A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Orange

Once a week Sue dips into her old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at. The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

In this week’s photo challenge, capture an image that tells a full story.

Aratiatia Dam

Before construction of the dam and hydro station, the Aratiatia Rapids were a prominent feature on the Waikato River. The dam construction meant that no water flowed over the rapids. However, several times a day, the Arariaria dam gates of the Waikato River are opened, which restores the rapids to their normal operation. There are several public lookout points on the high rock bluffs that dominate this turbulent stretch of Aratiatia Rapids.

Moments before the dam gates opened



Floral Friday : Graskop Agapanthus

Grassland Agapanthus

Agapanthus inapertus ‘Graskop’


Graskop is an unusual deciduous Agapanthus.

Also known as the Lily of the Nile, this agapanthus is an absolute show stopper. The dark violet blue flowers emerge almost black. They sit drooping on top of a stem about 45cm high, and become more pendulous as the plant matures.


The blue agapanthus is deciduous so will disappear during the winter months, only to emerge again in the spring! The plant is fully hardy and has been known to survive down to -15°c.

The Graskop agapanthus makes a lovely container plant, and with its long green, strap like leaves, adds vivid colour and texture. They flower from late July until September and are a favourite with us here. Plant them in clumps for the maximum impact.IMG_1442

Native to:
South Africa
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A Photo a Week Challenge: Favorite Place to Visit

nancy merrill photography‘s challenge  for this week is a favourite place to visit.

Skyline Luge is a fun, fast-paced family activity that everyone of all ages will enjoy!


Found in the heart of New Zealand’s scenic volcanic wonderland, this is where the Luging adventure all began in 1985. Rotorua Luge has three tracks of differing skill levels winding through beautiful forest.


Once at the bottom, ride the scenic chairlift back to the top of the track.