Sally D’s Mobile Photography: Proud to be GE Free

Organic Vegetables

Good morning from a cool but clearing morning here in Hastings.  The best kind of weather – it rains during the night and then it clears up for the day.  And it was heavy rain, which is desperately needed.  All is good.

Anyway, on Sundays I go down to Otane to the market there.  Sales are definitely picking up for me, which is great.  I am the Social Media Queen.  This means I go around to all the stalls and take photos to post on our Facebook page.  Thanks to this the visitor numbers have increased.  Also I have EFTPOS facilities too, i.e. electronic funds transfer.  This was good as last week the market’s own machine went down.  So after doing all this I have to transfer the money over to the other stall holders.

Taking photos of the stalls is a tricky business.  The stall holders themselves do not want their photos taken.  So it is a matter of arranging the composition a bit more creatively – i.e. taking photos on an angle or such like.  I do take my big camera with me, but I generally use my cellphone so I can post directly to Facebook.

Soooo, one of the stalls sells certified GE Free, organic vegetables at a very reasonable cost.  Andrew, the stall holder is rough and ready, very rural and he arranges his stall in a very rustic manner.  As you can see in this photo (edited in Pixlr of course). Last week it actually snowed a little. And Andrew ended up inside as he had had enough of the freezing winds. So that when I took this photo it was soft and nostalgic looking with the light filtering through the window.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography: Nature

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Animal Friend of the Week: Sun Conures

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Sun Conures are very social and are known for their very loud squawks and screams compared to their comparatively small size – so you’ll probably hear them when you’re out and about in the Zoo.

Some of our flock were hand-reared after being rejected by their mother, andhese birds in particular are very friendly with the staff who raised them.

In the wild

IUCN: Endangered

Sun Conures, also known as Sun Parakeets, are native to northeastern South America. They form monogamous pairs as young as four months old, live in large flocks, and can live up to 30 years.

Their bright and beautiful colouring, combined with their intelligence and curious temperaments, make Sun Conures popular pets.

Unfortunately, they are now endangered and in decline primarily due to excessive trapping for the pet trade – which means that there are more Sun Conures living as pets than in the wild. They are now protected under the Wild Bird Conservation Act which bans the importation of wild–caught birds, and conservationists hope this will help to increase their numbers in the wild.

Wellington Zoo

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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

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