Yes it’s nearly that time of year again! This years theme is CLIMATE CHANGE and even though it’s only just been announced there has already been over 350 bloggers register their blogs. This is already big and it’s going to get bigger. The big day is OCTOBER 15 and all you have to do is:
1) register your blog here and 2) post to your blog a post that is relevant to this years theme. It’s that easy:)

****PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTED!****

Let’s show the world how much NZ cares about climate change! If you are posting in support of this years BAD event and are in NZ then please also take part in a digital collage series on the BIG DAY. Just email me a low resolution copy of your photo by OCTOBER 12 and a link to your photo blog so we can the  get the word out and make a difference! Email your LOW RES image and a link to kowhaiflower@hotmail.com  if you’d like to be included in the collage.

PS: Spread the word! BAD is GOOD!

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So much for the number 13 being bad luck! I’m a huge bird fan and  I feel truley priveleged to have gotten this photo. I would have been very happy just to have gotten photo’s of the nest, so the birds are like striking gold!

I’m still learning to use my new Nikon D40x which means I am still prone to making basic mistakes. It’sfrustrating in some ways (ok, many) and I could have spent much longer at the nest attempting to get perfect photos. However the birds themselves are more important to me and I decided to respect there space and back off. Mother bird flew away when I came by and I didn’t want to be responsible for her not coming back!

The only other time that I can recall seeing baby birds as young as these was when I was a kid and I found a nest that had fallen from a tree, the almost featherless still birds inside. I’d just gotten off the school bus so took off my sweatshirt to wrap up the birds and then took the whole lot home in my lunch box! Guess it was a sign of things to come!

INTERNATIONAL BLOG ACTION DAY…I just read this great post about not letting the burst of enthusiasm you may have felt on blog action day fade away. The writer says that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ and encourages readers to commit to doing something about poverty. Don’t let the dust settle around you! Remember…Acknowledge it and then take ACTION!

NZ Native Ponga Tree (Tree Fern.) The large unfurling frond in known as a “Koru”. The frond “unwinds” itself revealing smaller rolled up stems which grow the leaves. Each frond and strem opens until it has become one of the large fern branches you can see in the canopy and shooting out all around the frond. An amazing feat of nature that goes on silently each day. You can see a close up of a single Koru below. When the fronds die off they fall down back onto the tree’s trunk and hang there unril either narture or garvity drops them to the ground below, where they will eventually return to the earth they came from.

Even in the city I have no trouble finding green spaces to hide away in.  Tauranga isn’t a bad city to live in, it’s just that I am a country kinda girl at heart and just because I live in a city dosn’t mean I have to be at the heart of it, admist the traffic and commericalisim. I count myself fortunate that I live close enough to be able to enjoy the positive aspects of living in a city, yet close enough to find areas where I can be alone in the bush taking photos and enjoying the birds.

INTERNATIONAL BLOG ACTION DAY FOLLOW UP: Yesterday saw a record number of visitors drop by my blog, my thanks to all that visited! Some of the visits here were directed by links from other CPD bloggers, 1 was Greenville Daily Photo which looks at education being a key tool in helping fight poverty  and also has a thought provoking post on homelessness entitled “those amongst us.” Please go and check both posts out! I posted to a simialr theme here so if you missed it please take a look! A lovely London DP blogger  posted a link to my blog on there post about being non-judgemental of those that are living in poverty.  (Just follow the link to read the post!) On the International Blog Action Day I came accross this post by a digital photography school- 17 photos of poverty. and I reccomend you book mark this site and pay it a visit.  Very thought provoking photography!

What can you do to help fight poverty? The answer is simple.

Acknowlege it and then take Action.

There’s no shame in feeling the effects of poverty but there is shame seeing it and doing nothing about it.

This years INTERNATIONAL BLOG ACTION DAY has put the international spotlight on POVERTY. As of 8.35pm on the eve of this years blog action day there was an impressive  8,559 blogs registered to participate. Imagine that! 8,559 bloggers who care enough about helping bring poverty out of the shadows and into the public eye.

Wikipedia defines poverty as ‘deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life, including food, clothing, shelter and safe drinking water, and may also include the deprivation of opportunities to learn, to obtain better employment to escape poverty, and/or to enjoy the respect of fellow citizens… read the rest of this definition on the wikipedia website.

Mother Teresa said “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

Hopefully the share number of bloggers who participate in International Blog Action day and the anticipated  9,164,283 readers  at least goes some way towards helping build stronger communities and making things at least a little bit better.  Acknowledging poverty won’t make it go away but little by little we can make a difference…James Allen said  “As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown, so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed.”

Fortunately, some of the best things in life are free. You’ve probably heard it before, spending time with our families is free and living and laughing together is free. It may sound a little cliche but that doesn’t make it any less true. 

“Many good things have been lost to poverty, but it takes no money at all to step outside and appreciate our natural heritage. Poverty can’t steal from you somrthing that  is already free.”

The top 3 photos were all taken at this walking track, less than 6km from Tauranga’s city centre. It’s there for anyone to enjoy- rich or poor!

It doesn’t have to cost money to create memories  and preserving our heritage doesn’t need to cost money.Treasure what you have, do what you can to make the world a nicer place and remember that poverty, no matter how severe can’t steal from you that which is already free.

 

Yesterday was an old boat and today a free boat…well it wasn’t really, it’s a long story but I thought it made a great photo!

 

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