Admiration: Lottie (Charlotte) Le Gallais

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Good morning from another cool, but sunny Hastings day.

Krista from The Daily Post has asked us for a photo or photos of someone we admire.:

In your response, depict something or someone you admire. Bonus points if you share a paragraph or two on the source of your admiration.

Lottie (Charlotte) Le Gallais was a a nurse in WWI.  This is a larger than life model of her at Te Papa Museum in Wellington.  Here is a blog where you can find out more about this remarkable nurse.

I have done quite a few posts with my photos from the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa.  But what affected me the most was Lottie.  Here she is depicted holding a letter she had written to her brother, unaware that he had already being killed.  The dreaded telegram was sent to her father informing him of her death as next of kin.  But Lottie was already on her way to the war, and not being next of kin was not informed.  The only way she found out that he was dead was this letter:


Letter to Leddie Le Gallais returned to Lottie Le Gallais. Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum (MS 95-11 folder 3)

Yet, despite this news she continued on and carried out her duties.

As far as I was concerned the nurses and womenfolk left behind were the unsung heroes. Much has been written about the heroism of the soldiers at the front line, but it was the women who kept them warm with their knitted garments and fed them with their ANZAC biscuits:

The ANZAC biscuit recipe and history can be found here.

They deserve far more recognition than just being women.  So it was great to see that they got some acknowledgment at this great exhibition.  So if you are in Wellington I really recommend that you go and visit it – but be prepared to queue up.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Camouflaged Fungi and Dandelion

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Good morning from another cool but gloriously sunny Hastings day.

Today was the last day for me, here in the future for the Colour Your World Challenge hosted by Jennifer Nichole Wells.  120 days of posting a different colour every day.  I missed some of the colours first time around, but did them all this time.  I will miss this.  It has been interesting reading about the different colours and learning about the colour hues as well.  I have loved seeing all the different posts as well. So thank you Jennifer.

Cee's Black & White Featured post

A big thanks to Cee for featuring my post from last week which you can catch up with here.  I really appreciate Cee’s support and recognition – she is a fabulous photographer and runs several great challenges so go and check her blog out.

This week the prompt is camouflaged or hiding objects, things or animals.

So first up is this dandelion hiding among the grasses.

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Then I found these black, camouflaged fungi of some sort in my parent’s garden.  They look just like stones or bark, but were definitely not.

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And then these mushrooms hiding in the grass at Parkowhai Park.  I am on the hunt for mushrooms at the moment.  It being late autumn we are having some very heavy dews so that they are everywhere.  The only thing is that I must look a sight bending over with my derriere up in the air for everyone to see.  Now that I have my remote working I think I will just place the camera on the ground and use that instead.  It will save my dignity anyway.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Hiding or Camouflage

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red and Yellow in Wellington

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.

This week Cee has gone for a colourful prompt.  Red and Yellow, preferably in the same image.  I have a few from Wellington.  Wellington is such a vibrant, colourful city with lots of art work on the streets:

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and it’s buildings also add to the colour.

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And then there is the colourful parrot at the zoo.

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And finally an image I took of a video display from the Dreamworks exhibition at Te Papa museum.

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Featuring Kung Fu Panda.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red and Yellow

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