Seven in Black and White

A different kind of photography assignment this time.

No people.  Just objects or views or animals.

I randomly picked seven that seemed intriguing.

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1) There was some car trouble en route with one of the cars, so we had to stop along the roadside to check things out.  While the mechanically inclined looked under the hood, I did some looking around and was immediately drawn to this line of a tall “wall” of trees in the Wairau Valley, South Island, New Zealand.

 

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2) I was enthralled with watching all the water fowl, hanging out at a huge pond, nearby an historic N.Z. building….geese and ducklings….and even a rooster, too!  It had rained for a while, and this goose was taking sips of water as she walked alongside this curb.

 

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3) There was a flock of seagulls around the picnic area at the Pancake Rocks in the South Island, New Zealand.  I followed a couple of them around with my camera in hand, always hoping for good close-ups and also in-mid-flight moments.

 

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4) One from the archives of my current drumkit.

 

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5) We’ve had some snow already in November, but it has melted away again each time.  On Dec. 1st, I happened to see this lake with a thin layer of ice as far as I could see – large chunks of this thin ice lying on the water’s surface – with ice shards accumulated at the shore.

 

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6) Also from the archives….from last winter.  I had gone out one night to capture images of icicles in the front yard, illuminated by the house light.

 

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7) My latest hand drum, an African djembe, newly strung with goatskin on top, and I especially like the carvings in the drum’s body.

 

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“Circles”

This time the photography assignment theme is “Circles.”  Having just returned home from my trip to New Zealand, I decided to still squeeze in four submissions before the deadline last night.

The first photo for this assignment will be familiar to those of you who saw my post – here from November 13, 2017, entitled “The Unfolding Circle.”

 

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Circles #1 – (just over a week ago).
The circular, nautilus-resembling unfurling branches of a large or giant fern (as grows abundantly in New Zealand) – the size of it when it is still tightly curled up, such as this one, is approximately the size of your fist. SO COOL!!

 

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Circles #2 – Nov. 21, 2017 – The back sides of five pieces of New Zealand currency. My online research from the following link gave me additional information regarding the pressed images:

Left to right, top to bottom:

$2 coin – The kotuku (white heron), flying right. The kotuku is one of New Zealand’s rarest birds and is held in particularly high regard in Maori mythology.

$1 coin – The kiwi bird

10 cent coin – A Maori carved head or koruru under the figure “10” with Maori rafter patterns.

20 cent coin – Representation of a well-known Maori “pukaki” carving.

50 cent coin – The barque Endeavour, commanded by Captain Cook, sailing south, with Mt. Taranaki (Egmont) in the distance under the figure “50”.

 

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Circles #3 – Late last night – taken facing straight down onto the game board of Settlers of Catan – a HUGE family favourite game of ours! – showing circular numbered tokens in the various fields as well as the top of the grey figurine (standing in the forest here) known as “the robber.”

 

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Circles #4 – Late last night – The shape of a much-loved, colourful hacky sack – tightly crocheted (I think) – as well as the bright yellow in the middle of the pattern.

 

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A Duckling’s Curiosity

Baby duckling near the Stone House, Nov. 15, 2017

 

With Mama Duck near,

Duckling is curious and

Comes to check me out.

 

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Such a cutie!!

This little duckling….foraging for food and sipping water in the puddles, along with its sibling and mama duck.

At one point it saw me with my camera and decided to come on over to say hi.

MADE MY DAY!! Hahaha! Wish I’d had something to feed it.

Ah well. I said hi.

There were some other water fowl in this nature reserve, which is a park area with a good-sized pond and being part of the grounds of an old historic building – called The Stone House – in this part of New Zealand.

 

 

 

The Weka – one of New Zealand’s flightless bird species

Weka at Tauranga Bay seal colony area, Nov. 11, 2017

 

Curious weka!

Busily foraging and

Unperturbed by me.

 

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The weka!

This pretty, brown mottled and modest bird.

Roaming freely….in this area of native flora and man-made walkways that leads visitors to the look-out points to observe the seals of this seal colony at Tauranga Bay.

I was looking at the information plaque regarding the penguins and other animals living in this ecosystem, when I suddenly realized that there was this friendly feathered friend walking about. Before it disappeared again into some brush. Saw it again later on the walk back to the car. It seems quite comfortable having people coming through.

My first time seeing one…..especially in its natural habitat! COOL!!  🙂

 

 

A Study in Lines and Colours

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While waiting for our luggage to arrive on the conveyor belts of the baggage claim area following our domestic flight back to Auckland, since it was still early in the morning, all these carts stood there in silent readiness for the day’s “work.”

