Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathered Friends at Pakowhai Park

Social Snappers, Pakowhai Park 228@0,1x

Good morning from a chilly, foggy Hastings day.  The first day of spring.  And the weather should be good.  Warming up for us.

Some more photos for Cee’s challenge – feathered friends at Pakowhai Park.  First up is this majestic black shag enjoying the sun.

Pakowhai Park and Stable Hearts 221@0,1x

I am so proud of this photo.  For once my reflexes were quick enough to catch this grey heron with a small fish in it’s beak.

Social Snappers Pakowhai Park 601@0,1x

Finally our native sacred kingfisher.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:Feathers



Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: Some River Fun

River Fun-

Good morning from a very frosty but sunny day here in Hastings.

I am a lot later than normal.  Today is Queen’s Birthday for us.  Actually Queen Elizabeth celebrates her real birthday in April but we have a day off for it on the first Monday in June. You can find out a bit more about this day off here.

Anyway here is an image that would have been very popular before the PC brigade marched in. I didn’t notice this rope until I got home and uploaded my images from Pakowhai Park last week.  A beautiful serene setting and then this rope.  I wonder how long it has been hanging there, and then who put it there, and did the children or adult have a lot of fun?

Great oddball for Cee’s great challenge where we showcase all those great photos that don’t fit into any category.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Week 23


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Travel Theme: Frame


Good morning from a cloudy spring day.

Well, New Zealand’s All Blacks have won the Rugby World Cup.  So we, as a nation can relax for another 4 years.  To be honest, if we had lost, we would have had a week of national morning and the postmortems would have gone on forever.  I imagine that will be happening over in Australia right now.

I  got woken up by some rather loud cheering from my neighbours, and then some booing.  There was absolutely no travel on the road.  No-one was out walking.  In other words dead silence.  I turned on the radio hoping that I wouldn’t have to listen to it.  The radio obliged, for a short time.  Normally early on Sunday mornings there is just music, very little ads and no announcers.  Not today.  There were interruptions giving updates on the game.  So, what do you do.  Start following it.  The news bulletin was all about the result.  Apparently no other news today.  The celebrations will go on for some time.

Anyway Ailsa from  Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: Frame has shown some great photos where she has taken advantage of natural framing. So I had a dig around my archives and found these.


These two images were taken at Cornwall Park.  I love these hobbit bridges and have been trying to take some successful photos using the round shape as framing.  The light was perfect this day.


This was taken at Parkowhai Park.  The path was like a tunnel leading to a magical land beyond.


These blossoms were framed by the tree trunk.


Finally I love the way the branches frame this black bird.

Travel theme: Frame


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