Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Manuwatu Gorge Railway

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Good morning from a cool and windy Hastings day.

Firstly an update on our earthquake news.  Over the week, with more building inspections, more Wellingtonians are being evacuated.  It is hard to keep up with all the latest developments.  Plus there are predictions of more quakes to come and there is a high risk of landslides around Kaikoura in the South Island.  I am ok here in Hastings.

Our landscape has changed too –

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So speaking of landscapes.  My two images for Cee’s black and white challenge were taken from the car driving through the Manuwatu Gorge last Saturday.  On one side of the river the railroad follows the hillside, while the road is on the other side.

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As you can see.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Railways

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: This Way to the Cable Car

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Good morning from a cool and cloudy Hastings day.

Thanks so much to Cee for highlighting my entry last week with my cotton reel and thermometer.

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For this week I have realised that I really don’t have many photos of signs. Maybe here in New Zealand we just don’t have much imagination when it comes to our signs.  The only one I could come up with today is this sign showing the cable car which runs from Lambton Quay up to the Botanical Gardens.  I didn’t manage to get up there this year, but will next time I am down in Wellington.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Signs

Cee’s Black & White Photography: Made from Plastic

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Good morning from a cool Hastings morning.

This week Cee has gone for a modern theme. Things made of plastic.  I had a bit of a think about this one.  Then I found these photos on my phone.

First up is a macro of a plastic roll of cotton thread.  I have brought a cheap little lens for my iPhone.  It just clips on and I can have wide angle or macro.  The macro was a bit difficult to work out.  It seems that I have to literally place the camera lens just about on the subject I want to shoot.  But it does have some cool effects.

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This photo was taken last summer.  It was very, very hot right into the evening. For those in Fahrenheit this is over 90 degrees and it was actually 6.21 PM, (I hadn’t changed this for summer time).  We go through it ok though.  Well I am still here.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Made from Plastic

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Native New Zealand Wildlife Through Windows

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North Island Kokako

Good morning from another warm sunny spring day here in Hastings.  For this week’s challenge hosted by Cee I decided to show some of the wildlife seen through windows at Zealandia.  First up is actually a stuffed bird – the native Kokako which is a protected species.

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Baby Tuatara

Another vulnerable New Zealand native – the Tuatara – also called the living fossil as they are not part of the reptiles and amphibian species – they are thought to be descended from the dinosaurs or some other species that had lived then.

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Green Skink

Ok, this would have been better in colour, considering it’s name.  But another vulnerable species.

All these photos were taken through windows of enclosures which is hopefully not the only way we can see these endangered species in the future.

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Cee’s Black & White Photography: Looking through windows

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Two Different Things

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Good morning from a cool, but sunny Hastings morning.

Just a quick post today – have a busy day ahead of me.  So sorry if I don’t get to other blogs today.

Anyway Cee has asked us for photos showing either two different things or the number 2.  So I searched my archives and found these two photos from Wellington. First up is this tree and a lamp post – man versus nature.  Both are leaning towards each other…..

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Two different shapes for this sculpture.

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I have been wanting to use this last photo for a while.  These feet hanging from the car mirror.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: The Number Two

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: The Power of One

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Good morning from a cloudy spring day here in Hastings.

Yesterday was lovely – so warm that I went for a walk at lunch time in the park across the road to take some photos.  Here are some that I found that was perfect for Cee’s monochrome challenge. First up is this rather vocal tui.  They are very busy at the moment.  I can see them flying around in their mating ritual from my computer desk.

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Then I stalked this magpie.  I haven’t really seen them around here in town.  I have seen a lot of them flying around during my weekly drive down to Otane.  But never here in Hastings. So I tiptoed up to it.  But it was smart and would go in the opposite direction whenever I got too close to it.  And that included up in this tree.

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And of course I had to add a floral – this magnolia. At least with blooms all I have to contend with is the wind.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Isolated Objects

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trees in Ebbet Park

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Good morning from a grey, rather soggy Hastings morning.  We had a lot of rain last night, but nothing like Auckland so I hope that those in Auckland are dry and ok.

So onto sunnier and warmer times for Cee’s Black & White challenge this week.  Thanks so much Cee for featuring my post last week. I really do appreciate it.

This week and next week will be about trees.  I have a lot of photos of trees.  I love them all year around.  I have one just outside my window which is very bare at the moment but still attract a lot of birds.  Very entertaining when I am on the computer.  Actually come to think of it, it is very, very quiet this morning.  Maybe they are hiding away in their nests, waiting for the sun to come out.

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These trees are in Ebbet Park.  Which is right across the road from my house.

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I love them in monochrome.  Then they have a timeless quality.

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