One Four Challenge: February Week 4

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For this week I have used the advice of Ben at Ben’s Aperture64 and did some editing in GIMP.  Not as easy to navigate as Photoshop but for this I used the brush to get rid of that glare in the top of the dandelion.  Plus I also darkened the stem so that the focus is on the axctual dandelions heading off.  I am not sure if I was successful so any constructive criticism is welcome.

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Orange Salamander Part IV

https://bastet1952.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/one-four-challenge-a-rose-febraury-23-2015/

https://lensaddiction.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/one-four-challenge-feb-wk-4/

https://robynsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/one-four-challenge-feb-week-4/

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Phoneography Challenge: Nature

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Good morning from another grey and wet Hastings.

So to brighten up my day and everyone else’s here is a bright cheery photo of the double delight rose – yet again.  I know I have posted a lot of photos of these roses, but I just love them.

For more info on this challenge here is Sally’s link:

https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-architecture-of-nature/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-choice-challenge-nature-and-people/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-and-non-srl-digital-devices-photo-challenge-and-5-day-black-and-white-challenge-architecture/

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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Lady in White

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Good morning from a grey and wet Hastings day.  We were lucky over the weekend that  the weather was so good.  Humid and hot, but at least dry. Now, while writing this post the heavens has just opened and it is raining hard.

My post last week was featured by Cee this week.  Thanks so much Cee.

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It seems that the moonshine was popular after all.

Another Art Deco themed photo today.  While walking around I found this lady sitting at the table.  Who is she waiting for? Is she tired and wanted to just sit and rest?  She had a lovely outfit on but with trainers.  I love the bright green table and cheers.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #8

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/cees-oddball-photo-challenge-2015-week-8-smokin-hot-candy/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/three-odd-statues-for-cees-oddball-challenge-8/

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Travel Theme: Energy

Good evening from a hot and muggy Hastings.

As we had our Art Deco weekend  here are some photos which are rather apt for Ailsa’s challenge.

As for my energy levels – after a massive beading week for my dress and then visiting the festivities in Napier I am drained.  My feet are covered in blisters – I had to park miles away – I arrived too late.  But it was a lot of fun.  I was happy with my new camera, but I found that I had only taken 334 photos for both yesterday and today.  I think it was because the lens was a lot faster than my old camera and so my success rate was a lot better.

I will do a separate post for my dress.  It took a lot longer than expected and I don’t want to see another bead for a while – or thread another very fine needle.  But I will leave all that for another day.

Today is the 4th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake.

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand’s second-largest city, killing 185 people in one of the nation’s deadliest peacetime disasters.

The magnitude 6.3 (ML) earthquake[1] struck the Canterbury Region in New Zealand’s South Island at 12:51 pm on Tuesday,22 February 2011 local time (23:51 21 February UTC).[1][9] The earthquake was centred 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the port town of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-most populous city.[1] It followed nearly six months after the magnitude 7.1 Canterbury earthquake of 4 September 2010, which caused significant damage to Christchurch and the central Canterbury region, but no direct fatalities.

The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs, with damage exacerbated by buildings and infrastructure already being weakened by 4 September 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs, producing around 400,000 tonnes of silt. The shallow earthquake was reported to be felt across the South Island and the lower and central North Island. While the initial quake only lasted around 10 seconds, the vicinity and depth of its location to Christchurch in addition to the previous quakes were the reason for so much destruction.

In total, 185 people were killed in the earthquake,[6][7] making it the second-deadliest natural disaster recorded in New Zealand (after the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake), and fourth-deadliest disaster of any kind recorded in New Zealand, with nationals from more than 20 countries among the victims.[10] Over half of the deaths occurred in the six-storey Canterbury Television (CTV) Building, which collapsed and caught fire in the quake. The government declared a state of national emergency, which stayed in force until 30 April 2011.[11]

The total cost to insurers of rebuilding was originally estimated at NZ$15 billion.[12][13] At that point it was already predicted to be by far New Zealand’s costliest natural disaster, and the third-costliest earthquake (nominally) worldwide.[14] But by April 2013, the total estimated cost had ballooned to $40 billion.[15] Some economists have estimated it will take the New Zealand economy 50 to 100 years to completely recover.[16] The earthquake was the most damaging in a year-long earthquake swarm affecting the Christchurch area. It was followed by a large aftershock on 13 June (which caused considerable additional damage) and a series of large shocks on 23 December 2011.

