Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Art Deco lights

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Welcome to my entry for Cee’s challenge.

Thank you Cee for featuring my cola bottles from my post a couple of weeks ago.


These photos were taken yesterday while I wandered around town.

All the lights are in the Art Deco style in the CBD.  This first photo mirrors the road below it.

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And finally a Christmas photo.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lights

Plus I can enter this for Debbie and her Look Up, Look Down Challenge:

Liver Birds Overhead


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A Photo a Week, Look Up, Look Down: Flight

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.

This week Nancy’s prompt is Flight.

These photos were taken at the vintage car display at the Art Deco Weekend last February.  There is always an aerobatic display and the planes fly down close to the beach.  These were taken with the IPhone 5S and I had a little bit of fun with the editing with FX Foto Pro.


As I am looking up it can also enter Debbie’s challenge at

New Windows on the Block

And here are some amazing photos from Cee


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A Photo a Week: Stripes, Look Up, Look Down


This week Nancy has talked about stripes for her challenge.

As it is ANZAC Day I have a New Zealand theme for a couple of photos for both these challenges.

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For these photos of New Zealand Ferns I have used the leaves as stripes rather than the actual petals as in the first photo.



This plant I found underneath a huge, old tree at Frimley Park.  The striped leaves stood out to me.


Finally back to striped flowers with this geranium.


Kitesurfing Heaven

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A Photo a Week: Texture, Look Up, Look Down


This week the prompt from Nancy is texture.


Since we have had a lot of rain over the past 2 weeks the mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere.  I found this one at Cornwall Park.  What caught my eye was the texture on it.


As I was looking down for these photos I can also add this to Debbie’s Look Up, Look Down challenge.


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Look Up, Look Down. Week 34, Floral Friday


Good morning from a very wet and soggy Hastings.

It was an eventful day yesterday.  Again we had a break in the weather so I headed out for a walk.  I knew that I had forgotten to charge the battery on my camera but had a fully charged iPhone 5S.  But the rain came back sooner than I expected as well as the battery didn’t last as long as I expected.  In any case the lens on the phone is a lot smaller and was actually better than the bigger camera in the rain.  I was really impressed with this photo looking up at this cannas flower covered in droplets.  I got home rather bedraggled and wet.  All in the name of photography.

Then in the afternoon we had a major power cut lasting well over 2 hours.  It affected the whole of the Hawke’s Bay province.  We had a bad thunderstorm and 2 lightening bolts hit a substation cutting out our power.  It is interesting to see how people coped with no power.  It is something that is so entrenched in our lives that we don’t think about it until we lose it.  Shops were closed as the tills and EFTPOS was down and there was panic buying in a supermarket for nappies (diapers), potato chips and water – of all things – along with candles.  It was still warm, and it was in daylight so I wasn’t worried.  All we did was get out our candles and matches.  My children were lost without the Internet.  Even that was down even on the cellular networks.  Now Hubby is watching Doomsday Preppers to be more prepared.  Me? I just take things as they come.

Anyway here is my entry for two challenges – one from Debbie at Travel with Intent – this photo is looking up through the cannas.  While I can also put this towards the Floral Friday challenge.

Here is Debbie’s post to check up on this challenge.

Chilly Day in Scheveningen

And Cee’s wonderful tulips.

Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 34

Plus Woolly Muses Floral Friday post.




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A Lingering Look at Windows: Week 9 – Art Deco – Look Up, Look Down



Good morning from a foggy Hastings.

Where is the time going.  We are up to week 9 for Dawn’s challenge  for The Day After. As some of the photos are looking up at windows they can also go for Debbie’s challenge at Travel with Intent – Look Up, Look Down Week 28,

Continuing with my Art Deco theme this week I am focusing on the windows in the Art Deco centre of Napier.  They are so decorative and colourful.  I edited these with the Pacific Filter in the FX Photostudio Pro as I wanted to get a vintage  feel to them, appropriate to the Art Deco era. But also they remind me of the colours of Miami when I visited there 20 years ago.

