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


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 –

Changing landscape

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.


As you can see.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Railways

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


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.


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.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Signs

Cee’s Black & White Photography: Made from Plastic


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.


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

North Island Kokako
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.

Baby Tuatara
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.

Green Skink
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.


Cee’s Black & White Photography: Looking through windows

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Two Different Things


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…..


Two different shapes for this sculpture.


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


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: The Number Two

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


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.


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.


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

Ebbet Park, 15.04.2016 155@0,1x

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.

Ebbet Park, 15.04.2016 182@0,1x

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

Ebbet Park, 15.04.2016 011@0,1x

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


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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bathroom Reflections

Social Snappers - Hastings 091@0,1x

Good morning from a cool but sunny day.

Again I must apologise about visiting other blogs.  Wordpress keeps crashing my browser, so I gave up. I have asked for help, especially how to get rid of those related reading thingies which really slow the loading posts.

Anyway onto more fun images.  This week Cee wants to see our bathrooms and outhouses.  So here are some photos I took at our public restrooms in the CBD.

Social Snappers - Hastings 093@0,1x

One of these wonderfully thin ladies is a selfie of me.  Can you guess?

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Bathrooms and Outhouses


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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Marine Parade, Napier


Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings morning.

Firstly I must really apologise for not getting around to everyone’s blogs.  Wordpress is now crashing as well as being very slow and laggy as my son says.  It is driving me nuts as you can imagine.  It seems that I am only allowed to do so much and then it decides I am not allowed to do any more and shuts the whole browser down.  Come on WordPress, get rid of all the bloat ware.

Now my whinging is over it is time to show some of my mobile photos.  My son is my chauffeur which means that I can have my camera or phone out to take photos.  So this is along Marine Parade heading into Napier.  I love this drive.  On clear days you can see right over to Cape Kidnappers.  The clouds were amazing this day.


Then the closer you get into Napier there are these Norfolk pines.  I remember visiting Napier as a child and these trees stood out in my mind for some reason.

Both have been edited in Pixlr.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography: Black & White

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Reflecting on Chairs

Napier and Otane 025@0,1x

Good morning from a sunny, if somewhat chilly Hastings day.

New Zealand is a happy place today, after finally getting a gold medal at the Olympics.  So far it hasn’t really been that successful for us.  A lot of misfires. But that is how it goes.  Actually I am not really following the games much.  I have too many other things on my mind.  Such as knitting a large sweater as an order.  I have knitted the back, and got up to the armholes in the front before realising that I had used smaller needles.  Big #$%* mistake.  Had to undo it all.  But that is how it goes.

Hastings after the rain 055@0,1x

Guess what I will be doing today?  That’s right, sitting down with knitting in hand.

Hastings after the rain 052@0,1x

But not in these chairs in full view of the public in both Hastings and Napier.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Tables and Chairs

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