I was enthralled with the effect of the lines and colours all these neatly arranged carts created.

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A slightly different effect from a slightly different perspective….

 

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From above and slightly off the side (above)….

 

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…to straight on and down the middle of the bars (below).

 

 

Six Word Story #17

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Boldly colourful painting welcomes store visitors.

 

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Outside of a quick, casual glance at the ground as I hurried into the store yesterday – it was raining at the time! – I didn’t pay THAT close attention to the painting.

However, as I was leaving the store with my two purchases from The Granary, which sells bulk items and vitamins and various natural soaps among other things, I couldn’t help but then properly notice the pretty sidewalk painting at my feet.

Naturally, I had to go back inside.  I paid my compliments to Christa who was then working in the store.  She told me it was another employee, Jane, who had done that painting, as well as all the other like creatively drawn smaller signs dotted in and around the store.  I asked her to please pass along my compliments to her for such a beautiful and cheerful greeting!

 

 

 

“Landscapes”

This past week the photography assignment theme was “Landscapes.”

I picked four from within a time span of the past four months.

Most participants were submitting a great variety of cool landscape shots, some quite spectacular.

I was pleased with the ones I had picked – although they probably weren’t spectacular, haha! – and I was mostly inspired with the fun of sharing.  Which is why I started my set of four off with this one…..taking the theme but giving it an unusual twist in perspective…..

 

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Landscapes #1 – (Archived, May 2017) With a different perspective….from up high. Coming in for a landing in a propellered airplane…..landing wheels extended…..over Montreal. T’was a rainy day. 🙂

Added note:  I knew it didn’t have any spectacular sun views or sky views, since it was taken on a rainy day, but I thought it fit the theme and it was something a little different. At the very least, I thought people might like seeing that shot from an airplane view. ^_^

 

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Landscapes #2 – (Archived, June 2017) Splash of vibrant sunset colours behind silhouetted farm fields just a couple of kilometres from my home.

 

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Landscapes #3 – (Archived, May 2017) A winding road running along the shoreline of the Plansee in Bavaria.

 

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Landscapes #4 – (Archived, August 2017) A couple of the kids and I went out for a two-hour canoeing/kayaking excursion – two canoes and I was in the kayak….from Taylor Lake to Clayton Lake. Squeaking in to our destination just as it was getting dark. So peaceful on the water……with forested shoreline all around.

 

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This last photo was one of several that I took….some of which I included in a recent blog post, here.

A Happy Ending!

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Hello, Friends!

You may remember a couple of my posts in August about the monarch caterpillars that my mother was fostering.  I had stayed with my parents for a few days and eagerly took photos and observed right along with my parents on the gradual progress of each caterpillar.

In the meantime I had returned back to my home and so wasn’t present when each caterpillar transformed itself into a pupa, then chrysalis….and finally, coming forth from its temporary home as a newly fledged monarch butterfly.

However, my parents kept sending me updates and a couple of photos.  The above photo is one of theirs, and it shows the first of the three emerging from its chrysalis case, while the second one, on the left, is still inside.

My mother sent me this photo with the message, “It’s a girl!”  🙂

I’m pleased to let you know that each of the three in turn and in their own time successfully made their debut – safely until their wings were in fine form – then were moved into the backyard….and flitted away….as is their way, on their long migratory journey south.

And the other two butterflies ended up being a boy and another girl!  🙂

Note:  Here and also here are the earlier posts about the caterpillars that I mentioned above.

 

 

 

 

A different kind of Sundae!

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This is a Pineapple Upside-down Cake Sundae!!

And it tastes as delicious as its long name – hahaha!

It’s a layering of french vanilla ice cream on the bottom, then some food processor-crumbled, days-old pound cake, topped with a pineapple ‘n sugar ‘n cinnamon sauce, a swirl of whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry on top.  YUM!!

Learned this one in Tuesday’s cooking class, and I definitely wanted to try it! I end up making most of the dishes that we learn in class. The family enjoys them.  😀

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I haven’t posted anything about food in quite a while; I figured I was due.  ❤

 

 

Last night’s little visitors

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Lightly effortless,

Suspended in calm stillness,

Nocturnal visit.

 

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There were a few tiny cute visitors congregated outside the front door and along the window yesterday evening.

What a wonderful surprise greeting us!

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These three were gathered higher up at the entrance, while one frog remained independently alone near the bottom….also attached to the window glass.

 

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About 2 centimetres in length….and I enjoy marveling at their amazingly strong legs and their well-adapted tiny fingers and toes.

 

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Upside-down…..and

 

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…..right side up.