Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Feathered friends

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Good morning from a bright and sunny New Year’s Eve here in Hastings,

Yesterday was a weird day.  I have found a place to live which is the right price in rent that I could afford.  It is nothing flash but there will only be my son and I, it is a sunny house but no garden.  That was okay.  But then in the evening I found out that the rent is likely to go up as the landlord only dropped the rent for Christmas.  So it is at the lower rent for 3 months and then it will go up.

Just before I left to go and look at this house ex-hubby turned up in violation of his trespass notice.  I didn’t see him but my son did and told him to leave as he was violating the trespass order.  All he wanted was to go out for a cup of coffee and catch up with our news.  As if that was going to happen.  Then later in the day he drops of a letter for me with a small handwritten note on it basically giving the police evidence that he has been to visit.  So I am in two minds – should I go to the police and he is in deep trouble and really ruin any chance of our divorce ending amicably or just let it slide and move without giving him our address and get on with the divorce negotiations.

The last straw was finding out that my disability support will drop drastically now that my son turns 18.  He now has to apply for a student allowance in order for us to even be able to eat.

So all in all a great way to end this year.  So my motto is onwards and upwards for next year.

Anyway onto this challenge by Michelle.  We have a lot of bird life around this house and this blackbird is always in the front lawn so I grabbed a few photos.

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Then one day I was walking past the back door and looked over to find this fantail flitting around the car and just managed to grab the camera and catch a few rather grainy photos of it.

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https://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/michelles-weekly-pet-challenge-roundup-and-start-of-new-week-69/

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Week 40 – Feathered friends at the park

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Good morning from a very wet and battered Hastings.  We had some heavy rain last night with winds but nothing compared to Auckland. I have just watched the news and it was very bad there overnight, with power lines knocked down and trucks knocked over. I am thinking of you guys up there.

Today I thought I would show some of my feathered friends at Cornwall Park.

First up is our native fantail.  I am getting very frustrated with my camera which doesn’t want to focus,  especially on maximum zoom.  This was the best photo of them all with heavy cropping.

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There are plenty of sparrows.

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And blackbirds.

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And of course ducks.

Check out his challenge at Michelle’s blog:

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/michelles-weekly-pet-challenge-round-up-and-start-of-new-week-40/

And a couple of other great posts:

http://blogagaini.com/2014/06/10/michelles-pet-challenge-wk-40/

http://steve-says.net/2014/06/10/leave-daddys-wine-alone/

Thanks for visiting.

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Up with the sun this morning

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A colourful good morning from a windy Hastings today.

This morning I managed to catch the sunrise for the first time in months.  I normally miss it as I never wake up in time.  It had been windy overnight, and there is another bad weather front coming over the North Island so I woke up with the weather.  As I was opening my blinds I noticed some colour in the sky so just grabbed the camera and took off outside and I wasn’t disappointed.

I love watching the sun rise.  In the winter, although it is cold it is also later so that I don’t have to wake up at an unreasonable hour.  There is something special about watching a new day dawning and the colours that it brings.  My favourite photos are from last winter down at the duck pond at Cornwall Park.  Especially when it is icy and the mists rising from the water make for some really great photos.

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What is great about shooting sunrises is that even though the photos might be just seconds apart they are never the same.

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Just moving slightly changes the perspective and focal point of the colours as well.  These photos are shot towards the opposite direction of the sun rising.  This is what caught my eye when I got up.

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Going from portrait to landscape mode also changes it.

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I use the zoom a lot for sunrises as I love the way it really brings out the colours and also with these photos it plays around with the depth of field a bit.

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All in all it was an awesome sunrise.

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By this time it was starting to fade.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn