Liquid

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.


The Instructions

This week’s challenge, share a photo of liquid in whatever state, shape, or color you happen to capture it in.


The Pacific Ocean is a vast moody expanse of water. I love the textures, patterns and colours of the water that I see as I travel the lagoons of Tahiti and her sister islands.

Swirling currents.

Liquid

A Playground for Watersports Lovers

Our daughter Vickey arrived in Tahiti on the Hawaiian airline flight. She had one thing in mind for her holiday relaxation… Surfing.

So we left the Papeete marina and motor sailed down to Vairao on Tahiti Iti where the serious surfers hang out.

It didn’t take long for Vickey to meet up with old surf friends and make new ones.


Whilst Vickey is out surfing, John takes his bicycle to the dock. Water provides our link to the land.

With the family off sporting, I enjoy capturing pictures of the water around me.

Unlikely

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: (Unlikely)


The Instructions

This week’s challenge is to share a photo of something unlikely.


In the Spring back in the UK I love to see the explosion of pink blossom on and around the Cherry trees. I miss the pink profusion so much. It’s highly unlikely that I will find anything so pretty in Tahiti.

I am wrong. Walking through the Paofai Gardens I find the most beautiful pink trumpet shaped flowers creating a visual delight.

Tabebuia

Tabebuia Rosea locally known as the Pink Poui.

The delicate flowers of the Pink Poui are as beautiful here in Tahiti, as the Pink Cherry blossom back home.

Lines

WordPress weekly photo-challenge


The Instructions.

As you look through your lens this week, pay attention to lines.


The word Lines holds so many meanings. It even evokes memories from my schooling so long ago.

Write twenty lines said the French school teacher. “The capital of France is Paris not the School Rugby pitch”. And stop looking out of the window.

Now, if the French teacher had said “You will need to learn French because one day you will live on a yacht in French Polynesia” my attention would have snapped back to the classroom, in an instant. My French never did improve.

So here I am attached to a mooring buoy looking through my camera lens at lines.

Lines are everywhere on yachts. Something has to hold the mast up. It’s known as the rigging.

Using a line, you can drop the hook or pick up a mooring ball in exotic locations and be at one with nature.

Colour changes depict the depth contour lines in the lagoon.

And then there’s the line of breaking surf over the reef.

Natural lines. Where sea meets sand, coconut trees, sky and clouds.

The clouds form lines.

Note the rugged outline of the island terrain forming lines in the sky.

When you look around, you find lines everywhere.

Prolific

WordPress weekly photo-challenge

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The Instructions

“This week show us your interpretation of prolific


Pearls, pearls, pearls.

They call them “Black Pearls” because they are produced by the black-lip pearl oyster but they come in different colours.

Papeete is the small capital city of French Polynesia. It is on the main island of Tahiti. Everywhere you look, there are shops selling black pearls. Many of them are outlets for the Pearl farmers from different islands or atolls in French Polynesia.

So many shops sell pearl jewellery .

Some displays are better than others

Easter /Spring theme

This shop’s a bit cluttered.

Market traders sell low quality pearls.

The pearls are graded for quality.

The Tuamotus are said to produce the best quality pearls. The oysters thrive in the pristine waters of the remote atolls. However, the farmers of the society islands claim that they are the ones that culture the finest pearls.

Some pearls cost a fortune.

Phew, just for one pearl.

This necklace costs well over $3000 despite the mouldy display model.

I could buy a new dinghy and outboard motor for that price.

As I wandered around the Pearl shops yesterday, I came across two lovely ladies working upstairs in the market. They sell the cheaper quality pearls and their display is crammed in amongst the cleaning stuff. But for all that, they were marvellous fun to chat with. I didn’t buy any pearls but they insisted on photographing me wearing an enormous pearl necklace.

Fun to chat to these ladies.

Machine used to make the holes through the Pearls

There are other types of pearls. Keshi pearls are small non-nucleated pearls typically formed as by-products of pearl cultivation. I love them.

Keisha pearls

Other jewellery is made from the pearly oyster shells. These fetch good prices as well.

Incidentally the Robert Wan Pearl Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to pearls. It is located here in Papeete.

Awakening


The Instructions.

Weekly photo-challenge. This week, show us an image of an awakening.


It’s official, the cyclone season is over…. well according to the Muscovy Duck. He must have had some form of awakening.

The Muscovy Duck; as featured in several previous blogs, spent his cyclone season by choice out of the water on the marina pontoons.

He suffered in the heavy rain and looked bedraggled at times, so against my better judgement I fed him.

He responded to my help with a waggle of his tail and a gift of a feather.

Gift

Unfortunately, he had a roucous appetite and what went in, came out quickly. It wasn’t difficult to follow his messy trail along the pontoon.

Gradually as the weather improved, so did his plumage. He flexed his wings and took a few short flights and swimming trips.

My husband and I sailed off to another island over Easter. On our return, much to my delight, we discovered the Muscovy Duck back in the water.

Fending for himself he swims around eating the marine life under the pontoons. His plumage is now magnificent.

When he spots me, he swims over and I have a little chat. He’s mute, which is just as well as he wouldn’t get a word in edgeways.

He’s such a poser. It’s hard to resist taking photos.

So is my Muscovy Duck right? Has he had a ‘spring awakening’? Is the cyclone season really over? I do hope so.

Rise /Set


The Instructions

For this weeks photo challenge, explore the vibrant, hopeful colours of your favourite sunrise or sunset.


Inspiration

It was an oil painting belonging to my Grandparents that inspired my love of sunsets. It was a beautiful painting, reflecting vibrant colours of a sunset across the sea. I knew it would never be mine. That didn’t dissapoint me. After all, it was only the artists interpretation of a sunset, captured on canvas through his eyes. A sunset that never changed.

Ever Changing Sunsets

I’ve enjoyed so many ocean sunsets since we left the UK on our small yacht eight years ago. Every sunset is different.

Tuamotus. With no land ahoy, a sunset makes a stunning contrast from just sea and sky.

Over the reef

Cape Verde

Grenada, Caribbean

On holiday. Lake Havasu in Arizona.

Ominous sky.

From Marina Taina in Tahiti.

Papeete Dock. Tahiti

I could carry on but I won’t bore you.

Sunrise does not hold me in such awe. I associate it with sleeping. At sea on a long passage, the sunrise heralded the end of my watch and John would take over. I’m often asleep for sunrise even though Tahiti comes to life at 5 am.

Sunrise. Bora Bora
Up anchor first light. Heading back to Tahiti from Bora Bora.

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.