There are quite a few.  It was a matter of where to start and when to stop.  It is a photographers paradise.













Thanks for visiting and you can find out more about this challenge at Dawn’s blog here


and see Debbie’s awesome post here

The Sound of Music

Here is Debbie’s post for her challenge

Mushrooming Toadstools!

And Irene’s awesome post

Look Up, Look Down Challenge: Bucketts Scenic Walk (Wk 28)

Thanks for visiting and putting up with all my Art Deco this week.

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Look Up, Look Down Challenge: Week 24


Good morning from a cloudy Hastings.

For this weeks challenge I am just looking up.  This is the bandstand right in the centre of the CBD of Hastings.  My daughter and I went hunting for photos one night and I found this.  Actually it has obviously been there for some time but this was the first time I had really had a good look at it.



I like the way the silhouettes of the design really showed up.  This has a native american feel to it but it also has the Maori koru as well. Below shows the distinctive koru – the arrow shape up the top.






As you can see I had fun with the editing.

To find out more about this challenge check out Debbie’s post at:

Water Tank in Ixelles

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Look up, Look down Challenge: Week 23 – Red


Good morning from a beautiful sunny Hastings with no wind.  Bliss.  For now.

It is now Friday for us, but still Thursday in most parts of the world and it is that time of the week for Travel with Intent‘s challenge.

My theme today is red.  There are these red roses that peeped over the top of a fence.


And this is an amaryllis that I found enjoying the sun.

Thanks for visiting.

Here are a couple of great blogs to check out too.



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Look Up, Look Down: Water


Good morning from a sunny Hastings.

I loved the post by Cee’s Photography for this weeks challenge – week 21.  So today I have a water theme.  The above photo is a water feature in Hastings.  It is supposed to resemble the tale of a whale.  In the water feature itself are grape leaves and vines to represent the wine growing region of Hawke’s Bay.


Looking down in a puddle I could see the reflections of the sun and clouds.

Here is the awesome photos by Cee:

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/10/look-up-look-down-challenge-week-21/Thanks for visiting. 

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Look Up, Look Down: Week 20: Glass


Good morning from a grey muggy Hastings.  I don’t want to complain about our weather when I saw on the news last night of the storm Hercules hitting America, the temperatures hitting over 34 in Brisbane, Australia and the storms battering England.  I hope everyone is okay and safe.

Sooo yet another challenge.  OK. I do a lot of challenges but I do take a lot of photos.  Though not as many as before.  That is thanks to the challenges.  Question: Why do you take photos?  Another question: What do you do with them? Last question: What do you want to do with them?  So to answer my own questions.

1.I love the idea of capturing a moment in time.  When I am out anywhere I am so aware of my surroundings and subconsciously framing pictures even when I don’t have my camera.  Embarrassing for my children and husband when I do have the camera with me.

2. Until I had this blog they just clogged up my computer.

3. I did think about joining a physical camera club but didn’t like the idea of my photos being minutely scrutinised.  Also here in Hawke’s Bay they are purists and do not appreciate photo editing which I love.  It is the creative side that I really love and that is why I do these challenges.  They push my boundaries.

 I love looking at other artists’ works.  I do not care how they got to the final image ( apart from learning the techniques myself). Life is too short to worry about  all the small detail.  It is about enjoying and appreciating everyone else’s work for what it is – a work of art. That is the fun of the challenges.  Just to see other peoples works too and their interpretations.

I would love to hear your views on what you do with your photos.

Anyway this challenge is the Look Up, Look Down Challenge.  You can join in the challenge here,  This challenge is appropriate to what I do when out on my walks.  Looking up or Looking down, just eyeing up interesting shots.

Looking up is an old fashioned street lamp outside a school nearby.

Looking down is a shard of glass that I found on the ground.


They have been edited with FX Photostudio Pro.

Here is another great interpretation – http://sonelcorner.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/look-up-look-down-challenge-week-20/

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