January 30, 2014 … counting my blessings

I have much to be grateful for.

High on the list are our six beautiful grandchildren, of whom two have been staying with us for the last few nights. Having them here tends to bring different and often chaotic elements into the day’s agenda. Mary was at work yesterday morning, so after I pried their iPads from the children, we went up to the local playground to get some oxygen.


… on death row, about to be cut down in their prime

On the way, we passed a lady mowing the berm outside her house. I noticed that she was turning a colourful expanse of dandelions into neat but bland green lawn. I dropped prone to get the worm’s eye view of the flowers before they were mowed. The lady may have been briefly worried that an ambulance was required, but I bounced back.

Maggie swings

She’s moving fast

The children are still young enough to enjoy swings, and I took the opportunity to try some blur shots … a bit tricky to avoid them merely looking like I got the shutter speed wrong, but I like the blur.


One of our lovely grandchildren

Back at home, Maggie, having had her hair in plaits overnight in order to introduce some waves to her normally straight hair,  was persuaded to pose for me. You can see why she, and the other children bring joy to my heart.


Piwakawaka or fantail … they flit about and I find I get more empty photographs than hits

In the late afternoon, a quick circuit of Pauatahanui Inlet was mostly without success though I like this delightful little fantail. Lots of people are unaware of the fine set of whiskers they have.

Southern sky

As a friend commented, “the wind child with his paint brush”

My last shot of the day was taken when I was cajoled into taken a walk for exercise. From Poto road at the top of our hill, the Southern sky was striking and it looked even better through the viewfinder than with the naked eye.

That’s my quota for the day.




About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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2 Responses to January 30, 2014 … counting my blessings

  1. Adam Rosner says:

    Great pic of Maggie on the swing. I like this one the most out of the ones you posted today!

  2. What a beautiful photo of your granddaughter! How well you have captured her smile!

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