WPC: Beneath my Feet

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Good morning from a cooler Hastings day.

For this week’s challenge at The Daily Post   has asked us for photos under our feet.

Each Friday, we ask you to look through your lens in a different way. In the past, we’ve challenged you to get close. Gaze up. Peek out the window. Today, look down and document the world beneath your feet.

Yesterday my Social Snappers group headed over to Havelock North to a beautiful spot where there was a small river under the main bridge entering the township.  The weather was perfect.  No wind, not  a cloud in the sky and we had a great time wandering around shooting to our hearts content.  It was a bit wet underfoot with some large puddles as in the first photo.

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These daisies were large – they didn’t have to worry about being mowed down.

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And we found some buttercups.

What we are now finding is now that we are nearly into the middle of August the light is starting to get stronger.  By 11 o’clock it is too strong.  Next term we will be starting earlier and finishing earlier.








Weekly Photo Challenge – Beneath Ur Feet

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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: An Odd Daisy

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Good morning from another cold and frosty morning.

A couple of weeks ago my son and I visited my mother.  As soon as I drove in my mother came rushing out and told me that I just had to take a photo of this unusual daisy.  I think the cold has made this daisy develop like this.

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Very odd to say the least.  Perfect for Cee’s challenge at Cee’s Photography.


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week 28



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One Four Challenge: Week 4

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Welcome to this new challenge by Robyn at Captivate Me


At her blog you will find out more about participating in this challenge.  It is about having fun with editing.  Which I most certainly do.

This first image is from Week 1.

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Week 2 was edited in Snapseed.

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Week 3 was edited in Photoshop Express with the carmine filter.

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And for my final edit I went to Distressed FX to give it some warmer tones.

And here is the original image:

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As you can see it has changed a fair bit from the original.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”

Neil Gaiman

Here are some of the other great works of art to check out.





I have tried to add a poll so we will see if I am successful.


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One-Four Challenge: Week 2


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Good morning from another sunny Hastings day.

This challenge is just my challenge.  This is the first image from the first week of this challenge.

The next step was to upload it onto my iPad for my editing apps – that took all morning yesterday with much of the time googling for answers when it was a fairly simple and painless process to do.

Anyway I went straight to Snapseed, my first app of choice.  This is because it accesses all of my photos, not just the last added as with some of my other apps.

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I added the HDR filter and softened the edges. Really it has softened the whole image.

Here are some of the other entries for this challenge by Robyn:





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A Photo a Week: Twins

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Good morning from another grey Hastings morning. This last week we have had some grey mornings but the clouds were gone by mid morning giving us lovely warm afternoons.  I don’t think that is going to happen so here is a cheerful photo to start the day of.

Nancy has come up with the prompt of twins. I am one of twins.  We are or were identical in looks.  I have photos of us as babies and you wouldn’t know the difference.  No we didn’t play tricks on our teachers as we were generally in the same class.  We did have this ESP going on – I had a toothache but she had the hole in her tooth.  I wasn’t impressed with that at all.  That seems to have faded as we have got older and have gone our separate ways.  We are both creative, though in different ways – we both love colour.

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A Photo A Week Challenge: Twins

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Phoneography Challenge: Macro

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Good morning from another sunny Hastings day.

A nice bright photo to start my post today.  Since this is the second Monday of the month it is time for macros for Sally’s challenge:


I found a couple of macros I had taken with my 5S and played around a bit on my iPad with the editing as I do.

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I am not sure what this flower is – I found it in my mother’s garden.  I think it is a tree lily????IMG_0415 (512x640)At my parents front gate there is a huge pointsettia


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Phoneography Challenge: Nature


Good morning from a warmer and calmer day.  Yesterday was very stormy all over the North Island.  We had a lot of heavy wind and rain again and a small earthquake in the afternoon as well which I didn’t feel, so it can’t have been a big one.  Auckland still has no power so I could well say it was a black Monday all around.

So onto something to take our minds of the weather.  Blooms always cheers me up.

It is the first Monday of the month which means it is all about our nature for Sally’s challenge:’


I take a lot of photos of flowers as you know and love to play around with the editing.  I have already used this first image on another post,  but wasn’t so keen on the editing so I had another go on my iPad with Tangled FX and I think I prefer this image.

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Here is another Tangled FX image.

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This was just edited with Photoshop Express.

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I have also used this image before but couldn’t resist added a border to it to focus just on the bluebells.




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Singing in the Rain: Part 2


Good morning from a sunny Hastings.

I have been getting up at 5.15 AM for a few days now just to do my blog.  Actually my son has to get up this early to go to bible study so I thought I would get up to make sure he gets up and then sit down in the peace and quiet to do my blog.  It has been great as it now takes me about 2 hours just to read everyones’ blogs and then do mine.  It leaves me more time during the day to get my knitting done.

Anyway here is the second part to my raindrop photos.  There were just too many to show yesterday. The above photo is a pohutakawa – have fun trying to pronounce that one.  It is a native New Zealand flowering tree.






Roses of course.




I think these are petunias – correct me if I am wrong.


Daisies I think, or at least part of the family of daisies.


A naked lady.  I just love this pink colour.  It is so fresh.


I missed this hibiscus photo yesterday.


A touch of green.

It was hard to chose my favourites.

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The Daily Post Challenge : Bold

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Good morning from a very sunny Hastings morning.

Last night I immersed myself in the darkroom so to speak to do some editing on FX Photostudio Pro.  It is all about having fun and seeing what effects I could come up with.  Then I read what the challenge fromThe Daily Post is – bold. So I have picked out these bold flowers for you.

I love the vignette effect.  It shifts the focus onto the centre of the image and makes it stand out a little more.  Then it was just a matter of choosing which effects were the most interesting.  See if you can work them out.

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Solarized Dandelion

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