cosy.  I know what it is like to be snowed under. One year in Austria we had a foot of fresh powder snow each day for a solid two weeks.  That was ok if you didn’t need to go out.  But I found myself really craving the sun.  It was so dark.

This week for Michelle’s challenge I found these pukekos – a purple swamp hen.  Here is some info from Wikipedia.

Pūkeko is the common name, derived from the Māori language, for the purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) of New Zealand. The subspecies occurring there is Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus, which is also found elsewhere in Australasia, including, in eastern Indonesia, the Moluccas, Aru and Kai Islands, as well as in Papua New Guinea and Australia.

A recent arrival to New Zealand, pūkeko have thrived in an environment that now contains introduced predators such as cats, rodents and mustelids (Brunin and Jamieson, 1995). They live in groups of 3–12 individuals and are known to group together and shriek loudly to defend nests successfully during attacks by Australasian harriers. When unsuccessful at repelling predators, they may abandon their nest sites.

In Māori culture

The colour red was associated with nobility and power by Māori, so the pūkeko was held in high esteem because of its red beak and legs.[8]

Māori metaphor

Pūkeko are known for their bold scheming and determination. In times past,– they raided gardens for kūmara (sweet potato) and taro. A stubborn, annoying person was compared metaphorically to the bird, and was said to have pūkeko ears (taringa Pākura).[9][10] They are known to steal eggs from each other and this is an indication of their character.

Māori mythology

In New Zealand, the pūkeko is mentioned in the Māori myth ‘How the Kiwi lost her wings’ in which several birds of the forest are asked to come down from the trees to eat the bugs on the ground and save the forest, but all give excuses except the Kiwi who is willing to give up his colours and the ability to fly. The pūkeko’s excuse is that it looks too damp down there, and he does not want to get his feet wet. The pūkeko is punished for his reluctance and told he must now live forever in the swamps.

By one account, the pukeko is the spawn of Punga (the ancestor of sharks and reptiles – enemies of the people) but was claimed by relative (and high chief) Tawhaki. Tawhaki cut himself while cutting timber and so daubed the pukeko’s forehead with his own blood to signify their bond. So the mischievous pukeko gets his character from Punga and his noble badge from Tawhaki.[10]

Hunted by Māori

In a written account given over 100 years ago, Māori were described as trapping pūkeko (near lake Taupo). They would choose a suitable place where pūkeko were known to feed, and drive a series of stakes into the ground. These stakes were connected by a fine flax string. Hair-like nooses (made from cabbage tree fibre) were then dangled at the appropriate height, from the flax string, to catch pūkeko as they fed after dusk, in the low light conditions.

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