Summer Flowers

We went to the Botanic Gardens recently, and I brought along my camera. I love taking pictures of nature and scenery! There were so many flowers everywhere, I got very excited in photographing everything. I have split my photos into two posts as I thought it worked better that way.

This post will be sharing my favourite flower photos I took. Tomorrow, I’ll share some general ones I took at the gardens.

You know, it’s crazy how nature is designed. Flowers come in so many different shapes. I like how different the petals are with each flower.

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While exploring the rose garden, I kept coming across bumblebees doing their thing. I wanted to take closer photos of them, but I was too scared to get any closer.

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The different colours and types of flowers entertained me for aaages. The cafe is nearby, so after we ordered, I headed out to take photos. Rory had to text me to remind me to come back for food. After eating, we headed back out and I was back to taking photos!

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We went inside the Begonia House, which has more tropical displays as it’s in a temperature controlled room. There were all sorts of amazing looking plants there.

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At the end of the Begonia House was a lily ponds with lots of aquatic plants. I really loved this one purple flower.

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Finally, we wandered around the rest of the gardens. Here’s a few more of my favourite photos to wrap up this post!

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That’s all the photos! There were way more, but I liked these the most. I think the photos came out really nice. I don’t know if there’s a proper way to take photos of flowers, but I had a lot of fun!

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Leisurely Walks to the River

I never did share the rest of the pictures I took back when we first took my camera out for a spin back in October. Well what a perfect excuse for leisurely walk post!

I was excited to explore more with my new camera. I love taking photos of nature, as it’s always just so pretty to look at. We walked to the nearby river and just took a bunch of photos. I’ve shared quite a few of my favourites with you guys already, but I wanted to share a few more.

Here come the pictures! There is a lot.

You may recognize the last one as it’s now the header image of my blog. I’m glad that this was my first photo excursion with my new camera. It was such a fun evening, and since then we’ve gone on more walks and I’ve taken even more pictures!

Have you gone on a walk recently? Where’d you go?

Angela.

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Leisurely Walks to the Park (and 1800 followers!)

I haven’t done a leisurely walk post in ages! It’s basically where I go for a walk somewhere and stop to take lots of pictures.

Before I get into that, it seems that we’ve reached another little milestone! As you guys may know, I like to acknowledge these. So again, another huge thank you for helping my blog continue grow!!

Alright, back to the walk.

One spring evening, we didn’t feel like staying at home, so we walked to the nearby park. It has huge playgrounds, and a mini carnival was on.

It was a really nice walk around the park. We saw lots of trees with beautiful flowers, and even made a stop to the big pond where all the ducks were. We managed to catch the sunset, so all the photos were taken in that whole ‘magic hour’.

Anyway, here are the pictures I took.

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Flowers blooming
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Paths to walk
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Sneaky sunset
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Playground in magic hour
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Birds flying around
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Ripples in the pond
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The ducks approach
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Clouds in the sky

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Black & White Photo Challenge

I’ve seen this challenge going around lately about posting a black and white photo every day for seven days. The rules are that you post a black and white photo of your life, with no people, and no explanation. You’re also to challenge someone new each day.

I have been nominated by Anni (Gluecksgeist) on Instagram, Lee (Golden Pink Journal) and Pat (Kindergarten Knowledge) on WordPress. I have really wanted to do this challenge, but following on from my 30 Days of Photography Challenge, I didn’t want to do this everyday for a week as it felt too similar. Instead, I’ll put them all in one post!

Here we go!

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I tag anyone who wants to take part.

That’s all for this post!

Angela.

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30 Day Photography Challenge Wrap Up

If you’ve been following me for all of last month, every five days you may have noticed that I posted snippets from a photography challenge I decided to do. It was so much fun, and I loved getting to interpret each prompt. The challenge also led me to multiple photo excursions, where I would spend up to an hour just snapping away, and learning more about my new camera.

Now let’s get to all the photos. Get ready.

Day 1 – Self Portrait

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Day 2 – What You Wore

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Day 3 – Clouds

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Day 4 – Something Green

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Day 5 – After Dark

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Day 6 – Obsession

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Day 7 – Changes to Come

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Day 8 – Routine

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Day 9 – Someone You Love

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Day 10 – Childhood Memory

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Day 11 – Something Blue

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Day 12 – Sunset

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Day 13 – Cannot Live Without

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Day 14 – Eyes

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Day 15 – Silhouette

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Day 16 – A Good Habit

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Day 17 –  Technology

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Day 18 – Your Shoes

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Day 19 – Something You Want

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Day 20 – In My Bag

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Day 21 – Faceless Self Portrait

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Day 22 – Inspirational

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Day 23 – Patterns

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Day 24 – Animals

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Day 25 – Strangers

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Day 26 – Close Up

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Day 27 – Celebration

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Day 28 – Flowers

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Day 29 – Black and White

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Day 30 – Self Portrait

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That’s all of them! I’ll be honest, this challenge was so much fun, that I’m already looking for another challenge to do!

I love all of these, but my favourites are …. Which one is yours?

Angela.

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30 Day Photography Challenge – Days 26-30

We’ve reached the end of this photography challenge. Here’s the final five photos.

Day 26 – Close Up

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I have a lot of close up photos of food and objects. I’ve shared a few in this challenge already, so I wanted to try something else. I saw something on Pinterest where ‘photo-ception’ was happening. This is what came out of my experimentation. A close up of my face on my phone camera, and the rest of me holding said phone.

Day 27 – Celebration

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The most recent celebration for me was my sister’s wedding, so obviously for this prompt, I was going to choose a photo from that event. I decided on the shot of the rings, cause then it’s clear what the celebration is about.

