26 April ’13
25th April, ANZAC Day,
the day that New Zealanders and Australians
remember and commemorate those men
and women who have made sacrifices in war.
“Somewhere between the landing at ANZAC (cove) and the end of the battle of the Somme, New Zealand definitely became a nation.”
– Ormond Burtons, stretcher bearer and infantryman
As the years have passed, so too have the survivors of those first battles, the original ANZACs. But their spirit, the values that those survivors brought home with them are to be admired and passed on to the following generations.
On ANZAC Day we recite the Ode of Remembrance, watch the flag lowered to half mast to the Last Post and raised again to Reveille, sing hymns and anthems, lay wreaths. We remember.
ANZAC Service, Pohangina
Sharing these ceremonies in the company of hundreds of members of our community, including our children in the commemorations is all a part of keeping that ANZAC spirit alive.
Many children and young people attended and were involved in this year’s services.
Laying wreaths at the memorial in Ashhurst
Jacob recently joined the Palmerston North Cadet Unit, the Cadets participated in a number of services around the region this year. They marched and layed Continue reading
22 – 28 April ’12
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.
April 25th every year sees the commemoration of those who have sacrificed their lives to ensure our freedom. In Ashhurst the community gathers under the spreading oak trees in our town center. We share hymns, prayers and songs to mark the solemnity of the occasion and we are drawn closer. And these achingly young men stand head-bowed and silent in memory of their fallen comrades.
Exposure time 1/250 sec
ISO speed ISO-200
Focal length 50mm
There has only been one ANZAC day in recent times where the weather has been bad. It seems that Mother Nature wishes to encourage us out in to the glory of her autumn sunshine each year. This does provide a bit of a challenge – bright sun light and dappled shade. And I did not feel that I could use my flash at this solemn occasion – I get enough dirty looks just having my camera there. So I’ve boosted the brightness under the brim of this soldier’s hat to lighten his face.
25-31 March ’12
As part of his ANZAC homework assignment, Billy had the option to bake some cookies. I figured I could document the event so he had something to hand in.
I love the light that comes in my kitchen window in the afternoons.
Exposure time 1/60 sec
ISO Speed ISO-320
Focal length 50mm
Flash Mode No flash
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.
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.
ISO Speed ISO-320
Focal length 18mm
Rewa Valley - The long awaited autumn shot
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. Continue reading