Favourite Place.


The Instructions

Weekly photo-challenge. This week, share an image of your happy place, a secret spot you love, or a faraway location you return to again and again.


I like to take my hourly walking exercise through the Papeete Pā’ōfa’i Gardens most evenings. I walk from around 5pm when the temperature is cooler. Many people enjoy leisure time here too.

The beautiful park offers so many activities in a relatively small area.

These are my photos from last evening.

A favourite place for dog walks

Somewhere to sit down and relax.
Or work out with your friends.
Or cycle around
Play beach football
Children busy in one of the the play area.
Ukulele players
Outrigger canoes are launched from the beach in the gardens.
There are six cats living in the gardens. They are fed every night without fail by a lovely retired couple.
In the stadium at the end of the gardens events take place. Last night I heard the French singer Louane doing her sound check before her public performance.

There are beautiful trees and flowers.

Sunset over the water.

This is one of my favourite places to be.

“I’d rather be….”

Posted in response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. “I’d rather be…”


The Instructions.

If given the choice, what would you rather be doing, right now?


My husband would rather be out cycling. Not fixing a puncture.

Typical to get a puncture just as you think you’ve spotted a dry weather window for the two hour cycle.

With a dreadful weather forecast for thunderstorms and rain, the odds are against him.

Thunderstorm warning.
Success. A dry cycle there and back.

I would rather be washing out my husbands cycle kit in the sunshine, than worrying that he’s still out there.

I can hear a distant rumble. I convince myself that it’s a container ship being loaded up on the dock close by. I know that’s not true, as the port authority staff are still on strike.

I hate lightening and would rather hide away inside the boat doing my yoga.

Such is life in paradise.

Strike

Honest hard working people are angry in French Polynesia. First they had a protest march through Papeete. Now they are out on strike in true Tahitian style.

Striking postal workers staying relaxed.

Why? Well the government has upped the pension age and reduced the pension. I empathise as I have to wait 6 years longer to get my UK pension.

Most of the striking workers enjoyed sitting in the sunshine snacking on food from one of the many Takeaways.

Hungry work being on strike.

The police were out in force. They had some traffic control duties but the roads were quiet. Most people chose to stay away, were on strike or both.

Out in force.

Many of the potential trouble makers opted for a beer in the shade whilst discussing their predicament.

Discussing strike options in the heat of the day.

I hope the situation will be resolved soon but with two determined bodies of people, this could go on for a while.

A face in the crowd.


The Instructions.

Create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.” Explore silhouettes, shadows, orientation, and other ways to mask your subject. As you hide the defining characteristics of your model, notice which traits continue to stand out. Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling? Without color, does your impression of that person change?


Sitting patiently awaiting their fate.

It’s always sad to see a reputable business go under the hammer.

Polite staff, selling luxury goods at the high end of the market.

Spare a thought for the dummies. Stripped of their dignity and some bearing job lot numbers.

Watching and waiting. A face in the crowd.

Enthusiastic crowds eyed up a potential bargain. Others traipsed behind their partners, concerned about the effect the auction would have on their wallets.

Job lots of high quality jewellery ready to be auctioned.

Meanwhile the dummy ladies do their best to entice the punters in. The more money made at auction, the better the chance that the staff will be paid.

Shy

All was calm in the marina this morning, no swell. The Muscovy Duck was catching a few rays of sunshine and appeared dry and relaxed. Breakfast was prepared and ready for us to eat in the cockpit but John had disappeared. I thought it a bit weird that he should choose that moment to spray WD40 on his bikes which are secured near the marina gate.

Moments later I was presented with a rose and a bouquet of local grown flowers from the market. Today is Valentines Day. John admitted to being embarrassed about buying Valentine flowers. I had made one of my card creations for John, not a fair exchange really but it was made with love.

Valentines day can be a cruel day. The teenage school girls in Tahiti are demonstrative with their newly presented roses and often look smug rather than smitten. I’ve seen girls purchasing their own roses from the local garage, glancing quickly around to check that no one in their peer group has noticed. Such is the pressure.

