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Today was an absolutely stunning day - both in the park and on the beaches.  I may have gotten a tad snap-happy... 

I returned home with well over 100 images - in fact, I believe the figure was close to 150!!  Unsurprisingly, I have struggled to narrow the blog selection down to just a handful.  So here five and a bit handfuls instead...

This beautiful Tui greeted me as I entered the park.  Unfortunately, the foliage and my lack of photography skills has resulted in a lack-lustre image, but I'm posting it nonetheless in the hope that one day I'll have a spectacular image to compare it against:

 

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Loving the detail in the magnolia against the blur of the background:

 

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I have said this before and will say it again: I love the morning light in the park!!  The light and shade, the detail in he foreground and the sparkle in the background are truly magical and all I had to do was point, focus and click:

 

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Images like this transport me into the park where I can feel the early morning sun on my skin and the fresh crisp air filling my lungs:

 

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I quite like this composition - in particular, the way in which the magnolia bud and branch in the background frames the magnolia in the foreground:

 

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Now that I'm uploading it, I'm not qure why this one made the cut, but here it is:

 

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I like this composition - just a pity about the shadow cast across the subject:

 

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Not sure if the focus is quite right on this one:

 

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This image has that lovely early morning feel about it:

 

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Loving the depth of colour in this one and of course the way in which the branches in the background are framing the subject in the foreground:

 

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Nature is filled with the most interesting shapes:

 

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More gorgeous colours:

 

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I love the mood in this one - and of course the composition itself:

 

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This is a stunning image of spring - begging to be inscribed with prose:

 

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The colour in these particular magnolias is simply delicious:

 

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I managed to capture a pair of sea gulls in flight - mostly in focus:

 

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I also managed to capture Molly in flight - just as difficult to get in focus as sea gulls - in fact, more so:

 

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I quite like this image - not sure why, I just do:

 

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If only the birds were a little higher - with the sea and foliage as their immediate background:

 

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Great action shot - almost in focus.  I wonder what that dorsal fin like object is??

 

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Another potentially cool shot - if only the bird in flight was better in focus:

 

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Another potentially great action shot - if only the birds in flight were more in focus:

 

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I LOVE this image:

 

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Not too sure about this one - but I'm just proud of the fact that I managed to capture birds in flight:

 

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Moss and debris - kind of funky:

 

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Slimy:

 

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I quite like this landscape - pity about the houses though:

 

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