A Photo a Week: Hats

Ruth in hat

This week Nancy is fascinated by hats.  Well, so am I.  I have an Art Deco hat which I love.  And now I am trying to find a hat suitable for the Suffragette movement – I want a straw hat with purple, green and white blossoms (which I will be making) on it. I am in the Blossom Parade this year for the Women’s Centre.

Anyway here is my gorgeous daughter with a couple of hats from WWI which we found at the Gallipoli Exhibition at Te Papa museum.

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She really suits hats.

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Admiration: Lottie (Charlotte) Le Gallais

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Good morning from another cool, but sunny Hastings day.

Krista from The Daily Post has asked us for a photo or photos of someone we admire.:

In your response, depict something or someone you admire. Bonus points if you share a paragraph or two on the source of your admiration.

Lottie (Charlotte) Le Gallais was a a nurse in WWI.  This is a larger than life model of her at Te Papa Museum in Wellington.  Here is a blog where you can find out more about this remarkable nurse.

I have done quite a few posts with my photos from the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa.  But what affected me the most was Lottie.  Here she is depicted holding a letter she had written to her brother, unaware that he had already being killed.  The dreaded telegram was sent to her father informing him of her death as next of kin.  But Lottie was already on her way to the war, and not being next of kin was not informed.  The only way she found out that he was dead was this letter:


Letter to Leddie Le Gallais returned to Lottie Le Gallais. Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum (MS 95-11 folder 3)

Yet, despite this news she continued on and carried out her duties.

As far as I was concerned the nurses and womenfolk left behind were the unsung heroes. Much has been written about the heroism of the soldiers at the front line, but it was the women who kept them warm with their knitted garments and fed them with their ANZAC biscuits:

The ANZAC biscuit recipe and history can be found here.

They deserve far more recognition than just being women.  So it was great to see that they got some acknowledgment at this great exhibition.  So if you are in Wellington I really recommend that you go and visit it – but be prepared to queue up.

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WPC: Dinnertime

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings morning.

This morning Michelle W. from The Daily Post has asked us for our dinnertime photos.  So first up is a photo of clouds around dinnertime the other night.  My son had come home and showed me some of the photos he took on the way home.  They were great so I had to go out and get my own.  Another image from that time was used on my Wordless Wednesday post.

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Then it was dinnertime for the bees.

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Finally on a sombre note here is a Weta Workshop over life sized model of an ANZAC (NZ) soldier eating dinner out of a can during the disasterous Gallipoli campaign during WWI.  You can find out more about this exhibition at Te Papa museum here.  We are leading up to ANZAC day here and in Australia so it is a time to reflect and give thanks to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.


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WPC: Motion

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Good morning from a foggy and sunny ANZAC day in Hastings.  Today is an important day for us.  It is the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I.


Even Google has honoured our fallen soldiers.

Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey.

Key dates

25 April 1915: Gallipoli landings

8 May: NZ troops take part inSecond Battle of Krithia

8 August: NZ troops capture Chunuk Bair

15-20 December: Troops evacuated from Anzac area

For eight long months, New Zealand troops, alongside those from Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, France, India, and Newfoundland battled harsh conditions and Ottoman forces desperately fighting to protect their homeland.

By the time the campaign ended, more than 130,000 men had died: at least 87,000 Ottoman soldiers and 44,000 Allied soldiers, including more than 8700 Australians. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about a fifth of all those who had landed on the peninsula.

In the wider story of the First World War, the Gallipoli campaign made no large mark. The number of dead, although horrific, pales in comparison with the death toll in France and Belgium during the war. However, for New Zealand, along with Australia and Turkey, the Gallipoli campaign is often claimed to have played an important part in fostering a sense of national identity.


Anyway I have already done another post for this so onto the challenge given to us by The Daily Post

Capturing motion is a beautiful way to convey a story in a photograph, sometimes even more so than a photo of the same subject in a stationary pose. Some situations lend themselves to “action” photography; sports, dance, the wind gusting through trees on a stormy evening, but anything that can move is a candidate for these types of shots. Some people even capture the movement of our planet by photographing star trails!

Freezing movement in a photograph generally requires a fast shutter speed (a high number on your camera) and plenty of light, but virtually any conditions can yield interesting movement photographs. This tutorial has a very nice overview of the different strategies for photographing moving subjects, and may be a great source of inspiration.

I am always trying to capture the ducks in motion at Cornwall Park. Not very successful as the dud blurry photos show in my archives.

By watching the ducks I have noticed that they splash around a lot by going up and under the water.

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I found that zooming didn’t work.  So I was more successful with a wider angle approach and then crop post processing.






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