Day 28 – Flowers

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Again from waiheke, but I can’t help it. The gardens were amazing, and I had to show off more of the lavender field. I took so many photos of the flowers, this was one of my favourites.

Day 29 – Black & White

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If you’ve seen my latest baking post, then you may recognize these cookies. While messing around with photos for the post, I played with filters. I ended up not using this black and white one, but I really like it’s spooky effect. So at least I can show it in this challenge!

Day 30 – Self Portrait

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Another self portrait to round off this challenge. I couldn’t think of anything creative or different to do, so I took a regular camera selfie with my tripod. I took it in the sunroom, cause I like the background with the white brick. You may recognize it from my current profile picture.

So yeah, that’s all the photos from this challenge! I want to do an official wrap up post for this whole challenge in a few days. So you guys can see all the photos in one post! That being said, I have really enjoyed doing this, and I plan to do another one at a later time. If you guys have interest in photography, definitely give this challenge a go! You don’t need to post it, but just use the prompts for inspiration 🙂

Angela.

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30 Day Photography Challenge Days 21-25

I’m up to the last batches of this challenge! Here’s the next five.

Day 21 – Faceless Self Portrait

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This was another early photo I took. I wanted a photo of me holding the camera, and the flash popped up. I really like how it came out though. You can’t see my face at all, since I’m holding it to my face. It fits into this prompt pretty well.

Day 22 – Inspirational

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One evening, I turned around and saw the some impressive cloud formations.It was a pretty inspirational sight. I also realize that I have an insane number of pictures of clouds.

Day 23 – Patterns

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I was trying to think of what I could do for patterns. There are some cool wall patterns I was considering, when I went through food photos. I love how restaurants display food. So much effort goes into it, and it always looks amazing! I count this as a pattern, since it’s repeated, technically 🙂

Day 24 – Animal

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Ducks are one of my favourite animals. They’re just cute. I was lucky enough to get close to this little duck and snap a photo of him/her.

Day 25 – Strangers

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I don’t really have a photo of strangers. I’m not in the habit of taking photos of people I don’t know. That being said, I do have a lot of scenery photos, and sometimes other people are in it. So here’s my strangers photo.

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That’s it for this round! The last one will be up on the 31st!

Which one was your favourite?

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30 Day Photography Challenge – Days 16-20

Here’s the next five photos in the photography challenge!

Day 16 – A Good Habit

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This was taken a few days ago in Waiheke. I like to go for walks. Sure, it may be because it gives me a lot of photo opportunities, but it’s a form of exercise. It’s one I enjoy and often do. I would constitute this as a good habit.

Day 17 – Technology

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When my brain struggles for photo ideas, I keep going to flat lays. What can I say, they’re fun and aesthetically pleasing to look at. I gave this one a shot, incorporating technology I use on a daily basis. That’s my phone, iPod, laptop, and I would count a pen as a tool of technology as well. Just the old school kind!

Day 18 – Your Shoes

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This prompt is pretty straightforward. I gotta take a photo of my shoes. So I grabbed all of them and lay them out. I was considering wearing a pair, and then taking a photo that way, but I was happier with this one.

Day 19 – Something You Want

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So this could be a photo of many things. Food, makeup, other material things. Instead, I went with another Waiheke photo. I want to travel, to be on holiday with loved ones, experience different things and see new places. I wish I could do it full time, but alas I cannot.

Day 20 – In My Bag

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Another straightforward prompt. Also a post I did a while ago. However maybe I should do an updated one, cause I carry different things around now. This is my Moana Road blue satchel bag. I use it for work. On any given work day, this is what you’ll probably find in my bag. Book, pens, keys, water bottle, phone, wallet, ipod and then a few care products. Lip balm, concealer (for touch ups) and a hairbrush.

30 Day Photography Challenge #designerssweetspot

That’s it for this round! The next five will be up on the 26th!

Which one was your favourite?

Angela.

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30 Day Photography Challenge – Days 11-15

Here’s the next installment in my photography challenge!

Day 11 – Something Blue

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You guys may recognise this spot as the river near our house. I love going there for photos. I was trying to do that photo effect where you slow the shutter speed so you get a more ‘misty’ photo of the water ripples. You need a tripod for this shot, as any shake will mess up the shot. I did not have a tripod, and this was the best one I could get!

Day 12 – Sunset

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I was wanting to get a sunset photo during the past weekend, but we had nonstop rain. One evening in the week, we had sunny weather and we took advantage. We went uphill so we could get a better shot. I took so many photos, and it was hard to narrow down! This is definitely one of my favourites.

Day 13 – Cannot Live Without

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I chose to do another flat lay thing for this one. There’s many things I can’t live without biologically speaking. But for my photo, I went with a different approach. My family, my husband, and me. My thoughts, inspiration, brain, are all important parts of me. Also, I am just so into Winnie The Pooh Quotes lately.

Day 14 – Eyes

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This took a surprising amount of time to co-ordinate. However, I’m really happy with how this photo came out! Fun fact, if you look deep into my eyes, you can see the reflection of my arm holding out the camera. As well as my messy office.

Day 15 – Silhouette

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It took me the longest time to figure out how to take a silhouette shot. Finally, I realized that you needed to wait a while after sunset where the sky is still bright, but the sun is down. That’s Rory there. I was crouching really low on the ground, so I could get more of his silhouette against the fading sky 🙂

That’s it for this round!

30 Day Photography Challenge #designerssweetspot

Which one was your favourite?

Part 1 – Days 1-5

Part 2 – Days 6-10

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