Every year August 31, is daffodil day. The cancer society sell bunches fresh daffodils  and/or one artificial daffodil when you give money. This is in New Zealand.


Trompie looking at a bed of daffodils

To Daffodils


Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
         You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
         Has not attain’d his noon.
                        Stay, stay,
                Until the hasting day
     Has run 

                But to the even-song;
And, having pray’d together, we
Will go with you along.
We have short time to stay, as you,
         We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
         As you, or anything.
                        We die
                As your hours do, and dry away
Like to the summer’s rain; 

      Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,
                  Ne’er to be found again.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban (no 2)

In my small town where I live there are some sculptures made by artist from town. I have already shown the sculptures of the Kerero or N Z Pigeon and the Fantail.

I specially went to the shops as they call it here to take a photo of the following sculpture

it is in the middle of the town .


This is my Home Town

Upper Hutt

New Zealand

Oriental Bay Fountain, Wellington



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2. Carter Fountain

Like 6 others like this
Artist Unknown
Year 1973
Location 150 meters out in the harbour, Oriental Bay
Tour directions From where you’re standing, look out to the harbour.

Beached as bro

The 22,000 tonnes of champagne-coloured sand in Oriental Bay were barged in from Takaka in the South Island at a cost of $7.5 million dollars

 Sculpture background

The Carter Fountain was installed in 1973 and was originally to be named the “Oriental Bay Fountain” until the untimely death of its benefactor.

At a cost of $75,000, the fountain was a gift to the city from local resident Hugh Carter. Carter was inspired by a fountain he saw in Geneva in the early 1960s. Carter initially dedicated the fountain to his parents George and Ella Carter – who paid for the Oriental Parade flower garden

Tragedy struck just days after the fountain was officially opened. Carter was about to sail to Nelson on his launch when he slipped and drowned. The fountain was named the Carter Fountain as a mark of respect.

The fountain operating

The fountain is controlled by a wind sensor so will not activate when the wind is at 10 knots or higher. In calm weather the fountain can shoot water up to 16 metres into the air.

Its hours of operation are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 7.30am – 9am, Midday – 2pm, 4.30pm – 6pm, 7.30pm – 10.30pm
  • Friday: 7.30am – 9am, Midday – 2pm, 4.30pm – 6pm, 7.30pm – 11pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8.30am – 4.30pm, 7pm – 11pm

Colline asked ma about the water spout.  Above is the information.



Travel Theme: Silhouette


I am still at the water front. Next photos are also about water.


Our travel theme this week is


This is again the Victoria Waterfall With its rainbow and


of the trees in the front.

It fascinates me how a silhouette; a two-dimensional outline of a person or object, can suggest a story just as clearly as if you could see the scene in its entirety. Perhaps it makes our imagination work overtime, trying to fill in the details we cannot see. I would love to see your interpretation of this theme, so if you would like to join in, create your own post, title it Travel Theme: Silhouette and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it easily. Don’t forget to check back in next Friday for the next travel theme. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

xxx Ailsa

Thank you Ailsa for all these interesting subjects every week.


52 Pick Up: Week 34 Water


While I am “working” with water photos I may as well pull it through to my other posts as well for this week.

The theme for 52 Pick Up week 34 is                                WATER

The following photos were taken in Zimbabwe 2010

Water bath for birds.

Swimming pool for human beings.

And then the mighty Victoria Waterfall

This is a mighty stream of water!

Should you wish to join me in this challenge, here are the rules:

  1. The theme begins on Sunday and at least one image on the theme must be posted by the following Saturday.
  2. Images can be captured on my Digital SLR, point-and-shoot or even the phone on my camera.
  3. Each image must be taken during the theme week. No scrounging back through last year’s photos for “a good one”. That would be cheating and the challenge is about taking new photos with new inspiration!
  4. Images are allowed to be post processed. I shoot in RAW and use Photoshop Elements 9.0 for post processing. My favourite actions come from Pure Photoshop ActionsPaint the Moon and MCP Actions. If you haven’t checked them out yet you should. They both offer freebies to give you a taste of how their products work.
Each week I will post the challenge.  If you are participating, add a link to the photo you have taken in the comment section of that post.

This Week’s Challenge

Week 33: Water

So join me each week as I continue in my photographic journey. Share a comment, your own images, or perhaps just be inspired to develop your own art of photography.



Sunday Post: From a distance


I stood on the shore looking out over the bay in Wellington to the

Snow covered ranges in the distance.

Wellington (play /ˈwɛlɪŋtən/) is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand after Auckland. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is home to 393,400 residents.

This is what Jake is up to! Come and join in the fun.

Here’s how the weekly photo Competition works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. Show the world based on your interpretation what you have in mind for the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Sunday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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