Evanescent

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is Evanescent.

I’m going to be totally honest. I had no idea what that meant. My  first thought was of that band Evanescence, but I figured that wasn’t right. It took reading the definition a couple of times to finally figure out what photos I wanted to share.

e.v·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt]
adjective

  1. Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.

So for my interpretation, I thought about Pohutukawa. For those not in New Zealand, the Pohutukawa is a native flower and a kiwi icon.

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During summer, the trees go into full bloom, the red flowers bring the promise of summer, and for us Christmas! Red and green are traditional Christmas colours, and who needs Christmas trees when you have Pohutukawa lining the streets.

My family often spends Christmas in the South Island, and in our grandparents front yard, they have a Pohutukawa tree.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen that tree not in bloom. Then again, we only ever visit in summer. Every year, we know we will see that tree. I love these flowers, the colour is so vibrant, and their association with summer and Christmas doesn’t hurt my opinion of them either.

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But too soon, the flowers fall on the ground, making somewhat of a mess. But decorating the ground with their colour. It’s a reminder  that summer is at an end, and soon it will be cold again.

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Then everything is back to just green, and we wait.

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Wait for those red flowers to come back, reminding us of the arrival of summer.

That’s my interpretation for this week’s photo challenge. A moment in time that passes or disappears quickly. Evanescent.

Angela.

Leisurely Drives #2

Hello friends! Remember Leisurely Drives, well you guys really liked it, which is great! Cause I loved making it 😀

Ready for some more pictures I took from the car while we were driving around on a sunny day? Yes?

Well then, let’s go!

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Hello.

You made it to the end! I did take more pictures than this, but there was a lot of blurry ones. Maybe I should start editing my photos too, cause I never do. Except for on Instagram, but that’s cause they’re already on the app, I don’t have to open another program.

Anyway, you may have noticed a YouTube link underneath this paragraph. I have said that I’m interested in trying to do videos as well as blogs…Well this is my first real effort. I started videoing on another drive instead of just taking pictures. I downloaded a free video editing program, looked around online for songs that I could freely download and use without royalty costs. Then I spent way longer than I thought I would cutting together footage and trying to match it to the music. I also kept in random bits of audio which I thought were funny. But anyway, feel free to have a watch and let me know what you think 🙂 All constructive criticism welcome.

The music is Good Times by Podington Bear. I found it here. Also, this video is less than 2 minutes, but took me around 2 hours to make. Yikes, I feel for all those YouTubers.

Anyway, I am keeping in the back of my mind, other ideas that might work for videos. It may be a while before I do a talking one, cause it still feels awkward. That’s still a future goal though, cause this was fun 🙂

Angela.

My Heritage

My Heritage

This week’s photo challenge is about Heritage.

I immediately took this to mean about family and culture. It could be interpreted a range of different ways, but as regular readers know, I absolutely love my family. I also love talking about them. So here we go again.

I am bicultural. I have lived most of my life in New Zealand, so that side may come out stronger, but I also consider myself a Filipina (mostly in spirit, as I keep meaning to relearn Tagalog). My dad is from New Zealand, and my mum is from the Philippines.

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I consider myself a proud Kiwi. Our country is beautiful, it’s a tiny island sure, but it’s packed full of incredible sights. Lord of the Rings and Weta have certainly helped boost our image of that 😛

As with any sights, you just sometimes have to go out of your way to find it.

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As for my Filipino side, I was there when I was incredibly young. I only lived there from when I was 4-6. However, I do remember from my time there, that it gave me an amazing work ethic (which I since lost and then regained yay!). The schooling system was very different from kindergarten back home, there was more of a focus on academia. For that, I’m thankful, as when we came back to New Zealand, it gave me a boost, and for most of my school life, I was doing work above my grade level.

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I have also inherited a lot from my family.

Including biological traits. I have inherited my parent’s black hair and brown eyes. Their short to average height (For some reason though, my sister is an Amazon). My dad’s poor eyesight which means I require glasses. A slightly lighter version of my mum’s darker skin, which also gives me the ability to tan fairly fast in summer (thanks Mum!).

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As well as personality traits. I have a weird sense of humour. I love to photograph everything, bake, and give out hugs thanks to Mum. I love movies, computer games and board games thanks to Dad. Also, my love of mini golf! Is there any better outdoor activity? 😀

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Finally, I have inherited my love of family birthday traditions. Every year, for each birthday, we will get together for a dinner, cake, presents, and chats. (Similarly for Christmas.) Most recently, we got together for my Dad’s birthday last weekend. Next month, it’s my brother’s turn.

