WPC: Ornate Abracadabra Roses

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Good morning from a sunny spring day here in Hastings.

This week  of the Daily Post has asked us for our ornate photos:

In your photo this week, share something unabashedly ornate — where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out. Whether it’s a breathtaking triumph or a total train wreck, I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

What better than to show off these ornate but unusual roses.  Yesterday I took my Social Snappers group to Frimley Park, and the rose garden.  As I was wandering around I came across these very unusual roses called abracadabra.

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Each one was a work of art in itself.

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I have never seen them before.

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Each one so ornate in design.

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I was in heaven yesterday and took over 1000 photos.



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A Photo a Week: Pretty in Pink

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Good morning from a beautiful spring morning in Hastings.

Well New Zealand is still celebrating today after winning the Rugby World Cup yesterday morning.  Life is good for this rugby mad country.  But, to be honest I am relieved it is all over.  This last week has been rather tense.  It got to the stage that I refused to watch the news, or read online newspapers.  Everything was about a parrots predictions, about hoodoos, jinxes and bad luck etc to wind everyone up even further. It is only a game.

Last week Nancy with her A Photo a Week Challenge has asked us for our pretty in pink photos.  Well, where do I start.  I have lots of pink flowers starting with these snapdragons.  I know the colour is more of a cerise than a real pink.  Actually now that I have been painting I am becoming more aware of colour tones.  I have done some portraits (which I will post later on) and thought I have got the perfect shade for the shadows.  Yet when it got a bit darker in the late afternoon that colour turned to a nasty shade of green.  So next day I couldn’t wait to paint over it.

But these roses are a beautiful pink shade.

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One day I headed out for a walk even though it was drizzling.  But a great day for some macro photography which I showed last Saturday.  Anyway there is a fence that is just covered in these gorgeous roses.  The smell is divine.  It was so hard to stop taking more photos.

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Such a delicate pink colour. And I think everyone can tell that roses are my favourite flowers.



A Photo a Week Challenge: Pretty In Pink

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WPC: Treating Myself

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Good morning from a cool but sunny spring day here in Hastings.

Today is Halloween.  Here in New Zealand it is not generally celebrated. We always considered it something that was uniquely American.  Something that we saw in the movies.

Today I am holding an afternoon tea as a small housewarming party and because it was Halloween I have asked for everyone to bring some spooky inspired food.  That should be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.  Me, I brought an orange cake.  Actually I went out yesterday to find something to decorate the table – not much to be honest. A few costumes and plastic pumpkins which were so overpriced.  Nothing like you see in America – I am thinking of the sitcom Home Improvement.

 from The Daily Post has asked us for our special treats:-

This week’s photo challenge theme is “Treat,” an intentionally open-ended prompt. For many, candies aren’t a favorite indulgence. Maybe you’re a savory food lover, or you’ve gone on a beautiful vacation to treat yourself. Perhaps some quiet time alone with a beloved novel is your greatest pleasure. This week, share with us a photo of something that you consider a marvelous treat.

Anyway due to a good tax return I was able to treat myself to a Nikon 3300 with two lenses.  I have really noticed a difference in the quality of my photos.  And it is a treat for me to come home and find some interesting photos after uploading.  So here are a couple I have taken in the last week.

I also treated myself to the Nik Collection as well – which I am showing in my latest series on my Monochrome of the Day images.  I especially love the vintage affect.



I chose the fern to support the All Blacks who are taking on Australia (the Wallabies) tomorrow morning in the Rugby World Cup.  That is all New Zealand is interested in at the moment.  So I shall be avoiding it tomorrow.  To be honest I will be glad when it is all over.  My predictions? – the best team on the day will win.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Maroon or Burgundy

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Good morning from a sunny Hastings day.

I know everyone is expecting me to show some maroon or burgundy flowers for Cee’s fun challenge over at Cee’s Photography but I do take photos of other objects.  Such as this jar of preserved plums at my parents place.  My mother would pick her damson plums and put them in jars with sugar and vodka and make what she calls her plonk.  That was her Christmas present to everyone each year.  Now she can’t remember what to do with the jars anymore so they are just sitting on a table.  I was fascinated with the colour and reflections of the jar.  No I haven’t edited this as a monochrome with a splash of colour – it is the way the photo turned out.

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But of course I do have some florals.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Burgundy or Maroon

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Burgundy or Maroon


No Escape


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Peach or Apricot Beauties


This week Cee from  Cee’s Photography has asked us for our peachy or apricot photos.  What else can I show but more florals.


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Red veined geraniums

I love this colour – it is so springlike.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Peach or Apricot Colors

Peachy Tones in the Botanic Gardens


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WPC Challenge: Getting Up Close and Personal

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Good morning from a cool but sunny day.  The sun is just coming up and it should be a good day.  I am heading over to Napier again today with a couple of lovely ladies from my social snappers group.  So it should be fun.

Today’s challenge by  over at The Daily Post has asked us to get up close and personal with our photos.  Macros.  Which is great as yesterday we had a great time just wandering around the Women’s Centre taking photos.  It had been foggy which went very quickly.  Which disappointed me a little.  But that was okay because it left a very heavy dew and with the early morning light we had a fabulous time wandering around and just enjoying the opportunities.  We also found some early blossoms too.  So spring is showing some signs of arriving.  I am hanging out for some warmer weather.

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The light was just right and the colours of the flowers were so bright and vivid.

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So I took a lot of photos….

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But to my surprise

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I only took 314 photos….

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I have now a lot of photos of poppies.

