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Autumn Glory

Recently, over a family dinner, we were talking about photography and what to do with the photos we’d taken. Digital photography (for me) over the last 10 years+ has led to many unsorted photos being stored on my computer and rarely shared with anyone, which defeats the purpose of photographing. I want to share what I see with other people!

During the discussion we mentioned photo books, AV’s (digital slideshows) and then the subject of this blog came up. Looking back, I see the last post I published was way back in September 2013. A lot has happened since then! As I’m on leave at the moment and family birthdays gave us a good excuse for a photography outing, here is the result.

Thanks for the encouragement Bryce & Kelly, hope you like the photos.

All of the following images were taken at McLaren Falls Park at the weekend, in the company of my husband, sister and mother. It had been raining earlier in the day and there was a cold wind during our visit but we managed to dodge the showers. Other than the lovely autumn colours, the highlight of the afternoon for me was a group of warmly-dressed young women seated on the ground under a tree, sharing a picnic and videoing themselves singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to an absent friend. When we told them it was also Mum’s birthday today, they needed no encouragement to sing to her.

Happy Birthday Mum!

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McLaren Falls – main waterfall area

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McLaren Falls

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Main entrance / exit to the park

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Tangled branches

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Gingko pathway – for Yvonne

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Fallen leaves

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Almost bare but still beautiful

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Late afternoon sunlight

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GOYA: March 2013

I’m making an attempt to catch up on blog posts, which have been few and far between recently. This one is from back in March.

About twenty members of our camera club met in a local cafe on Saturday 23rd March for the third GOYA outing (the second I have attended). After coffee and some social time, we were given the topic for the day (‘Yellow’), and had the rest of the day to photograph it however we wanted to. See here for an explanation of GOYA itself.

There was plenty of material to choose from.

Yellow walls…

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Being creative with some multiple exposures in the garden…

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Some discoveries in a nearby ‘two-dollar’ shop…

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A school sign…

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Tanks with spiral stairs…

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Reflections at the marina…

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And my entry (unplaced this time), which I called ‘Bargain Hunting Colours’ as it was taken outside the Briscoes store.

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Previous GOYA posts:

GOYA

GOYA – Wood we or wouldn’t we?


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Summer Flowers

I love the colourful lushness of flowering trees and plants here at this time of year. It makes me appreciate again how things grow and flower, cycling through the seasons with little or no intervention from us (we are not gardeners!). Some of the following are growing in our garden, others seen while driving around town; all photographed on the last day of 2012.

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Hydrangea

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Jacaranda & church steeple

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Jacaranda

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Pink silk tree (aka Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin)

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Pohutukawa

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Pohutukawa flowers

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Agapanthus

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Australian frangipani

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New Years Eve sky

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A Late Spring

Back in July I posted about the various trees on our section (Trees I Have Known), ending with a couple of photos of a flowering cherry – prunus amanogawa. At that time it was bare;  it flowered recently so I thought a follow-up post was in order.

Flowering cherry on a grey day a couple of weeks ago

Flowering cherry – a closer look

Cherry leaves (the tree is staked)

Blue skies and sunshine yesterday – no tuis so far

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