A Word A Week Challenge: Metallic.

I might be a bit late to the party with this one but as the old saying goes, ‘better late than…’ whatever. This is my contribution to Sue’s challenge over at A Word In Your Ear.

Each week she picks a word from the dictionary to challenge us and this week the word is ‘metallic’. So I dug up some photos of some beautiful metal sculptures that I stumbled upon in the Dunedin Botanical Gardens, New Zealand.

_MG_9337The sculptures were life size, incredibly detailed depictions of Peter Pan. They looked completely at home amongst the incredible flowers and manicured lawns of the Botanic Gardens. _MG_9339  Tinkerbell whispering endless secrets to Peter Pan. _MG_9342The Lost Boys were curled up amongst the roots of the tree stump Peter Pan stood upon.  _MG_9344The sculpture was decorated with all sorts of beautiful woodland creatures, such as this little guy. He was no bigger than a matchbox.  _MG_9377To one side of Peter was this gorgeous sculpture of Wendy, Michael and John Darling, flying off to Neverland. _MG_9341I thought this plaque was the perfect surreal touch to the entire masterpiece.

‘Dedicated to the children of today, tomorrow, & the future’

Harold Richmond must have been an incredible man.

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Daily Prompt: Vacation

Vacation.

This word is beginning to sound as foreign to me as Latin. I haven’t had a vacation, a proper one, for well over a year. For someone who used to travel overseas or across country at the drop of a hat, it is becoming slightly depressing.

But this is a time to work hard, I know, and so I vacation vicariously through my old photographs. And now The Daily Post has given me the perfect prompt to share some of them, so here are some of my past Vacations.

_MG_5957Sydney – Australia_MG_6130 Sydney – Australia_MG_8076 Lake Rotoroa – New Zealand_MG_8933Wanaka – New Zealand   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhnom Bakheng – Cambodia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWat Bayon – Cambodia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKep – Cambodia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARabbit Island – Cambodia  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHua Hin – Thailand IMG_1049Hayman Island – Queensland OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMelaka – Malaysia  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABatu Ferringhi – Malaysia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALangkowi – Malaysia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALangkowi – Malaysia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMelaka – Malaysia Sth Africa Tour -Kelsie 034Tamboti Tented Camp – South Africa

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Daily Prompt: Lost

I get lost in many ways. I get lost reading, writing, gardening, running, listening to music, looking through blogs…

But one of my favourite ways to get lost is taking photographs. Most of my family cannot understand, or stand, for that matter, my habit of taking endless photos. They don’t understand why you would photograph the same sunset forty times, always searching for that shot you haven’t quite captured yet. They get embarrassed going places with me, when I am down on one knee or walking backwards and forth in front of a subject, searching for the elusive angle.

It sometimes causes quite an annoyance, like on the day I took these pictures. I told my boyfriend that I was going for a short walk around Lake Wanaka to take some photos, and I would be back soon. Three hours later, and we had missed our dinner reservations.

I took roughly 250 photos walking around the lake, of all sorts of bits and pieces. I wandered around in my own little dream world, so happy to be in a place of such beauty with a camera in my hand. I had no idea how long I was away for, I was completely lost in the moment.

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Nature in Macro

Often I am so busy standing back to take photos of glorious landscapes that I miss the beauty that is right under my nose. Nature is just as amazing in macro, intricate, delicate, delightful.

_MG_8766Stones on the shore – Lake Wanaka.

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Tree bark – Lake Wanaka

_MG_8722Floating seed – Lake Wanaka.

_MG_8206Pancake rocks – New Zealand.

_MG_7685Tree trunk – Blenheim.

_MG_7651Rocks on the shore – Blenheim.

_MG_7617Lichen – Blenheim.

_MG_6766Kauri tree trunk – Coromandel.

A Word A Week Challenge: Angles.

This week’s challenge from Sue over at A Word In Your Ear is fantastic. It had me searching through endless folders for photographs that best met the theme of ‘angles’. The beauty of this challenge is that angles can be found in nearly every photograph, if you look hard enough. Obviously, I got carried away.

Here is what I found…

_MG_5317Marble Fountain – Hayman Island, Whitsundays _MG_5397Underwater Observatory – Cruise Whitsundays Pontoon, Queensland  _MG_5745Our Christmas Ham – Bunbury, Western Australia _MG_5990Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Sydney _MG_6172The most famous toilet in New Zealand – Kawakawa _MG_6410Inside the Maori meeting house – Waitangi, New Zealand _MG_6414Inside the Maori meeting house – Waitangi, New Zealand

Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background.

Another day, another Daily Post Challenge. This one is awesome. It asks us to show photo’s with ourselves or others as the lesser part of the scene, a shadow or a reflection, essentially making the background the focus. I loved looking through my photos for examples of this, often pictures that have our shadow or reflection (accidently or on purpose) are cast aside as imperfect.

_MG_7747This photo was taken at Hunter’s Estate winery in New Zealand. It is a collection of antique wine tools, displayed in a glass cabinet. I became frustrated trying to get a good shot without my reflection, in this one you can see me, and my camera strap, quite clearly.  _MG_7839   In this photo taken at Cloudy Bay winery, I was deliberately aiming to include our reflections. I thought it made an interesting image, seeing the back of the winery but also seeing us enjoying our wine tasting.

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I took this photograph during a shift in a restaurant I used to work in. (I may have been slacking off somewhat) It is stacks of upturned silver wine buckets, ready for service. You can see my reflection, and my awesome uniform, in the bucket on the left of frame.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the silhouettes of my sister and I in Koh Chang, Thailand. We are not the focus but rather a piece of the background, fitting into the jigsaw puzzle of silhouettes against the sunset.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI took these photographs in the Toul Sleng genocide museum, Cambodia. You can faintly make out my reflection in  the glass.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe reflection of myself and the background make a chilling juxtaposition to the endless sadness and horror portrayed in these images.     OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the boardwalk in Melaka, Malaysia, again nothing but a silhouette against the colours of the background and the sunset.

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This is one of my favourite photographs that I have ever taken. I took this on a timer on my little point and shoot Olympus, five years ago in Kep, Cambodia. I perched the camera on a wall across the road, set the timer and sprinted to the edge of the footpath to get the shot. I kept having to adjust the zoom and the position, constantly terrified that someone would walk past and grab my camera while my back was turned. But the end result was worth it.

A Different Shade of Green

The challenge over at The Daily Post is green themed, which I thought I would have another attempt at, simply because I found too many green photos. This is more of a nature themed post, for what is nature if not a smorgasbord of green.

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Fruit bat hanging from a tree – Hayman Island, Whitsundays

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Intricate patterns of green – Larnach Castle, Dunedin

_MG_7042A wall of foliage – Hamilton Botanical Gardens

_MG_5808Tropical plant – Sydney Botanical Gardens

_MG_5849A delicate butterfly – Sydney Botanical Gardens