In The Spotlight: Warm Memories

With the arrival of winter and freezing morning temperatures here in New Zealand, we are all trying to stay warm and cosy. With shorter, cooler days, and less sun, one of the most important things during these months is to hold on to something that makes your day bright and brings good warm memories.


“Photos are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” You surely must have heard that phrase. So now we invite you to join us as we experience these exclusive moments, captured and shared with us thanks to our members. From the memories of fascinating places and travel spots to beautiful birds and nature, we enjoy your beautiful shots, explore the story behind them, and learn through them.


Flicking through the photos will make you happier and calmer (guaranteed!), that’s why with the help of the Excio app and our members, we are bringing you the latest best featured photos in this 'Spotlight' post. So take a seat, grab yourself a cuppa, and enjoy the photos below.


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Water drop rose by Roy Cernohorsky

" Another rose from the Parnell rose gardens. A huge variety of roses. "



Waikanae beach sunset by Jean Fleming

" Sunset at Waikanae Beach. Low tide and Kāpiti Island behind. "



Waihi Beach north end amongst the rocks by Jason MillsNZ

" Long Exposure blended nightscape of the Milky Way core rising over the sea and a rock. "



Tūturuatu by Gareth McKnight

" Shore Plover/ Tūturuatu posing against the sea wall in Plimmerton. "



Tiered Living - Vicki Finlay

" A trip into the bush bought this fungi delight. Higher up on the tree rather than low on the ground...makes for another aspect "



The way home by Tina

" An image taken while in lockdown on a daily walk heading back home. F4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 800. On the street where we live which is semi rural and remnants of mature native bush."



The bucket fountain by Emma M Hissey

" Wellington's iconic bucket fountain on Cuba Street at night. "



Sunrise by Isaac Khasawneh

" I planed to get up early and visit the Regional park but I slept through and by time I wake up I only could go to the end of our road and I captured this from our neighbor drive way."



The old jetty by Kizwiz2019

" This is a bucket list shot for me. After living down Western Lake in my childhood, I wanted to prove to myself that Lake Wairarapa could appear to be more than a big brown puddle. I am pleased I was able to achieve that. "



Reflections on Hardware by Lex Rudd

" Hardware Lane in Melbourne is a popular area for Al Fresco Dining. This image was captured using a Nikon D7200. Settings were Settings were 1/40s, f11, 24mm and iso400"



Scale by jwpkingston

" A solo car takes the road down to Milford Sound whilst waterfalls cascade down from the clouds above. ISO360 f/8.0 1/250sec 38mm Milford Sound "



Idyllic by Occasionalclimber

" A dusk view across the tarn to our campsite and Mt Kendall, Biggs Tops, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand. This kind of solitude is a gift. As our human population continues to rise it will be a rare gift indeed / Nikon P7800, a stitch of 2 landscape shots, F4, 1/40, ISO 100, 28mm"



Plover Eye by Gareth McKnight

" Close up of the rare and critically endangered Shore Plover/Tūturuatu. As of 2017 there is a wild population of only 240 birds. Making this one of the rarest shore birds in the world. "



Reflection by Lisa Yates Photography

" After spotting a feather on a branch I gently collected it to use in the photo. I had a picture in my head of what I wanted and my glass oven top served as the perfect surface for it. "



New Zealand Tui by Vandy Pollard 2020

" Tui are members of the honeyeater family and their curved bill and long tongue is used to reach deep into flowers to drink nectar. Tui return to my garden mid winter to feed on the ripening Coprosma berries and oranges I place in my Kowhai trees. The two white feather tufts on their throat are called Poi and the lacy white neck collar has very fine white feathers. 70-200mm 2.8 cropped. "



Night Lights by Garry Reid

Photo taken from MyClymonts bridge Albany in Auckland



Ohau Clouds by Peter Haworth

" Long exposure over the still waters of Lake Ohau as sunset approaches. 60 sec, f11, ISO 100 "


Mutual admiration? by Occasionalclimber

" A seal seems to laugh through the glass of an underwater viewing chamber while doing a back flip. The little girl instinctively reaches out to make contact, Melbourne Zoo. Though I took this shot, until later I never realised just what a lovely moment in time I'd captured / Nikon D7000, F8, 1/60, ISO 500, 48mm "



Nature in pastel by Ivan D

" Light is everything. Early in the morning and just before sunset, you can create magic with your camera. "



Mechano by t h e 6 .7

"..... Black then white are all I see in my infancy. red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me. lets me see. As below, so above and beyond, I imagine drawn beyond the lines of reason.​Push the envelope. Watch it bend. Over thinking, over analysing separates the body from the mind. Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must Feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines. ....."



Mist at Dawn by Lex Rudd

" The 12 Apostles at dawn are shrouded in low level mist. The image was captured using a SonyAlpha7R2. Settings were 1/20s, f5.6, 62mm and iso200 "



Muriwai II by Roy Cernohorsky

" Sunset at Murewai beach not long ago. I enjoy the different results of in camera movement. "



Lone Tree by James Millar

" There is one tree on top of Te Mata Peak that looks out over the Tuki Tuki Valley and the Heretaunga Plains. "



Little Kaiteretere by Emma M Hissey

" Long exposure practice at Little Kaiteretere beach. "



Kookaburra by Red Nose

" My favourite Aussie bird must be the Kookaburra not only for the laugh but this one is very cute! "

In to the light by Occasionalclimber

"The longest escalator in America, the exit from a downtown subway station in Bethesda, Washington DC / Nikon D750, F5, 1/20, ISO 400, 24mm.'"



Le tour by t h e 6 .7

"..... Black then white are all I see in my infancy. red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me. lets me see. As below, so above and beyond, I imagine drawn beyond the lines of reason.​Push the envelope. Watch it bend. Over thinking, over analysing separates the body from the mind. Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must Feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines. ....."



Gannets preparing nest by Teresa Angell

" Taken on a trip to Cape Kidnappers. This gannets was passing off nesting material while in flight past his mate. "



Eye on the Prize by Vandy Pollard 2020

" I have four common Starling that frequent my garden but this breeding male sporting his winter plumage has attitude in buckets. 70-200mm cropped. "



Diwali fireworks over Wellington by Emma M Hissey

" A still night in Wellington, to celebrate the end of Diwali. "


Cityscape by Livinglaughingloving

" Wandering the city streets looking for inspiration in the city of sails. 1/1000 sec, f8, 46mm, Canon EOS 450D Auckland CBD "



A Cactus at Kolmanskop by Lex Rudd

" Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Namibia. Kolmanskop is submerged in sand now. Early kast century it was a thriving town next to a Diamond mine. The image was captured with a Nikon D7200. Settings were 1/60s, f18, 27mm and iso1000 "



Blue Flower by M & A Whyte Photography & Glassography

" A soft pastel Delphinium "



BW Nature by Ivan D

" Nature is beautiful art in black and white too...."


Feathered pilgrims by Occasionalclimber

" A daily early morning ritual unfolds as pilgrims feed pigeons at Boudhnath, Kathmandu, Nepal / Nikon D750, F11, 1/100, ISO 250, 24mm "


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