WPC: Pure Moments in Nature

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Good morning from a warmer and sunny Hastings day.

This week  from The Daily Post has given us the prompt to showcase what pure means to us.

To start with I love sunrises and every Sunday I drive down to the market when the sun is coming up.  It is hard to concentrate on the driving when the scenery is pure magic.  Especially when it is freezing and misty.  Last week I wasn’t the only photographer on the road.

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I love finding new places around Hastings and this park has just been opened for the public – again the air was pure and still for this reflection.

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Another favourite spot of mine is Pekapeka Wetlands. I am on my own when I go so it is pure magic again to find these wonderful reflections of our wonderful countryside.

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Finding the pure rose is a bonus in winter.

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And then ending the day with another pure moment when the sun goes down.

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The Daily Post: Pure

 

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WPC: An Inspiring Day

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Good morning from a very cold and frosty morning. The sun is up now so the internet connection has thawed out.

What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy? It could be the bench in a quiet section of the park where you go to center yourself. Maybe it’s a favorite piece of music or book passage that boosts your enthusiasm. Or, maybe it’s the face of the love of your life, a treasured memento, or the unconditional love you see in the eyes of your pet.

This morning  has asked us for photos of what inspires us.  There are so many things that inspire me so here is my day.

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When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is look at the sky.  I have been known to run out in my PJ’s with my camera to capture the morning skies.  Some have been totally awesome.

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I am always looking around me for new photo opportunities.  Cats are another favourite.  We have so many that come to visit me.

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Nature is always inspiring and ever changing.

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Bugs and butterflies are always inspiring.

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Especially as they are in decline.

Our feathered friends and their birdsong is beautiful and inspiring to the soul.

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At the end of the day sunsets can be so colourful and an awesome way to end the day.

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And then the moon comes up.

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There are so many things around me that inspires me to pick up my camera and take photos.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/inspiration/

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/inspiration/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/wpc-bringing-the-awe/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/weekly-photo-challenge-inspiration-overwhelmed/

INSPIRING VIEWS

https://tomwarrenphoto.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/heron-on-the-hudson/

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One Word Photo Challenge: Sunrise, Sunset

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This week Jennifer has asked us for our clouds for this series in her challenge.  So it was a great excuse for me to try out the panorama feature in Lightroom.  After a couple of hiccups and checking out the videos I have these two photos to show for it.  Actually I had a couple of panoramas in my Wordless Wednesday post.  I just had to do panoramas as the clouds were just too much to show in one single image.

For these I used the dusk/dawn filter on my camera to get the deep colours of the clouds.

One Word Photo Challenge: Cloudy

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/one-word-photo-challenge-cloudy/

One Word Photo Challenge: Cloudy

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A Photo a Week: Tilted

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This week Nancy  from nancy merrill photography has asked us for our tilted photos. I thought I would have had a few but no, only a couple. I must be a more traditional photographer than I thought.

The above photo was taken a while ago and because of where the praying mantis was on the chair it meant having to  use the camera on a tilted angle.  Just looking at the photo I must apologise for the glare – I still really can’t use Photoshop before the computer crashes.

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Then for this photo I was trying to get all the light in the photo of this sunset.

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/a-photo-a-week-challenge-tilted/

A Photo a Week Challenge: Tilted

Not my best photos this week, but that is all I had.

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Phoneography Challenge: Golden Sunset

 

Good morning from a grey Hastings morning.  Rain is forecast today which will be a relief.  Even here in New Zealand we are hearing about this mega snow storm that is heading to New York and Maine.  So I hope you are safe and warm if you live up there.

This week for Sally’s challenge:

https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-abstraction-at-the-pond/

I have two photos from late last year.  We had gone to get takeaways for our movie night and the sunset was amazing.  As usual the phone was out to capture it.  I even managed to get a double sunset as well.

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/phoneography-architecture-at-the-golden-hour/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-animals/

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Cheers

Happy New Year: Onwards and Upwards

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Good morning and a Happy New Year from Hastings, New Zealand.  Yes we are already into the New Year.

Usually I say what the weather is doing at the beginning of my posts so today I am showing photos of the sunset last night and then here is what greeted me this morning when I got up.

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So here is the first view of the New Year.

My motto is Onwards and Upwards for this year.  I wish to thank you for all your best wishes for this new year.   I really appreciate all your support the past year.  You don’t know how much that means to me. So I hope everyone has a good year too this year and it is onwards and upwards for you too.

I don’t think these are quite the right blues but this is also part of Jennifer’s challenge One Word Photo: Ultramarine

One Word Photo Challenge: Ultramarine

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Cheers