Regular Random – Magnolia and Bokeh

I adore Spring Magnolia, or at least late Winter Magnolia and on a recent trip to Brisbane we spent a few minutes with a lone Magnolia and some beautiful filtered sunshine. When the sunlight glitters and bounces around it can create the most gorgeous bokeh, I even caught some images of just the bokeh alone.…

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McDowall Street Art

Near where my Daughter currently lives, we pass by some street art, every time we seemed to go anywhere, it is under a bridge and not exactly easy to get to, but we finally decided it was time we had a closer look. Finally found somewhere nearby to park and crossed the slipway at a…

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Winter Outings – Mount Coot-tha botanical gardens

Mount Coot-tha botanical gardens, again. It seems we have been here almost every visit to Brisbane over the last few years. We have done a fair bit of exploring around the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast areas. The usual sights and sounds that tourists do, the wheel, the Brisbane sign, the river, the city beach,…

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Mid-Winter Escape – Brisbane

I have not seen my daughter and son-in-law in quite a while and sure we talk online and on the phone, but ask any Mum whose baby lives well away from home, it’s just not the same. I needed some facetime. Her birthday was coming up and we decided it might be fun to surprise…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 21

No rest for the wicked, as they say…our last full day here in New Zealand and we wanted to make the most of it, but at the same time, so footsore and weary, we have been on the go for three weeks, and today were feeling it. We decided to do some fun stuff, still…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 20

Day 20 found us in Hamilton, which to be honest was not really on our list of places to go, just kind of where we ended up, and so happy we did. Our first stop was Hamilton Botanical Gardens, I had been told if I ever got the chance to visit, so we did. Now,…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 19

We spent the morning wandering around the Lakefront and then had a fantastic breakfast. After breakfast we went from Taupo, we drove back towards Napier and finally found Waipunga Falls, an amazing sight from the car park, but no way to safely get down. We missed this and another river on our way to Napier…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 18

We woke to gorgeous clear skies and a view from our room, still freezing and there was a fresh dusting of snow on the peaks. Quickly got up and got dressed to go capture the stunning views and that touch of dusty white snow on the top of Mount Taranaki – it really was so…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 17

In the early morning light, while it was still cool and dewy we visited the Dugald MacKenzie Rose Garden, armed with our macro lenses and light rings, we took off for some still life goodness, I had not shot any real flowers in days 🙂 We left Palmerston North and drove through various farmland, mostly…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 16

We woke to rain and cold and of course a blinding gale, we eventually decided to drive to Cape Palliser, we almost didn’t – THAT would have been a huge mistake! It continuously rained and such low cloud, we could barely see, at one point the temp dropped below 9°C (remember it’s Summer) we were…

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