Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 17

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Good morning from a cool frosty Hastings.

Another week has gone and it is time for Cee’s Oddball Challenge.  I have loved seeing other posts, for there completely off beat photos.  So here is my photo for this week.  In February I had to take my mother to the doctor.  She wouldn’t let me come in with her so I sat in a hot car in the sun feeling rather bored.  So what do you do? Get out the cellphone of course and start taking photos.

This one is of the needle in the speedometer.  But if you look closely you can see a reflection of the interior of the car.  I didn’t notice that until this morning when I enlarged the photo.  It is odd what turns up in your photos when you look at them again.


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 17


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The Daily Post: Between

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Good morning from another cold and frosty Hastings.

This morning the prompt from The Daily Post is between.

Between. Capture something in the middle of two things. It can be a person or object, or simply the space in between. It can also be a feeling or relationship — a bond that connects people, or a space that separates. This word might also reflect a choice you need to make — the challenge of choosing one thing over another — or any kind of transition, from childhood to adulthood, single life to married life, day to night.

I had to think hard about this one.  At the moment I am between lives – a married life and a single life.  I can’t move on really  until my settlement is sorted out and I am really divorced.  Plus you can’t get divorced for 2 years in New Zealand.  I can’t get the song by Helen Readdy out of my head – “I can do anything, I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman”.

 I couldn’t find any photos to really represent that.  But I did find these ones.

When I am out walking I am fascinated by the way the strong light here in New Zealand shines between branches and leaves and highlights some leaves, but not others.  With the autumn colours it is amazing.

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I guess these photos show that even when it seems bleak some light will always manage to squeeze between the dark times to give us hope.




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Weekly Photo Challenge : In Between in Cape May, N.J.

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Cee’s Oddball Challenge Week 15 – Where’s Wally

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Good morning from a grey Hastings morning.

My photo for Cee’s great challenge this week is this puzzle.   My mother loved the Where’s Wally book and after she first saw it in London when I was a nanny she got her own book for her grandchildren.  I discovered this puzzle while I was staying with her last month.  It is deceptively hard.  Frustrating actually.  I lost count of the number of times I got 8 out of the 9 pieces together and found that the last one didn’t fit.  When I finally did I just had to take a photo of it to prove that I could actually do it.  My mother was rather bemused.





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The Daily Post: Monuments


Good morning from a sunny morning.  The first time I have seen the sun for a week.  Guess what I will be doing today – going out and soaking it up.

Anyway the prompt from The Daily Post is monuments.  I have seen some amazing monuments – both man made and natural.  I couldn’t think of what to do and then I remembered these cell phone images of the clock tower here in Hastings take on the 3rd of February this year, the anniversary of the earthquake.


The Clock Tower in Hastings Central Mall was completed in 1935 to restore a working clock chime to Hastings’ city centre, and to enhance the beauty of an important area of the town. Designed by young local architect Sydney Chaplin, who won a national design competition in 1934, it was built at a cost of £1226. The Tower has two plaques containing the names of the 93 Hastings residents who died as a result of the Hawke’s Bay earthquake of 1931.

The Clock Tower is considered to be one of Hastings’ finest public landmarks and is a structure the city has taken pride in since its construction. As a symbol of Hastings’ remarkable rejuvenation after the Hawke’s Bay earthquake, and as a form of memorial to those who died in that event, it has importance to the local community.
The Tower is an excellent example of design from the mid-1930s. It is Art Deco in style, and modern in its simplicity and clarity of form. It is an appropriate landmark in Hastings, reflecting the architecture of the 1930s that predominates in the surrounding parts of the city’s central business district, while retaining a distinction and individuality of its own. The clock, with its four faces, gives the structure a civic usefulness, and the chiming bells add a melodious aspect to its familiarity in the city. It is in good condition, and remarkably unaltered over its 70-year lifespan.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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Pheneography & Non-SLR Photo Devices Photo Challenge: Photo Editing

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Good morning from Hastings.

Sally from Lens and Pens by Sally has changed the title from her challenge to include all non camera devices.  Just lately I have discovered the programme Murdoch Mysteries – the joys of a broken arm – nothing much else I could do.  Why do I say this?  I love the way that they show all the ‘latest’ camera devices – including the first kodak camera. The turn of the century was exciting in the new developments from glass plates to celluloid.  It also meant changing the way cameras were used – in particular police forensics.  It was also a rich mans hobby too.  Just think of all those intrepid pioneers travelling around the world documenting life as it really was.

Fast forward a century and we see how cell phones have become the new kodak of our times.  It means that anyone can document their lives but post the images on line for everyone to see, not just in books.  It means for me anyway that I don’t get caught out without a camera.  With the new technology these cameras are just as good as the bulkier SLR cameras.

This is the 5th Monday (we are now 6 hours into Tuesday here in NZ – it is still Monday in most of the world so I will do this anyway) of March.  So this week is photo editing using apps.  I love this challenge as it means I get to show my creative side.

These photos were taken a while ago.  I was crocheting some baby booties and noticed the textures using the macro feature of my IPhone 5S.  They were editing using Snapseed which enhanced the textures.  If I remember rightly I used the drama and grunge filters for these edits.  A nice distraction from crocheting.






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