Having purchased a baguette a couple of hours later, I noticed that the flower sellers in the market were having a field day. Men young and old seemed shy and embarrassed as they make their choice of bouquet. Token gesture or completely over the top, what message should they give.

A shy Tane scurrying away with Valentine flowers.

On closer observation I was happy to note that families old and young bought flowers too.

Oh no. Not helium balloons.

I don’t want to be too harsh on the concept of Valentines Day but I loathe the fact that it has become another commercial gimmick. How could you possibly approve of a bunch of flowers containing an inflated Chinese helium balloon. So bad for the environment.

Day 4 “Bliss” Add Caption

The Instructions.

What is bliss to you?
See the short description under the photo? That’s a caption. Today add a caption to your image so viewers know what they’re looking at!


Today I saw the blissful look in the eyes of a little dog called Napoleon, he was being gently caressed, secure in the arms of his owner.

Across the road was an adoption booth organised by the charity SPAP. Animal protection service of Polynesia.

It is true when SPAP say:

“Every day, puppies, dogs and kittens are abandoned in the streets. Every day, animals are abused and suffer from the wickedness of man.”

The object of SPAP is the improvement of animal conditions and reduce animal abuse in French Polynesia. The charity provides shelter, sterilisation campaigns, and public empowerment on the topic of animal welfare.

Today at the SPAP adoption booth, despite the rain, the cheery volunteers were optimistic that their two dogs and two puppies would find their forever home. These are the lucky few.

SPAP volunteers at the booth with their dogs for adoption. If they were all adopted, that would be bliss.
This is photo of the SPAP charity booth with the volunteers and animals for adoption. If anyone adopts these little dogs, then they will love you forever in return.

What is bliss for me?

It would be seeing the blissful look in the eyes of a little rescue dog as he was being gently caressed, secure in the arms of his new owner.

Day 3 “Water” Image orientation.

The Instructions

When composing today’s photo of water, experiment with both horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) orientations.


Today I had fun playing around with my Galaxy S8 phone camera. I took landscape /portrait photos using different water themes.

Some photos were quite pretty but it was difficult to decide whether I preferred the landscape or portrait shots of the image. I think this was because the photos were too busy.

In the end I deliberately selected an unattractive scene.

Landscape Image

I actually quite liked the landscape, horizontal image. It showed the rocks in the foreground, the river estuary and nautical feature in the mid section, with the sea leading out to the Island of Moorea in the background.

Horizontal image of estuary. Moorea in the background.

Portrait Image

There was a lot of sky and foreground rocks in the vertical image. The background was insignificant.

Vertical image of estuary.

So Which One

Both photos could be used, each portrayed a different message.

Not sure what any one else thinks?

Home

Hi everyone.

I have just signed up for the 10 day Developing Your Eye photography course. I’m using my Galaxy S8 phone camera. I’m a complete novice and am keen to learn.

Developing Your Eye, Day One, “Home”

I’m from England where we still have a house but some one else lives there, so I don’t think of it as home. In 2010 my husband and I set off in our small yacht to sail around the world and this is our home. We have visited many places so don’t have a permanent address. However we have been in French Polynesia for a long time and consider our yacht in Tahiti home.

This photo was taken to celebrate New Year 2018.

Home

Be careful what you wish for.

On board Shiraz, I’m sipping tea in the cockpit and wave at my reflection in a large mirror window on the super yacht opposite.

It reminds me of a mirror, mirror joke cracked by a school friend. The joke had something to do with a man being granted his third wish and his legs dropped off.

I expect there are many young adults who wish they could be employed on a super yacht. Imagine the kudos of successfully being selected as one of the crew.

Kitted out with a new set of deck clothes emblazoned with the super yacht logo, you are ready to start work. I can only imagine the reaction when directed to the cleaners cupboard, with instructions to clean the deck, then polish the topsides.

For someone whose bedroom has never been tidied, this could be a bit of a challenge and not quite what they had in mind.