(courtesy of Wikipedia).

https://lensaddiction.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/4th-anniversary-of-feb-22-earthquake-in-christchurch/

https://nzsnapper.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/4-years-on/

It is rather appropriate that today Napier celebrates Art Deco – rising up out of the ashes of the 1931 earthquake that devastated both Napier and Hastings.  My heart goes out to those affected and the fact that there are still hold ups with insurance and other issues.  So hopefully, in the future Christchurch can look back and see a new city rising from their tragedy.

The Art Deco weekend is not all about dressing up and having a jolly good time.  The armed forces are honoured for their assistance following the earthquake.  The HMS Veronica had just berthed in Port Ahuriri when the earthquake stroke and gave valuable assistance.

Travel theme: Energy

Travel theme: Energy

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/travel-theme-energy/

https://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/travel-theme-energy/

I have so much to catch up with on my reader so it is only likes at the moment.

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WPC Challenge: Rule of Thirds

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Good morning from a cool but sunny morning.  This afternoon I am over in Napier for Art Deco and the weather is expected to be around 28 degrees celsius.  Rather hot but it will be a lot of fun.

This week the challenge is Rule of Thirds.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/rule-of-thirds/

These photos were taken of the last of the Delphiniums at Cornwall Park the other morning.

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https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/weekly-photo-challenge-three-for-the-law-of-thirds/

Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge – Rule of Thirds

https://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/weekly-photo-challenge-rule-of-thirds/

https://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/weekly-photo-challenge-rule-of-thirds/

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Floral Friday: Foxgloves

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Yesterday I stopped of to take photos at Cornwall Park.  The sun was quite low and strong.  There weren’t many plants left, a few delphiniums and these foxglove.  I was shooting blind as I was shooting into the sun.

Here is some info from Wikipedia –

Digitalis (/ˌdɪɨˈtlɨs/[2] or /ˌdɪɨˈtælɨs/[3]) is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. This genus was traditionally placed in the figwort family Scrophulariaceae, but recent phylogenetic research has placed it in the much enlarged family Plantaginaceae.[1] This genus is native to western and southwestern Europe,[4] western and central Asia, Australasia and northwestern Africa. The scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease with which a flower of Digitalis purpurea can be fitted over a human fingertip. The flowers are produced on a tall spike, are tubular, and vary in colour with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. The best-known species is the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. This biennial plant is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers which range in colour from various purple tints through various shades of light gray, and to purely white. The flowers can also possess various marks and spottings.

The first year of growth of the common foxglove produces only the stem with its long, basal leaves. During the second year of the plant’s life, a long, leafy stem from 50 to 255 centimeters tall grows atop the roots of healthy plants.

The larvae of the moth the “foxglove pug” consume the flowers of the common foxglove for food. Other species of Lepidoptera eat the leaves, including lesser yellow underwing.

The term digitalis is also used for drug preparations that contain cardiac glycosides, particularly one called digoxin, extracted from various plants of this genus.

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Cee’s Fun Foto challenge: Chorus

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This week Cee has gone for the chorus of this song, My favourite things.  I have really loved this series.  It really has been a lot of fun searching for the photos to go with it.

When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel so bad.

So the first photo – actually I don’t think that Abbey would bite.

But this bee would certainly sting.

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I would say that my favourite thing is to take these photos when I am feeling sad.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My Favorite Things, Chorus

https://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/cees-fun-foto-challenge-when-im-feeling-sad/

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My Favourite Things Chorous

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