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Showing both front and back views…

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Some fully open views….

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Some on the verge of dying…

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And finally some colourful leaves in the sun.

I know I have a lot of photos today but it was a case of which to chose.






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WPC Challenge: Half and Half

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Good morning from a freezing cold Hastings day.  I know this because I have already been out to shoot the sunrise which was amazing.  But I had a serious case of the shakes.   Even with a tripod.  So my next investment will be a remote release for my camera.

Anyway the prompt this week from Weekly Photo Challenge is half and half.  I do have a lot of photo of half and half photos.  Mostly when I don’t use a tripod and I move, or when the wind moves the subject.  But these were composed.

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And a couple of photos of our sunrise.

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WPC Challenge: The Symbolism of Roses

Red Rose: Love, Romance
Red Rose: Love, Romance

Good morning from a cool Hastings day.

This week  from The Daily Post has asked us for symbols.  So what else can I show, except my favourite flowers – Roses.  I just love their smell and the many varied colours.  I can’t grow them, but we do have a public rose garden for me to get my fix.

Pink Rose:Love, Gratitude, Appreciation
Pink Rose:Love, Gratitude, Appreciation

There are so many different websites with different meanings for the different colours.  These meanings come from:


White Rose: Marriage, Spirituality, New Starts
White Rose: Marriage, Spirituality, New Starts

Roses have been long used as symbols in a number of societies. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. “Rose” means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as the Romance languages and Greek).

Orange: Enthusiasm, Passion
Orange: Enthusiasm, Passion

The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses including Isis, whose rose appears in the late classical allegorical novel The Golden Ass as “the sweet Rose of reason and virtue” that saves the hero from his bewitched life in the form of a donkey.[1] The ancientGreeks and Romans identified the rose with the goddess of love, Aphrodite (Greek name) and Venus (Roman name).

In Rome a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where secret or confidential matters were discussed. The phrase sub rosa, or “under the rose”, means to keep a secret — derived from this ancient Roman practice.

Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Good Health
Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Good Health

Islam and Sufism

The cultivation of geometrical gardens, in which the rose has often held pride of place, has a long history in Iran and surrounding lands.[2][3] In the lyric ghazal, it is the beauty of the rose that provokes the longing song of the nightingale[4] – an image prominent, for example, in the poems of Hafez.[5]

In turn, the imagery of lover and beloved became a type of the Sufi mystic’s quest for divine love, so that Ibn Arabi, for example, aligns the rose with the beloved’s blushing cheek on the one hand and, on the other, with the divine names and attributes.[6]

Other well-known examples of rose symbolism in Sufism include;

The rose is the emblem of Islamabad Capital Territory in Pakistan

In Christianity

Medieval Christians identified the five petals of the rose with the five wounds of Christ. Roses also later came to be associated with the Virgin Mary. The red rose was eventually adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christianmartyrs. A bouquet of red roses, often used to show love, is used as a Valentine’s Day gift in many countries. On St George’s Day in Catalonia people offer dark red roses as gifts, especially between lovers. The Virolai, a hymnto the Virgin of Montserrat, one of the black Madonnas of Europe, begins with the words: “Rosa d’abril, Morena de la serra…” (April rose, dusky lady of the mountain chain…). Therefore this virgin is sometimes known as “Rosa d’abril”. The red rose is thus widely accepted as an unofficial symbol of Catalonia.[7]

Roses are occasionally the basis of design for rose windows comprising five or ten segments (the five petals and five sepals of a rose) or multiples thereof, though most Gothic rose windows are much more elaborate.

The Rose of England

The rose is the national flower of England.[8] The usage dates from the reign of Henry VII who introduced the Tudor rose, combining a red rose, representing the House of Lancaster, and a white rose, representing the House of York, as a symbol of unity after the English civil wars of the 15th century which, long after, came to be called the Wars of the Roses. The rose thus appears in the histories of William Shakespeare and in the Child Ballads. It has been the symbol of England Rugby, and of the Rugby Football Union, since 1871.[8]

In North America

Rose-picking in the Rose Valleynear the town of Kazanlak in Bulgaria, 1870s; engraving by Austro-Hungariantraveller Felix Philipp Kanitz

In 1986 it was named the floral emblem of the United States,[9] and it is the provincial flower of Alberta (the wild rose) in Canada. It is the state flower of four US states: Iowa and North Dakota (R. arkansana), Georgia (R. laevigata), and New York[10] (Rosa generally). Portland, Oregon counts “City of Roses” among its nicknames, and holds an annual Rose Festival, as does Pasadena, California, holding the Tournament of Roses Parade since 1890 in conjunction with the Rose Bowl since 1902. In April 2011, the United States government space program agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration celebrated the Hubble Space Telescope‘s 21st anniversary by releasing an image of spiral galaxies positioned in a rose-like shape.[11]


A red rose (often held in a hand) is a symbol of socialism or, more notably, social democracy: it is used as a symbol by German, British, Irish, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Brazilian,Dutch, Bulgarian, Korean, and other European labour, socialist or social democratic parties, mostly adopted in the period after World War II.[12]

In the world today

The rose is used as a symbol of love and compassion in many countries (e.g. USA, England, Spain, France, Italy). The meaning ascribed to the rose depends on context; general examples include the romantic love of roses given on Valentine’s Day, as part of courtship or for an anniversary; filial love in the case of mother’s day; compassion in the case of a funeral.

Ok, I cheated and went to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_(symbolism).  But roses do have such a fascinating history, I couldn’t resist.








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