One Word Photo Challenge: Summer in New Zealand

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Good morning from a cold spring day here in Hastings.  Apparently we are to expect snow in the middle of the North Island.  Just as we are heading into summer – weird weather this year.

Here in New Zealand our summers are about the beaches.  As we are technically islands we are surrounded by the ocean so that water sports are very popular.  And, because our Christmas comes in the middle of the summer many celebrate by going to the beach.  So that the children can try out their new presents.  Actually we are a very laid back culture.  BBQs on the beach is more our style.

These photos were taken in 2006 in Tauranga.  Boating and sailing is also a big part of our culture too.

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This is the last of the different weather prompts for Jennifer’s challenge over at

One Word Photo Challenge: Summer

One Word Photo Challenge: Summer

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Memories

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Good morning from a calmer Hastings.  Yesterday we had the last heavy showers and some wind but it has now died down.  This morning when I drove my son to his bible class we saw the full moon just breaking out from under the clouds.  It was quite a surreal experience.  It was so bright.  I know we got off rather lightly compared to some parts of the country.  Auckland and the Coromandel got pounded and my prayers are with you.

So it was rather nice to go back over my summer photos for this challenge by Nancy.  These photos were taken in February at the Art Deco Weekend at Napier.  Taken with my IPhone 5S and edited with Photoscape with watercolour pencils.  I wanted a nostalgic feel to them, along with the Art Deco colours.  Not quite like my Mac apps.

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Thank you for visiting and here are some blogs to check out for this challenge:

http://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/a-photo-a-week-challenge-summer-memories/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/a-photo-a-week-challenge-summer-memories/

Thanks for visiting.

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