Weekly photo challenge: Circle – Hobbiton, NZ

The famous circular doors of Hobbiton, New Zealand

Although I’m not really a big fan of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, we visited Hobbiton New Zealand aka The Real Middle Earth aka The Shire during our stay on the North Island as my husband really wanted to go. I enjoyed my visit (I thought it was pretty cute!) and all those little Hobbit houses have made for my perfect first Weekly photo challenge submission of 2016: Circle.

Discover the real Middle Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand.
Count the circles!
Rainbow Lorikeet, Port Douglas

Weekly Photo Challenge: ROY G. BIV aka RAINBOWS!

This week’s photo challenge is the theme ROY G. BIV – or to put it simply, Rainbow.

I love rainbows but rather than posting a photo of one I decided to think outside the box. What could be more rainbow than a Rainbow Lorikeet? The clue’s in its name after all.

This photo was taken at The Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia and is one of my favourite animal shots that I have taken.

For more rainbow fabulousness check out this week’s challenge.

Moroccan special – Weekly photo challenge: On the way

As my Morocco posts seem to be quite popular and as I enjoy participating in the odd WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, this week I thought I would combine the two!

This week’s theme is On The Way – sharing photos taken on the way to something else.

Firstly, a view from the aeroplane on the way from London to Marrakech…

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An intriguing and intricate door on the way around the souks…

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And the sun bouncing off of the 4×4 on the way to the Atlas Mountains…

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What do you think?

For more photography, check out the WWPC.

Las Vegas in motion – Weekly photo challenge

I enjoy taking part in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and this weeks theme of Motion gave me the perfect opportunity to showcase a few snaps from when I visited Las Vegas.

The hotels themselves put on quite a spectacle, with perhaps the Bellagio fountains being the most famous of them all…

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But let’s not forget The Mirage and its impressive volcano outside…

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As well as the dolphins on the inside. I had to be quick on the button to capture this dolphin jumping out of the water…

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To capture the essence of Las Vegas, I played around with shutter speeds on my DSLR to get this shot of cars streaking by on the strip with the casinos in the background in all their neon glory.

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Viva Las Vegas!

Venice at sunrise – Weekly photo challenge: Early bird

I love a weekend summer morning. A bright, fresh, brand new day ahead of me gives me a sense of optimism and freedom – especially if I have no plans for the day. Ironically, I am not really “a morning person” and as much as I love a sunny morning, I love my bed and my weekend lie-in more. However, sometimes we have no choice but to get up before sunrise and sometimes we are glad that we did.

After a long weekend in Venice, our departure was an early one, but this was one of those ‘drag yourself out of bed’ moments you can look back on and be grateful for. St Mark’s Square at sunrise is wonderfully peaceful and a complete contrast to the the square during the day, overcrowded with tourists.

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These photos were taken at approximately 5.30am, when there was just us, one or two early morning wanderers and the pigeons up and awake. Oh and not forgetting a bride, groom and photographer… although I wasn’t sure if they were genuine newlyweds or if they were actually fashion models. I didn’t like to ask, but either way they were avoiding potential photo-bombers.

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If you’re in Venice, try to take a walk at dawn. But shhh keep it to yourself otherwise everyone will be doing it!

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For more Early Bird inspiration, check out this week’s photo challenge.