Being in the southern hemisphere, today’s photo is a touch of Autumn. I always know when autumn is coming when the agapanthus start dying off. They still look quite pretty without the flowers I think.
I think I tend to get stuck with Project 365 because I think I don’t have direction or inspiration. A popular photo a day project in Australia (and I’m sure elsewhere) is from the blog Fat Mum Slim, which has been going on for some time now. The themes aren’t too difficult, can be literal or creative, and I think are completely doable. I’ll start off with January to start with, and if I think I can keep it up, keep on going. A month seems a lot less daunting than a whole year.
Here’s the January list of themes
1. LUNCH: Your plate, what you’re doing at lunchtime, where you are etc.
2. BEGINS WITH G: Take a photo of anything starting with the letter G.
3. MY TOWN: A photo of something that represents where you live, where you grew up, or just a snapshot of a part of where you live.
4. WORDS TO LIVE BY: Share words that you live by. You could write them and take a photo, take a photo of the words in a poster, or another way.
5: FOUND: As you go about your day today take a photo of something you discover, or perhaps something you’ve found in the past.
6: HAPPENS EVERYDAY: Take a photo of something that happens each day. Is it part of your routine? Or something special that seems to happen?
7: UPSIDE DOWN: Take a photo of something upside down, or turn your phone upside down. Have fun!
8: LUCKY NUMBER: What’s your lucky number? How can you be creative in taking your photo?
9: NATURAL: Take a photo of something natural, created naturally.
10: MAN-MADE: Take a photo of something made by man.
11. LOOKING DOWN: Take a photo looking down from somewhere.
12. COLOURFUL: Take a photo of something colourful.
12. MAKES ME SMILE: What makes you happy? Take a photo of it.
14. THREE THINGS: Take a photo of any 3 things. They might belong together or they might be totally random.
15. BLACK + WHITE: This is our photography prompt for the month. I’ll share a little more next month on tips for black and white photography.
16. SUN: Take a photo of the sun. Fingers crossed it comes out to play.
17. TINY: Take a photo of something very small.
18. HAPPY PLACE: Where do you like to go most? Share it with us.
19. BREAKFAST: Take a photo of your breakfast, or where you were for breakfast time.
20. TO DO LIST: Take a photo of something you need to do today. Or a series of photos in a collage perhaps?
21. BLUE: Take a photo of something blue.
22. NICE!: Take a photo of something nice.
23. BEDTIME: Take a photo of bedtime, be it yours, your pets or your childs.
24. YOUR SPACE: This could be your space at work, school, home or your bedroom.
25. A TASTE OF SUMMER/WINTER: Show us what the season is like where you are.
26. FUN STUFF!: A game, something that makes you laugh, drinks with friends, laughter…
27: SOMETHING I BOUGHT: What’s something you purchased today or in the past. Perhaps it’s something big like a car, your house or something small like a packet of chewing gum.
28. DINNER: We’ve done lunch and breakfast, now it’s time for dinner.
29: WINDOW: Get creative for this one. Search for a window and take a photo. You could take a photo looking in, or looking out.
30. BEST INVENTION EVER: What thing that’s been invented are you glad is here?
31. POLKA DOT: Find something covered in spots and share it!
My absolute favourite song at the moment is Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen. I don’t like the video clip but the song itself is really happy and reflective of how I’m feeling about life at the moment. It’s been a rocky couple of years and at times we’ve really struggled with what life’s thrown at us, but everything is starting to fall into place. The husband has a job, I’ve settled in to my new department, we found and bought a house (eek!), just bought a new car (so that I don’t have to suffer the buses that never come and the trains full of disease), and now I can finally say that we’re expecting a little one! Everything just seems to be falling into place.
Because of everything that’s been happening, my Project 365 this year has been falling way behind. I honestly just haven’t found the time or the motivation to keep it going, especially with everything we’ve had to do this year. I’ve been a bit preoccupied! Maybe I’ll pick it up again next year.
At times I feel like we’re just one disaster happening after another, but I suppose that’s what makes life interesting. It really does feel like this year anything could happen and our lives are going to change so much very soon.
Another filler of daisies. Such a happy flower in a happy colour.
Yet another filler – taken at the National Rhododendron Garden last year.
Filler today – cherry blossoms taken at the National Rhododendron Garden last year. It’s always so pretty in spring.
Filler of cherry blossoms
Filler today, some yellow flowers taken at the National Rhododendron Garden.
Another filler today. It’s very hard to take photos of bees because they just fly away, seemingly just to annoy me. Oh well, here’s some lovely lavender instead.
Filler of flowers. Taken last year at the National Rhododendron Garden.
Budding agapanthus look so awesome.
I love petals on the ground, and purple is such a striking colour.
Day 17 – Auckland to Rangitoto to Auckland to Melbourne
Our last day in New Zealand and we decided to spend a calm morning jumping off a bridge. We went bungy jumping off the Auckland bridge and because they went in reverse weight order I had to go last. It was pretty funny watching the other people do it because there was a school group of like maybe 13 or 14 year olds and they were cheering on their classmates doing the jump. There was one poor girl who was so scared that she got some ‘encouragement’ in the form of a push off the edge. The scariest part of the jump would have been when they tell you to put your toes over the edge and they hang the counterweight over. Willing yourself to jump is the hardest part, but the rest of it is so much fun and easy. I thought that it would kind of jerk up at the bottom, but my jump was more like a gentle swing after the terrifying free fall. That’s one thing I can cross off my bucket list now!
In the afternoon we headed out to Rangitoto Island, which is an inactive volcano. We ran into the same school group again and we all hiked to the top of the volcano. The view of Auckland from the top was amazing. It was a pretty interesting walk and very tiring. I got a lot of good photos of moss. We also explored old lava caves, which was hard without a proper torch. The iPhone torch did okay though, just light enough to see and dim enough that I didn’t see any spiders and completely freak out.
We got back to Auckland and did some last minute souvenir shopping before heading to the airport. We had some dinner at the airport after returning the car, then hopped on the plane and headed home.
Overall it was an amazing trip. New Zealand definitely gets points for being so beautiful and picturesque. My photos don’t do it any justice, but at least I’ll have the memories of being there. It was jam packed and I think it’s the type of place where you could spend ages and still not see everything. I’ve tried a lot of new things and surprisingly really enjoyed it all, bungy jumping, Zorbing, swimming with dolphins, white water rafting, sea kayaking, glacier hike, canyon swing, caving, rode a segway, and just driving around and taking it all in. The most amazing thing about the whole thing was that the husband and I didn’t get into any arguments even when we were lost!
Day 10 – Kaikoura
We went swimming with dolphins today and I’m very glad I took some travel sickness pills because it was rocky on the water! We got geared up with wetsuits and snorkelling equipment. I’m a pretty confident swimmer, but I’m no snorkeler so it felt really claustrophobic in the mask. It took me a while to get used to it and I swallowed a bit a sea water, but once I did I was fine.
We were told that we had to entertain the dolphins so we would hum tunes through the snorkels and dive under and basically act like idiots to attract them. It worked though because they were around us and playing with us within minutes. It was incredible to see them up so close and I think they really enjoyed hanging around us, no touching though. The husband thought it was hilarious when I was following after a dolphin and it pooed in my face. I definitely had a shower after that!
We spent what must have been about 4o minutes swimming around in various spots, but it felt like 5 minutes. After that we got back up onto the boat and got hosed down by some hot water and just enjoyed the view. When we were swimming we were with small pods of up to 10-12 dolphins, but then we found a massive pod of about 100-150 dolphins including some seals, birds, and baby dolphins. It was amazing and photos just don’t do it justice. I found it was much more enjoyable to just put away the camera (was getting mostly rubbish shots anyway) and just be in the moment.
When we got back we had a massive big breakfast and drove up to Ohau, which is where a lot of the seals go to mate in the fresh water. There weren’t many baby seals around near the waterfall, but there was one that just ignored us and was happy to just swim around and do tricks.
Back to the daisy bush for today’s photo. The bush was full just a few weeks ago. A lot of them have started dying off, but hopefully it is just the cycle they are going through and they’ll be back in no time.
I don’t really have any access to real poppies today (Remembrance Day) so the daisies will have to do.
I had to go into the city today for a training program, which was actually a nice break from my normal routine and also gave me the opportunity to catch up with some of my old workmates. One of the things I miss is the walk to and from the train station because I get to walk down a lovely quiet tree lined street rather than a busy main road like my current route to work. There’s a lovely house on the corner that looks beautiful when the wisteria blooms over the ugly concrete wall/fence. So pretty. I should go for walks down that way more often.
These cute little flowers were sitting against the base of an old wooden fence of a house that kind of looks like it’s from the English countryside, but is just in suburban Melbourne. I thought it would be rude to take a photo of someone’s house, so flowers it is!
I have no idea what these flowers are called, but they sure look interesting! Love the colours.
I can understand why these are called bird of paradise. They’re so colourful and pretty.
We used to have jasmine growing in our backyard but then we had to change the fence because it had rotted away underneath. The smell of jasmine always takes me back to my childhood. It reminds me of a simpler and easier time before life got a little more complex. At the moment there is a lot of jasmine out along my walk to and from work so it’s quite nice.