Cee’s Black and White Challenge: The Piper

The Piper

Good morning from a cool Hastings morning.  Autumn has hit us hard after the storm.

This week Cee at Cee’s Photography has asked for musical instruments, people, sheet music or audio devices for her black and white challenge this week. This was a hard one for me but then I remembered this photo from last year.  I always get goosebumps when I hear a lone piper.  This piper was shot during the ceremony to commemorate the 1931 earthquake.  He walked up the length of Heretaunga Street piping and people just stopped what they were doing to listen.  So it was an eerie silence with just the sounds of the pipes.

Please excuse the graininess. It was taken with my iPhone 5S and then heavily cropped.


Musical Ljubljana


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WPC: Wall

Art Deco Mosaics

Good morning from a cool and so far calm day.  I am a bit late today, but that is because I have been reading the weather report.  Gisborne, north of where I live is expected to bear the brunt of Cyclone Pam.  They have been told to stock up on food, water and candles to last for at least 3 days.  We will get some of the bad weather, mostly high seas.  That I would really love to see, but I don’t think I will be able to drive over to Napier in my small car.  At the moment it is eerily calm.  Yesterday was glorious so after seeing my parents I went to Pakowhai Park for some photos. As you do.  It was beautiful, a native bush oasis right next door to the motorway.  As you got further away from the motorway all you could hear was birdsong.

Anyway onto this challenge by The Daily Post.  Cheri has asked for walls.  Napier is full of colour.  The colour palette of the Art Deco era. Apricots, light greens and blues.  I found this mosaic in a side street in the CBD.   I love the way they have incorporated typical Napier scenes in this mural. And then added the stained glass at the top.

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Even something as functional as the toilet block walls have murals on them.




The Writing’s on the Wall

#FridayFoto: Walls Of Silence…



The Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge – Wall



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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Photos of Cameras

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Good morning from a grey Hastings day.  At the moment it is the lull before the storm.  There is a category 5 cyclone heading towards Vanuatu at the moment and then it heads towards New Zealand.  That is the highest category that can be given.  Yesterday we has some much needed rain which has now stopped, but we have been warned. The East Coast where I live is expected to bear the brunt of it.  Last year we had a big storm, but this is supposed to be huge.  I have just heard that it will be the strongest storm to hit us.   I will take it as it comes.

This week Cee from Cee’s Photography has asked for all forms of cameras as well as the people behind the camera.

A couple of weeks ago I used a photo of The Spirit of Ecstasy for my Monochrome Madness entry.  As you can see she was a very popular lady.  The same happened with Rene Laliques Eagle’s Head.  I think this car was an early Silver Ghost.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any kind of Camera or Photos of Photographers



Cee’s Fun Fotos: Catching people unaware

Splashing around

Candid photography is not really my thing.  The only time I take candid photos of people is at the Art Deco Weekend and the Blossom Parade. Cee at Cee’s Photography has given us the prompt of catching people unaware. Candid photos. So this photo was taken at Napier.  Someone had put some heavy duty detergent or something into this fountain so that there were bubbles everywhere.  I caught this girl playing with the suds and running back and forwards.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Catching People Unaware



Men Can Mulititask!





Monochrome Madness.


Here is my entry this week for Monochrome Madness, hosted by Leanne at Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY.  Another photo from the Art Deco Weekend.

I took a lot of photos of car mascots.  I heard a few car fans muttering the magic word Lalique.  And sure enough, when I googled it, I found that it is called ‘Tête d’Aigle’ by René Lalique, 1928 which I found at this site:


I loved the lines with this and just wanted the eagle’s head to stand out.

A little more information about Rene Lalique can be found here:


I love his works of art and I hope I have done it justice.

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Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: Giant Kowhai

Giant Kowhai-

Good morning from another sunny Hastings day.

It is Monday for me and that means this challenge by Cee’s Photography. This is a giant Kowhai flower sculpture at Napier.  I hadn’t been in the CBD there for a while and now there are a few sculptures around.  This is one of them.  I took this photo at the Art Deco Weekend as you can see that even the men get into the fashion.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #10


Cee’s Fun Fotos: Farm Animals

Three's Company

Here is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto challenge.  These black and white sheep was taken on the Art Deco weekend.  I didn’t realise until I got home and uploaded the photos that these three sheep were all synchronised.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Farm Animals

Cee’s Fun Foto: Farm Animals





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One Word Photo Challenge: The Dress

Art Deco

Good morning from a sunny Hastings day.

