2017 Favourite Photos…and chocolates!


These are a few of my favourite things…..

It’s always hard when asked for your *favourite of anything.  Unless it’s chocolate of course, I love Turkish Delight and chocolate coated sultanas, just in case you’re wondering!

Our three daughters are always asking which one of them is our favourite – and I never give them a straight answer as I don’t have a favourite – they each have their own personality and endearing qualities.

So when I saw the Weekly photo challenge prompt asking for our *favourite photo of 2017,  I had to think long and hard!

It’s been a big year for me in regards to photography, joining in with a 52 week photo project with a set theme each week, moving on from taking photos solely on my iPhone to using a more complex and technical camera more recently.

I must say it’s also been a big year for me in regards to travels – the main highlights have been TasmaniaFlinders RangesFiji and New Zealand.

Some of these photos I’ve shared already….

As you can see, just like my daughters, I can’t pick one favourite!

In considering this selection I thought back to the time I took the photo, how I was feeling at the time, what the view made me feel and what I saw. And if I can recall those same feelings when looking at the photo, months or years later, I know it’s a favourite!

Do you have a *favourite from this selection? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I always enjoy participating in these weekly challenges (when I can) and appreciate all the likes and comments left to me.

As Forrest Gump said: “My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” My blog’s a bit like that at times!

All the best for the new year and I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Deb xx

*Favourite – this is the Australian spelling so I had to change the weekly photo challenge spelling as I just can’t use it if it looks so wrong!

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  One thought on “2017 Favourite Photos…and chocolates!

  1. December 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Those are some beauts! I can’t pick a fave either!

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    • December 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Jodi, I know it’s really hard isn’t it? Thanks for all your lovely comments, visits and likes during the year, you’ve been so supportive of my world and I truly appreciate it. Hugs xx

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  2. December 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    They’re all gorgeous, but I always have a fondness for beach pictures, so yours are particularly lovely to me. In fact, I wouldn’t mind being on a beach right now!

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    • December 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks very much Carrie – is this the time I tell you that we’re off to the beach for Christmas and will be enjoying a very relaxed time swimming and walking along the beach??? I must say that beach photo is particularly nice especially as there’s no-one around! All the best to you Carrie and thanks for stopping by my world.

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      • December 22, 2017 at 12:06 am

        Have a wonderful time! I’m definitely jealous. But in a good way. 😊

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  3. December 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    The close-up of the hibiscus is stunning! My mom had those in her yard when I was growing up. 🙂

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    • December 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Monica, I love hat one too. The yellow is so pretty! I was visiting my mum last week and there are even more flowers on the shrub now, than when I took this photo. Best wishes for the holiday season to you and your family.

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  4. December 21, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Lovely photos Debbie! You take so many gorgeous shots so no wonder it was hard to choose. All the best for a lovely Xmas and 2018 xxxx

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    • December 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks so much for your constant support and encouragement Annie! You are a real gem and I wish you and Paul a happy year ahead too.xx

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  5. www.retirementreflections.com
    December 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    You are an amazing photographer, Deb. I agree that it is very hard to choose from your selection above. But if pressed…I would choose ‘Winter’.

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    • December 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Oh that’s great to hear Donna!! I was feeling quite creative that day as I drove up the driveway after opening the gate and getting wet in the rain! It’s definitely a fave! I must thank you for all your friendship during the year. Your support and visits have been a great boost and I am so pleased to have connected with you. Take care and enjoy the holidays, although I’m guessing yours will be a tad different to our summery days at the beach! All the best to you both xx

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      • www.retirementreflections.com
        December 22, 2017 at 2:27 am

        I feel the exact same way about you Debbie.
        Wishing a warm, safe, happy and healthy holiday to you and your family.
        xx Donna

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  6. Chris
    December 21, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    What a fantastic collection of photos – a beautiful world you live in 🙂 I particularly like the bottom 3!

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    • December 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      I appreciate your thoughts Chris, thanks for joining in! I agree with you, I live in a beautiful part of the world and I am spoilt for choice. All the best to you.

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  7. December 21, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Loved them all, and love Forest Gump! Merry Christmas Deb. Xx

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  8. cherylking55
    December 21, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Debbie, loved your photos. For me, the best is Blue Lake. Made me wish I was there sitting on the grass with everyone!!

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    • December 22, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Cheryl, I think that’s way up there for me too. I did use it for the feature pic on my post after all!! Our picnic was a lovely break in a big day of walking.

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  9. December 22, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Glorious photos, Deb! thanks for sharing your favorites!

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  10. Sheila
    December 22, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Great selection of photos Deb, I like them all but there is something about the Lake Taupo photo, such drama!

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  11. December 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    You had a splashing year, Debbie, and captured it beautifully in words and images.
    We’ve been blessed to follow you.
    Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and more adventures in the new year.

