Week17 – Easter Weekend and ANZAC Remembrance

23-29 April ’11

Cheating just a little

This week’s post contains some photos that strictly speaking should be in last week.  However as they’re part of the same long-weekend break, I’ve put them all together.

Rewa Valley

This is a shot I’ve been wanting to get for a couple of years. We drive this way when we head up to Mangaweka for weekend breaks.   I’ve noticed how lovely the little valley looks when all the trees turn golden.  But every time it’s been a case of we’re in a hurry or the weather’s not right or ah, too late, all the leaves are gone.    So the shot has not been got.

This time, the Lovely Man and I  made time.    The kidlets had set off earlier in the day with their Grandad.   I judged  the timing to be about right.  Our local trees were  all cloaked in autumn glory and the day was clear, the sky blue.  However, there is that saying about the best laid plans.  When we arrived at Rewa the clouds had moved in, the sun was playing hide and seek.  We parked in a safe spot a little way up the road and walked back down to the bridge from which I wanted to get the shot.  Though the valley  still looked pretty with the braided stream running in its alluvial course and the leaves shimmering yellow on the trees, without the sun it was not the shot I wanted.  So we waited.  Pigeons roosting under the bridge cooed softly, a gentle breeze was blowing.  It would have been a pleasant place to pass the time but for the constant traffic.  Who knew that the Cheltenham Hunterville Road was so busy!?  Every vehicle that passed by made the bridge shake, too, though it didn’t seem to bother the cooing pigeons.  Eventually, after a bit of a wait (thank goodness we didn’t have the kids with us, they have no patience what-so-ever) the sun broke through.  And I got the shot I’ve been waiting for.

Rewa Valley - The long awaited autumn shot

F-stop                  f/8
Exposure           1/125sec
ISO Speed          ISO-320
Focal length    18mm

Apprentice Wood Cutter

Our on going quest for free fire wood.  The more we can gather for just the cost of our own labour, the better.  A local farmer had given us permission to drag out whatever decent wood we could find from his scrap pile up the hill.  Good wood and  fairly  easy  access.  It didn’t take longto cut up and load  a trailer  full. A couple of weeks worth of free heating in only an hour.  Not bad going.   And Jake got to have his first lesson on using a chainsaw.  I think by the look on his face he was chuffed.

Three Generations of Wood Cutters

F-stop                  f/10
Exposure           1/125sec
ISO Speed          ISO-200
Focal length    34mm

Lomo Farmall 

A while ago I’d read a tutorial on how to create a Lomo effect from a digital photo.  (Check out dear old Wiki’s article on Lomography).  In the tutorial the author used an example shot featuring a Farmall tractor of a similar vintage to the one we have up at Weka.  “Ah-ha!”,  I thought when I saw the picture, “I must have a go at doing that – with a Farmall…”

Farmall - Lomofied

F-stop                  f/5.3
Exposure           1/80sec
ISO Speed          ISO-250 
Focal length     86  mm

Hedgehog – out and about

The afternoon we arrived I took my customary tour of the gardens and grounds to see what was growing and what’d changed since our last visit.  At one  point a little wiggly bottom caught my eye.   Hedgehog!  I crept up on the place I’d seen him, only to find his prickly back end disappearing under the shrubbery further in to the garden.  How odd,  hedgehogs should not be out wandering about in the day light.   The following afteroon there was a commotion in the paddock, the kids had spotted two little hedgies snuffling about.  One made a run for it and disappeared in to the undergrowth, but the other was out in the middle of the grass.  So I had to get my camera and capture a shot or two.

Hedgehog on the lam

F-stop                  f/5.6
Exposure           1/125sec
ISO Speed          ISO-200
Focal length    100mm

 After a while I had Cat go and get some gloves so we could put him back in the garden where he belonged.

Hedgehog - those cutsie little footsies!

F-stop                  f/5.6
Exposure           1/125sec
ISO Speed          ISO-200
Focal length    125mm

Easter Egg Hunt

It has become a family tradition that the ‘Easter Bunny’ sets up an egg hunt in the field next to the house on Easter Sunday morning.

Easter Egg Hunt


This was the first time in years that I’ve missed an ANZAC service.  I’d come down with the WORST COLD IN HISTORY (yep, pretty bad), so I just could not bring myself to attend.  Which makes me sad, but some things can’t be helped.

Ode to the Fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest We Forget - An ANZAC Remembrance

F-stop                  f/ 
Exposure           1/    sec
ISO Speed          ISO- 
Focal length       mm




One response to “Week17 – Easter Weekend and ANZAC Remembrance

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