Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Ships at Auckland


Good morning from a cold Hastings day.  Yesterday my son came up from Wellington by bus and it snowed for him.  He didn’t expect it.  It was veeerrryyyy coooollllldddd.  I saw that Te Mata Peak in Havelock North, just a few kilometers to the east of where I live, had a few flurries of snow.  I could see the clouds were getting blacker and heavier.  I had to go and pick up my son and wanted to take some photos but was driving.  By the time I got home the clouds had changed again. It was just way to cold to even go out and take photos.  The wind chill factor was bone chilling.

So onto Cee’s Black & White Challenge over at Cee’s Photography which is large objects. So I found these photos when I was going through my archives yesterday.


The first photo is of a New Zealand navy frigate at Devonport Navy Base.  The second is looking over towards Auckland’s iconic skyline.  I was told yesterday that it looks different again to this photo taken in 2007.

And here is a photo of the largest object ever. The moon.

The Moon Monday Morning 6 th July 2015-016

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects


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WPC: Reward

Moon 26 February 2015

Good morning from a cool and foggy Hastings morning.

This week our prompt from The Daily Post is reward.  I have always admired those who could take good photos of the moon.  My other cameras just didn’t do the trick.  I don’t own a tripod so all my attempts were blurry or the moon was just a speck on the photo.  So it was a lovely reward this week to find that my new camera zoomed right up close and the moon is a decent size.  And the details are so clear despite the fact it was  hand held.  I did lean up against the side of the house to steady me.  There are a few duds but the rewards are great when I actually did get it right. And for once no editing.


Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward





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Cee’s Fun Fotos: My favourite things, Verse 2

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels, Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, These are a few of my favorite things.

Moon 20.07.2013 (497x640)

Good morning from a cooler Hastings morning.  Everything is still a bit damp this morning as we had a massive thunderstorm yesterday afternoon.  We even had a bit of flash flooding down the street and parts of Napier and Hastings had hail as well.  It is nice to see the rain, just not so much at once.

Anyway onto Cee’s challenge. This time a really fun series.  I just loved this movie and knew all the words to just about all the songs from it.   Us kids must have driven my parents mad by singing them all on long trips to visit my grandmother.  (That was before I lost some of my hearing).

Anyway last week I stopped off at Anderson Park for some different bird life and found these geese. The moon was taken some time ago.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My Favorite Things, Verse Two


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One Word Photo Challenge: Periwinkle


This is a new challenge for me.  I have been seeing some amazing photos for this challenge so here is my entry this week.

The word is periwinkle. A blue hue.  I know this is really a sky blue but this is all I could find.



I am fascinated by the moon and trying to get good photos – especially as I don’t have a tripod.


Here is Jennifer’s blog to check out this challenge.  I just love her image for this week – one word – stunning.

One Word Photo Challenge: Periwinkle



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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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A rosy day



Good morning from a grey, foggy morning.

Well yesterday was an interesting day.  My family got the chance to meet the All Black legend Jonah Lomu and his wife and listen to them both talk.  An amazing experience.



He is a sick man but is dedicated to his wife and two sons.  We were privileged to be able to shake hands with him and talk with him afterwards.  No photos of me with him, I was behind the lens of course.

While walking on the way home (we only live a few minutes walk away) I sent my family ahead as I spotted some gorgeous roses.  My camera was in my hand anyway, as it always is when I have it on me.  I just couldn’t help myself.  I am always looking around me anyway, whether I have my camera on me or not.  My children just left me to it.

So here are some gorgeous roses I came across.











Then, last night during the rugby test my daughter happened to be walking past a window and noticed the bright moon and remarked on it, saying that it would be impossible to take photos of.  Well challenge accepted.



I grabbed my camera and raced outside.  The first photos were shaky so I found a spot to rest my arms on and took these two photos.  I haven’t edited them at all.  She liked the affect of the clouds just covering the moon for a spooky affect.

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