Animal Friend of the Week:Cunningham’s Skink

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Time to showcase a reptile this week for my animal friends challenge.  Going through the reptiles on Wellington Zoo’s website I realised that I must go back again as I missed so many.  Many of them were incognito – I never saw them, all I saw or so it seemed was empty glass cages.

This is Spitfire, a female Cunningham’s Skink. She was poking her face out to see who was around.

In the wild

IUCN: Least concern

The Cunningham’s Skink is a large lizard native to southeastern Australia, and is often confused with its lookalike Blue-Tongued cousins.

They live in groups and give birth to litters of live young instead of laying eggs.

Wellington Zoo

And thanks to Sonya for taking part last week.  She was lucky enough to catch a seal in the wild.

Sonyavdg: Animal Friend of the Week:Seal 

Animal Friend of the Week Challenge Logo-

I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

Thanks for visiting.


Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black & White Impressions


Good morning from a frosty but so far sunny Hastings day.

I have discovered Pixlr, a great editing programme – free which is even better.  There are apps for both phone and iPad.  I have downloaded a desktop version on my computer.  My eyesight is not what it used to be.  I also have a 32″ TV hooked up to my computer – now that really makes me look more carefully at my photos. And so editing any photos is more fun.

This week for Sally’s mobile photography challenge I have been having fun with this software.  I took these photos last week with this week in mind.  I love interesting clouds and bare wintering trees are always a bonus. And taking my inspiration from Sally this week with her photo montages I went a bit crazy.


I can’t remember what preset filters I used but did add some overlays to make the images more interesting.  There is also a great selection of borders too. I just used a negative border for these. When I am processing an image I just go with how I feel, writing everything down would just detract me from going in the direction I want.

I was going for a more artistic look than I usually do.  What do you think?

Sally D’s Mobile Photography: Black & White

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