No, this is not the dress that has done the rounds in cyberspace.  For the record if you looked at the dress from the top down, it was white and gold.  If you looked at it straight on it was blue and gold and if you looked at it from the bottom up it was blue and black.  That is what I found when I looked at it on my laptop.

Anyway onto this challenge hosted by Jennifer.

Here is the finished beaded dress.  No, actually my fingers survived pretty much intact.  There are about 20,000 beads on it and I can safely say I touched every single one of them.  I did a post about the fashion industry a few weeks ago and ranting about the working conditions of the Russian emigres who worked up in the attics of Paris


So, how many hours did I work on it? you ask.  About 300 all up.  Give or take 10 hours or more.  So if I calculate that at minimal wage it cost me about $4500 just in the hours.  Then there was the fabric, which wasn’t too expensive and of course the beads.  I did go through several needles as well as about 300 metres of thread.  What really was the hardest to cope with was the eyestrain.  In the end I really struggled to thread the needle.  Severe double vision – which needle is the real one to thread?  I ended up buying a really good quality thread which was a bit stiffer and using lip gloss.  Why lip gloss? It made the thread glide more easily through the eye. I am already planning my next one, but this time I will leave a lot more time to do it.  I am going to cut up my wedding gown – loads of fabric with the skirt.

Beads, beads, beads

Here is a close up of the beaded fringe.

So now I have a healthy respect for those poor workers back then and of course now.  I bet the workers who hand bead the gowns for the big design houses today wouldn’t get that amount of money for their work.

The original image is a combination of several programmes.  My mother had taken that photo of me but she didn’t know how to use the zoom so the background was very cluttered.  So I used Photoshop to do the PNG image.  Not very good, as I am not so good at using the mouse with the lasso.  Then I used a scrapbooking programme for the actual image – Serif CraftArtist.  And then off to Photoscape for the text before Lightroom for the watermark.  I am still a work in progress with Photoshop.  I was used to my big Mac screen for it and was able to see it more clearly, so the laptop is harder for me to see. Especially after all the beading.

The teal colour is in the beads and the car.


One Word Photo Challenge: Teal



One Word Photo Challenge: Teal

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:Hanging Loose

Just Hanging Loose (1 of 1)

Good morning from a sunny Hastings.

Here is my photo this week for Cee’s Photography‘s challenge.

Please don’t shoot the messenger or in this case the photographer.  By this I mean the practice of breeding foxes just to kill them for fashion.  I have one as I was given it.  I don’t wear it.  I just want to say I don’t agree with this practice at all.  Thank goodness it is not as popular now as it was back in the Art Deco period.  So this poor fox is about 70- 80 years old. I just saw it hanging at the window and it looked so helpless.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #9


I have to use my computer in safe mode at the moment.  I have no idea why my computer keeps freezing.  It is all Adobe’s fault.  My computer just froze after I downloaded Creative Cloud.  Luckily I had done some editing before all this and I can still access them to do my blog. I also managed to save them onto an external hard drive. So thanks for some of your comments yesterday.  I have done a system restore but it hasn’t worked.  Fun and games.  I am driving my son mad with yelling for his help.  But he has only just started his course.  In 3 years he could help me.  So last night I spent some time googling this problem.  It seems it is quite common but Adobe is not being helpful.  They blame the computer systems.  But it happens to both Macs and Windows.  Therefore it is not my problem, it is Adobe’s problem.   So it is just likes and no comments at the moment.

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Floral Friday: Stargazer Lilies

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily


Dating as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, these majestic flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology. Derived from the Greek word “leiron,” (generally assumed to refer to the white Madonna lily), the lily was so revered by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower.

While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue – and were the symbol of the Virgin Mary’s purity and her role of Queen of the Angels – as other varieties became popular, they brought with them additional meanings and symbolism as well. Peruvian lilies, or alstroemeria, represent friendship and devotion, white stargazer lilies express sympathy and pink stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity. Symbolizing humility and devotion, lilies of the valley are the 2nd wedding anniversary flower.

As the flowers most often associated with funerals, lilies symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.



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