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    • December 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      That’s so lovely of you to say Lucile, it’s been an amazing year and I’ve been so lucky to have these adventures. I’ve enjoyed your posts this year too and value your friendship. All the best for 2018, we may even be travelling your way at some stage!!

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      • December 31, 2017 at 1:36 am

        I’m happy for you Debbie and grateful for our connection. Please let me know if you decide to travel my way! That would be wonderful.
        My very best wishes for 2018!

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  12. December 22, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    OMG, too funny. Firstly, my favourites are Turkish Delight and choc coated sultanas too, secondly, I’ve JUST finished writing my Favourites post for this week and guess what quote I used. Yep, Forrest Gump. Great minds think alike. Beautiful photos here Deb. You had a brilliant year. xo

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    • December 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      No way!! We are like two peas in a pod 😊 thanks for letting me know, I can’t wait to read it. Yes it’s been a big year and so it continues…. thanks for everything this year, I love your inspirational posts, your positive comments and all your support. Thanks and all the best to you for 2018 xx

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      • December 22, 2017 at 8:54 pm

        Yep, definitely two peas in a pod. Just putting finishing touches on my post now. 🙂 I agree, it’s been a big year Deb. Ditto to all your comments, I’ve loved following you on all your fantastic trips. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and here’s to lots more adventures in 2018. xo

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  13. December 23, 2017 at 9:56 am

    All gorgeous Debbie but I am choosing the bottom right with the turquoise water. Warms my snow covered frozen to the core self. 🙂 Happy holidays to you and your family. xo

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    • December 23, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts Sue! I’m at the beach right now enjoying some warm summer days. Stay warm over there and enjoy your Christmas xx

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  14. December 24, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Hi all the pictures are beautiful and love the ones with sky, lagoon and flower. Wish you a blissful new year.

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  15. December 30, 2017 at 6:01 am

    My favourite is the house on the hill. There’s something really evocative about it – the gentle swell of the hill juxtaposed with the straight lines of the building; its solitary position; it’s power as a look into the past and a device to force us to think about who lived there and what their lives were like.

    Plus the way you’ve positioned the house in the frame – looking up at it so our eyes move up the frame from the natural world to the very man-made structure at the top … and you’ve also positioned the house on a third (a good technical aspect of the shot) … so for me there’s a lot to like aesthetically and technically.

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    • December 30, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      That’s a very detailed and technical comment thank you Sharon, and I’m happy to have your thoughts. That’s one of my favourites too (obviously or it wouldn’t be in my post) but for the main reason I liked the simplicity of the shot and the starkness. Your words make it sound so much better than I could ever describe so thanks for the technical response, it’s much appreciated.

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  16. December 31, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Favourite is the English spelling too! 😊 I love the bottom 3 landscape photos of yours if I really had to pick favourites! I had a box of Turkish delight for Christmas – it’s gran’s tradition present to all her grandchildren! 😊 Happy 2018 to you 😊

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    • December 31, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Linda! I can’t imagine a whole box of Turkish Delight, I’d be in heaven!! Can I have your Gran as my secret Santa one year?? Happy New Year 🎉

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  17. December 31, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thank you for sharing your world with us – it is breathtakingly beautiful! I hope to come and see it for myself one day…

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  18. josypheen
    December 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I think I love the geothermal colours best, but you have sooo many good uns to choose from! 😀

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    • January 1, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Thanks Josy, I agree they are great colours and so natural, no enhancements needed there! I appreciate your thoughts and happy new year!

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  19. December 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I am drawn to the tree roots photo, not sure why but I find it fascinating.

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    • January 1, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Thanks Lucy, those old trees were amazing and so full of stories – if only the could talk! I love them too 🙂

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  20. December 31, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    These are AMAZING photos Debbie. No wonder you can’t pick a favourite. What really strikes me is the variety of colour in your selection. I can’t pick one favourite either, but I LOVE the old tree, the lone boat and the orangey field.

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    • January 1, 2018 at 8:32 am

      That’s funny you say that Hayley because I love colour and hadn’t really noticed the variety. I just love taking photos of what I see around me so I’m thrilled when others enjoy them. Thanks for leaving me a comment 🙂 All the best for 2018 and making more connections.

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  21. January 1, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Such a beautiful selection Debbie! Your photo overlooking Blue Lake has me wanting to be right there with you – with a turkish delight or bag of chocolate-covered sultanas 🙂

    Happy 2018 to you and yours Debbie!

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    • January 1, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Thanks Em, you’d be very welcome to join me there anytime! All the best for 2018 🙂

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  22. March 22, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Those photos are full of life and inspiration. Especially that sunset at Maketu and the beach. Anyhow, looking forward to more of this.

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