Weekly Pet Share: A Friendly Sparrow

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.

We are slowly heading into spring.  Officially it is spring next Tuesday. This means that our bird life is getting very active.  And very vocal.  I love waking up to the sound of the bird song and then, in the evenings they are very loud again. I have noticed a lot of birds flying around with bits of grass and sticks in their beaks.

But why is it, that whenever I grab my camera they all fly off?

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Week 40 – Feathered friends at the park

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Good morning from a very wet and battered Hastings.  We had some heavy rain last night with winds but nothing compared to Auckland. I have just watched the news and it was very bad there overnight, with power lines knocked down and trucks knocked over. I am thinking of you guys up there.

Today I thought I would show some of my feathered friends at Cornwall Park.

First up is our native fantail.  I am getting very frustrated with my camera which doesn’t want to focus,  especially on maximum zoom.  This was the best photo of them all with heavy cropping.

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There are plenty of sparrows.

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And blackbirds.

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And of course ducks.

Check out his challenge at Michelle’s blog:

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/michelles-weekly-pet-challenge-round-up-and-start-of-new-week-40/

And a couple of other great posts:

http://blogagaini.com/2014/06/10/michelles-pet-challenge-wk-40/

http://steve-says.net/2014/06/10/leave-daddys-wine-alone/

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Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge:Shadows/Reflections

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Good evening from a warm Hastings Evening. I hope everyone up north are keeping warm and safe with your storms.  Brave men playing football in minus temperatures.

Anyway  these are my original images.  I have lots of photos of reflections so the other day on my walk I decided to take some more photos of shadows.

First stop was GIMP to add some texture and details with the canvas and cartoon filters.

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Then it was over to FX Photostudio Pro to add some vignettes  and vintage filters.

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Here are  a couple of other great entries too browse through.

http://sonelscornerphotochallenge.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/photo-editing-challenge-shadows-and-or-reflections/

Photo Editing Challenge: Shadows and/or Reflections

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Close to Home

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings.  Hopefully the stormy weather is over and warmer weather comes back.

Yesterday was a strange day with showers on and off all day.  It was odd hanging out my washing with drops of rain falling.  I got it dry though.  So I didn’t get to go for a walk but I got out around the garden for a few photos.  This one is my favourite.

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Just as I turned around I noticed this sparrow on the clothes line so only just managed to get this photo before it flew off.

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I love the way the trellis frames these flowers – daisy or margaritas – someone please tell me if I am wrong.

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These are just about past their best now but I loved the way they were so close together.

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The grapes are starting to grow.  I have taken lots of photos just of the leaves as there is so much texture in them.

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These astroemerias are just lovely.  I had to google for the spelling of these.  I thought at the beginning that these were lilies but now know that they are not.  No I am not going to spell it again.  They are really coming into their own.

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This is what I did last night with these flowers for my Words of Inspiration blog.  These flowers represent friendship, commitment and care for one another so I chose a quote from Socrates which I felt went with the meaning.  The font is Herculanum – an ancient latin font perfect for Socrates.

So you don’t have to go far for some good photos.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn