It has been a long time since my creative juices flowed and this beautiful peony has helped this evening. This photograph was taken on Sunday when I visited a local garden during the Wyndham Street Races in memory of Burt Munro. Most would know Burt from Anthony Hopkins portrayal of him in The World's Fastest Indian.
The soft pink with the darker mauve petals beneath make this quite an unusual peony, to me. I have very little knowledge of peonies, so I can't tell you what it is called.
The waxeye, Zosterops lateralis, is a popular little bird that comes into our gardens looking for berries and nectar. Here he is sitting in a Southern Rata at Hagley Park, Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Although their natural habitat is the bush, the waxeye, also known as the silvereye or the white-eye, are unafraid of the populous and are often found in the gardens around our homes where they eat fats and . It is not known whether these little birds are native to Aotearoa/New Zealand and may have, originally, been blown across the Tasman Sea from Australia where they can also be found. Its Māori name, Tauhou, means 'little stranger'.
A few weeks ago I wandered back to Maple Glen only to find a cheeky bird was roaming the nursery and came down to check me out. He was an Indian Ringnecked Parakeet, or Psittacula krameri. You can read about these birds here.
This time I decided to create some word art via wordle. Using the names of our native trees in Aotearoa/New Zealand, this composition was fun to do. Hope you like the concept. Many of the names are in Te Reo Māori, the language of the Māori of Aotearoa.
Again, I have used wmtrees 1 by Willy Mac available for free download here.
This wallpaper was created using an image from Dover which has been made into a ding in the font, ArtDeco.ttf, by Denise Clendenin and is freely available here. Thank you, Denise and thank you, Dover Publications. I love the Art Deco style of gold with a black bakelite and decided to try and imitate this look here.
Many years ago I spent a week in New York and have many wonderful memories of that fascinating city. On the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue is The Chrysler Building, an Art Deco style skyscraper. I fell in love with this gorgeous building back then, and when our theme turned to Art Deco, this was definitely a chance for me to use a photograph by Leena Hietanen found on wikimedia commons and tubed before using a filter to create this unusual effect.
The original photograph is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License, which means I am free to share and make derivative works of the file so long as I appropriately attribute it, and distribute it only under a license identical to the above.
Using the new theme of the month, Art Deco, I have created a modern day wallpaper using the design of that style.
Waipapa Point Lighthouse, in the Catlins, not far from where I live, is a lovely un-manned, and, now, what seems to be sadly neglected, lighthouse on the south coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand. I have created another wallpaper using photographs of this same lighthouse, namely The Red Door from 25 February 2010.
One of the worst shipwrecks in the history of Aotearoa/New Zealand was off the shores of Waipapa Point when, in 1881, 131 people were drowned when the passenger steamer, Tararua, was wrecked on a reef off Waipapa Point.
To begin the theme for April of Art Deco, I have chosen one of my favourites of the silent movie era, Louise Brooks aka Lulu. This wallpaper is created using an image of Louise from Wikimedia Commons, an image which is in the public domain. I enlarged the image and using Corel Paint Shop Pro and a filter called Filter Forge to alter the image, and using an effect within PSP, change to target, painted the lips red.
This one is a beautiful large rose from my garden. It grows outside my lounge room and is a stunner. I have played a bit with blend modes and grunge brushes to create an all pink wallpaper.
Hope you enjoy it. The rose was here when I came and no-one thought to leave a list of the roses and I haven't any idea what name belongs with this beauty. :) I found out the name of the last rose, the purple one. It is Ebb Tide, and I've updated my blog with the name on my last post.
Waipapa Point on the south coast of the South Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand is a beautiful place to visit. Sea Lions abound there and there is a disused lighthouse on the point. I was fascinated with the door and the many steps up the hill to that door, a red door, locked and probably no-one has been inside in years.
The swirl is from a PSP Shape from Judy at TOC. Thank you, Judy.
I was reminded today of St Valentines Day. Who was St Valentine and why do we celebrate him on 14 February each year? I do not know.
What I do know is somewhere, oh, not so long ago, we stopped saying St Valentines Day and started saying Valentines Day. Why? That I don't know either. Maybe someone can enlighten me. I'd forgotten about this.
Anyway, here's wishing everyone a wonderfully happy celebration of St Valentines Day this coming Sunday, 14 February.
I have created a desktop in honour of this day and hope you like it. You can download the zip with three different sizes here.
Chinese New Year is also on 14 February and you will find a gorgeous rich red desktop by Judy on her website for Chinese New Year.
Both of these desktops are part of the RED theme running through from our small group of creators for A Touch of Class. I hope you enjoy what we have for you all for this month of February.
On Friday, the XX1 Winter Olympic Games will begin from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the Opening Ceremony and many of us will be watching as, yet again, another Games Opening Ceremony will absorb us.
I have created a new desktop, this time in acknowledgement of this sporting event. Many thanks to Judy of www.judyattoc.com for the use of her psp maple leaf shape used in this new desktop from me, which I hope you will enjoy.
This time, a vintage Fire Truck photograph I took last year at the Gore Agricultural and Pastoral [A&P] Show.
One of the great things about country living is the different types of shows and festivals happening in the various towns around the countryside over summer. This past weekend was Crank Up, the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club event, held each year at the end of January. Next month is the Hokonui Moonshine Festival held in Gore, a large town situated about 40 kilometres from where I live, as well as the Waimumu Field Days held in Waimumu, not quite so far from here.
You can download a zip of this desktop in three sizes here.
Thank you for popping by and taking a look at what is available on my blog.
Please take some time to check out the other blogs in A Touch of Class, links are in the side panel, and take a look at the cards too. I'll be making a card, using the same design, shortly.
I recently took a wander over to Porpoise Bay, in the Catlins, where the Hectors Dolphins can often be seen playing amongst the kayakers and swimmers of the Bay. Curio Bay is another Bay just around the corner where a jurassic petrified forest can be seen.
This desktop shows the headland at Porpoise Bay with surf crashing on it. I have zipped up three different sized desktops and you can find them here.
Thanks for popping by.
A Touch of Class have some lovely cards available here.