Heritage is fun to stop and think about, especially when you have an amazing family. I have been shaped a lot by how I grew up and my parents. I have since grown up and left home, but I look forward to one day passing my own heritage down to future generations (not any time soon though!)

Angela.

Reflections in Water

This Week’s Photo Challenge Theme is Reflecting.

For my interpretation, I’ve compiled photos during my life and travels, where the reflective nature of water is put on display.

On a calm day, where you can see the boats, and watch the different colours and shades move on the surface of the water.

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Or catch the light making ripples.

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Even on the other side of the world, the water catches reflection and shadows and I feel the need to be capture it on film.

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Evening Walks

Evening Walks

Hello all, are you ready for another photo heavy post?

Previously, I posted Leisurely Drives, and Leisurely Walks.

I haven’t done one in a while, and I enjoy when I get the chance to show off the good side of Wellington. When the weather behaves, it allows me to take some beautiful photos of my little town.

Last Thursday, I had a stressful day at work. So I decided to walk to the library after work to pick up Me Before You, a book I had been looking forward to reading. Rory met me there, and then we decided to walk alongside the waterfront for a bit. The sun was starting to set, and it was a lovely walk. I got a lot of photos, the sky only had a few clouds, there were shades of orange from the sunset and the moon was bright. It turned my day around.

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Danger!

The theme for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Danger!

Here’s my little post about some of the (smaller) dangers we face, and the thrill we get from them.

What’s life without a little danger, or a little risk?

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We go to (not super) extreme lengths to get a really good shot. We know the risk, so we can take precautions and be careful, and get that amazing photo.

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We go to zoos to get close to dangerous animals and see them up close. We trust the zookeepers to keep us safe, rely on their knowledge to provide  a safe, yet thrilling experience.

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We go to amusement parks and festivals for the rides. The danger leads to excitement, it gives you a thrill that makes you scream. Afterwards, you’re either left shaking with relief, or wanting more. (For those interested, I fall in the former category. They’re too much for little old me now, my younger self would be disappointed).

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Bugs always give me a personal sense of danger. They’re small, but so scary for some reason. Wasps in general can go suck it.

Now this last one isn’t a photo by me, but they are the biggest danger in my world.

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Lego pieces can also suck it. I stood on one when I wasn’t wearing shoes at the centre yesterday. They are a hazard and a danger to people not wearing shoes everywhere, and they must be stopped.

That’s it for this one! This was a harder theme for me, but I’m happy with what I’ve come through with  😀

Thanks for reading!

Angela.

 

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

Today’s inspiration for the photo challenge is Wanderlust. When I first saw that, I thought, “Damn, I used all my best ones last week for the Earth Challenge”, but you know what? I take a lot of pictures when I visit places, so consider this the next installment 😀

If you want to see last week’s photos about some of the wondrous place I’ve seen on Earth, you can click on Earth and the Wonders I’ve Seen.

I’ll also include links to posts I’ve written about my travels to the specific photos. So if you’d like to see more, go and click. Or not. I’m not your boss 😛

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Wanderlust inspires us all to travel. You see incredible things that you didn’t think you would. Sometimes this happens while sitting in a plane, and the clouds seem like you could almost touch them.

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In Fiji, you find clear blue seas and white sand beaches. The most incredible part is that the water is warm, and there’s so much life to see underwater, not too far from the shore. Honeymooning in Fiji.

Can’t forget my recent trip to Peru that I keep (and won’t stop) bringing up 🙂

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The Salkantay Trek took us through hills, lakes, mountains..and the top of the Amazon rainforest. Salkantay Trek.

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The cities had elaborately decorated town squares, and colourful markets with homemade goods to sell. Arequipa

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Our stay in the Amazon rainforest led me to some strange and wondrous sights. Like giant lilypads that I might be able to sit on (I didn’t try though).

Also, through the rainforest and Iquitos combined, I got to get near lots of animals that I rarely see. More links here – Amazon RainforestIquitos.

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One of my favourite spots in Sydney is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. It feels like you’re stepping in another world, within Sydney itself. You can read more here at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Finally, sometimes you don’t have to go far to discover new places. Tongariro Crossing, one of my very first posts if you’re interested!

Thanks for reading and letting me show more of my pictures from my travel!

Angela.