Travel Theme : Arches

Sky arch (640x476)

Good morning from a warmer, sunnier Hastings.  I have already been out to take photos of my irises.  I just can’t get enough of them at the moment.  They looked beautiful in the early morning light.

This week Ailsa has asked us for arches.  I have only got one in bricks and mortar:

Arch 1 (497x640)

Which is part of the fence around my parents patio.

So I went with arches from the smoke trails of the planes doing the flyover at the Art Deco weekend in Napier this year.

sky arch  (640x476)

and of course nature’s rainbow arch.

Rainbow arch (640x476)

You can find out more about this challenge here:

Travel theme: Arches

Travel Theme: Arches

Thanks for visiting.



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

Flight 4

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

Thanks for visiting.

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Sonel’s Photo Editing Challenge: Song Titles


Leaving on a jet plane by John Denver.

Good morning from another hot sunny Hastings day.  I hope everyone is keeping warm and dry up north.  Hopefully the weather will remember soon that spring should be coming and start to dry out and warm up.

This week’s challenge by Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge is song titles.  I did look up some songs from the 1930’s to go with my Art Deco theme this week but couldn’t really find any titles that suited my photos.  So I have to make do with some more information about Napier instead.

Yesterday I had to go to the airport with my parents as my father was flying down to Wellington for some medical treatment.  While I was there I thought of this song title.  Especially when I saw this small twin engine plane being towed by a small tractor.  Note there is a man sitting on the steps.

Anyway this land that the airport sits on was actually part of the sea up until the 1931 earthquake.  The earthquake then lifted all this up and created this estuary which we passed on the way. (I was dying to take photos but we were driving too fast).   It is now completely solid ground where this airport is situated.

Enough of the information, here are some other photos I took yesterday to go with the song title.






The last photo shows Bertie.  He is the face of Art Deco and he drives around in his vintage car and is always interviewed when it comes up on TV. A nice way to greet visitors to the Bay during this Art Deco festival.

For the editing I went to GIMP for the cartoon filter and then to FX Photostudio Pro for vignettes and vintage filters to fit my retro theme this week.

Thanks for visiting and here are some other great posts for this challenge.


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