Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge. Week 33



Good morning from a rather foggy and cooler Hastings.

Time for Michelle’s Weekly Pet challenge.

This time I have gone for the ducks at Cornwall Park.  I love going to this park to feed the ducks and also of course to take photos.  I went down there after the storm last week and they were really hungry or so it seems as of course no-one was able to go down to see them and feed them.  I was surrounded by ducks and they have no fear of humans and came right up to my legs.

Here are a couple of other great posts for this challenge.


Arthritis, Cystitis and Peritonitis…



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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White

Hiding among the grasses

Good morning from a  cool cloudy Hastings.

This week Cee from Cee’s Photography challenge is the colour of white.  I have managed to find a few different photos today, not just flowers so enjoy.


A white moon


An arum lily

A short rain shower

White irises

Black centres

I am not sure what these flowers are – black eyed susie?

Dappled light

White blossoms


A white rose


A white dandelion


White sails


White seagulls.

Check out Cee’s blog for this challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color White





White Wedding

It really has been fun seeing the different interpretations of this challenge.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family


Good morning from a cooler Hastings.  The storm I predicted yesterday didn’t eventuate but it has cooled down and rained a little last night.  I do feel for those melting in Australia.  Keep cool. What a time of contrasts- the big freeze in the Northern Hemisphere and the heat wave in the south.

Anyway the theme for this weeks The Daily Post is family.  I only have the usual boring poses of my family.  They are very wary of me with my camera around them so freeze up and try to spoil any pictures.  You now the sort, the photos that come out at 21sts and other anniversaries.  They wouldn’t appreciate me putting them on my blog so the next best thing are these ducks.

The mother duck is very protective of her offspring.  She is constantly quacking in a low tone to her children to keep them around her.  She is constantly alert and ready to chase off any interlopers.  We can learn a little from her I think.


She doesn’t mind the odd sparrow visiting.





And as with any family there are the squabbles among the siblings.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Family

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Preoccupied


Good morning from a definitely cooler Hastings today.  Cold for us – 20 degrees only.  Sorry to say this to those who are in the middle of the deep freeze up north.  I can only imagine what photo opportunities that await you when the weather warms up a bit.  There is always a bright side to everything.

Anyway this morning I have done two challenges.  The first one is Cee’s fun Foto Challenge which is preoccupied.

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I found this gorgeous cute yellow duckling last spring.  I never saw it again so consider myself lucky to manage these photos.  As you an see they are preoccupied with sleeping, and ignoring everything around them..

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/07/cees-fun-foto-challenge-preoccupied/As it is yellow it fits in well with another challenge.

Then as the duckling is yellow it fits in with another challenge by A Word in Your Ear


So I have added a couple of yellow flowers as well.


Here are some other great posts too.

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Sitting Bull




Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Preoccupied

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Happiness


Good morning from a sunny but windy Hastings morning.

Yesterday I was thinking about this challenge by Ese’ s Voice.  I love the challenge that Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge gives me.  Soooo, this weeks challenge is happiness.  I was thinking about some of the photos I already had with mother ducks and her ducklings and just going over which photos I would use when I came across this little scene.  A mother duck with her ducklings hiding under her for protection.  So  I searched for a quote.  I couldn’t really find what I was wanting – that is both family and happiness.  But found this quote.

To us family means putting your arms around each other and being there.

Barbara Bush

Happiness to me means my family.








What you can’t hear obviously with photos is the sound the mother duck makes.  She constantly quakes in a soft tone to keep in touch with her babies.  I stood there for a while taking photos. As you can see.

They are all edited with FX Photostudio Pro.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


Good morning from a very bright and sunny Hastings.

This weeks challenge by is Cee’s Photography is alone.  I found some of these photos from Cornwall Park of ducks, sparrows and a fantail in the distance. They have been edited in the FX Photostudio Pro.  I used most the vintage filters to give a sense of separation from reality around them.  A sense of isolation.






This made me think of all those people that will be alone this Christmas.  At least these birds and ducks are surrounded by others.  Even though we may be surrounded by others there will be those who are left out.  This is a good time to look around us and reach out to someone and give them a little cheer.

My husband and I look around us each Christmas and find someone worthy to give a small Christmas hamper to.  We try and sneak up to their home to deliver the box so that it is a nice surprise.  But generally we get caught out.  We give a chicken, sausages, biscuits and chips and other small items.  It doesn’t cost us much and it really does make a difference to those we have given to.

That is what Christmas is about.

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A Word in Your Ear: Track


Good morning from a cloudy Hastings.

 While going through my settings yesterday I noticed I can add some snow to my blog until the 4th January.  It is the least I could do to get into the Christmas spirit.  My daughter is complaining that Christmas is not right in the middle of summer.  Actually I don’t mind it.  Having had white Christmases, green Christmases, brown Christmases, wet Christmases and hot Christmases I know which one I prefer.  But then again there is a distinct feel in the air when trudging through snow in temperatures below freezing to midnight mass in  freezing chapel.  There is a special feeling listening to the Silent Night in german by candlelight after midnight.

Anyway I digress. This week’s challenge by A Word in Your Ear is track.  So I searched my archives and came across these photos of ducks in golden waters.  These photos were taken back in spring when the Kowhai trees were in full bloom.  On a still morning the reflection of this beautiful native tree is really impressive.  I was lucky to find some ducks swimming in them and loved the trail they left behind.  Unusually for me I haven’t edited these photos at all.  I didn’t want to spoil the colours or affect.  I hope you like them.

Going my own wayBreaking Waves



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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: one Item or the Number One

Lonely duckling


Good morning from a grey Hastings morning.  Yes it does rain here.

I love the photos from Cee’s Photography  – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and

  have decided to take up this challenge today.  These photos were taken yesterday at Cornwall Park.  My daughter is about to finish school and had the afternoon off to prepare for her graduation dinner last night so we went down to the park to  feed the ducks before going out for last minute shopping for shoes and makeup as you do with teenagers.

So here is my offering for the challenge.

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Sparrow in the bush 3Lonely bird

Sparrow in bush 2Sparrow in bush 1Sitting Duck


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Daily Prompt – Dawn



Good morning from a sunny warm Hastings.

Today’s     Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour    is right up my ally.  During the winter the dawn is at a civilised hour so I was able to head out around 7 AM in the weekends to take these photos while my family were snug and warm in their beds.  The downside of course is the cold.  The upside is the light was amazing and it was a serene experience watching the sunrise.  Spiritual really. Anyway this first shot was taken as I was talking to a friend and watching the sun rise at the same time.  He was understanding that I was slightly distracted by the view in front of me and having to take photos at the same time as trying to talk to me.  I am quite proud of this photo as it was shown on national TV that night.  We can upload our photos to the TV station website for the weather report.  It can be anything.  I had only been doing it for 3 or 4 days so was totally shocked when this was shown at the end of the weather report with my name.    it was a nice feeling.

Anyway these photos have been taken over several days with a Fujifilm X-S1 on the SP sunset filter which brings out the orange and red light a lot more.  It adds a sepia filter to the photos, while still maintaining some colour.



As you can see the light was very magical.

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Another day and the light was completely different.

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Another day I drove to another park – Pakowhai Park to catch the sun there.  The mists were amazing.  Again a very cold morning.  It was like stepping into another world.



Another day and the light is completely different.


For this photo I went to the Rose Garden at Frimley Park and sat there waiting for the sun to rise and managed to catch it through this rose.



Finally this photo is showing the colours of the sunrise in a large puddle on the side of the road.

Apart from the sepia filter on the camera I haven’t edited any of these photos as I think they are strong on their own.

Cheers from Raewyn