Christchurchiana: 2014 in pictures

I’ve picked a few of my favourite photos of this year. It makes me realise – we have seen a lot.

January

Street art to the max. It was in the Canterbury Museum, it was on the streets. Brilliant stuff.
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Christ’s College gargoyle.
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Hydrangea reflections in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
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February

Sand sculpture at New Brighton.
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The trams are back.
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Hereford Street reopens.
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Last day of kindy.
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March

Flood.
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Sans camera for a while as it was water damaged by flood. Used the camera on my phone.
A tribute to Mellory Manning.
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Blue lady.
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Pallet Pavilion, with Dan Rhodes’ book.
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April

Owen Dippie’s ballerina mural on the back of the Isaac Theatre Royal.
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The Price Waterhouse Coopers site, Armagh Street.
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Bye bye to the Pallet Pavilion.
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The ladies bike through town, and past the new Botanic Gardens visitor centre.
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May

The demolition of the Majestic Theatre.
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NZSO at Central Library Peterborough.
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Dad and author Camilla Läckberg.
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Bizarro Christchurch, Southwark Street.
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Ronnie van hout on top of C1 Espresso/Alices.
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June

A ghost sign on the way out.
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Eel in the Botanic Gardens.
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A demolition at sunrise.
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New art by Mike Hewson.
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July

I am no Urbex explorer, but I did nearly fall through a window getting this photo. Tip – don’t lean on earthquake damaged windows. Lichfield Street.
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Matariki at Rehua Marae.
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Eastgate sunrise.
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Light and trees.
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Dairy at sunset.
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The re-opening of Cuningham and Townend Houses in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
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August

The beautiful sunrises and sunsets this year counterpointed bits of ruin.
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Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager.
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These guys popped up out of nowhere, and later disappeared as easily.
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Another temporary glory – the graffiti house on Cranford Street.
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Bad sign.
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WORD Christchurch.
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September

Probably my favourite of Christchurch’s new buildings – this stately reflective beauty on Cambridge Terrace.
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Christchurch Art Gallery family fun day.
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Reading in the Houses for Swamp Dwellers (a photo to promote a FESTA event)
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A spiderweb on Smith Street.
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October

Heritage Day.
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FESTA – Festival of Transitional Architecture – City Ups.
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November

The Kid meeting Kate Sheppard.
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December

A very Christchurchy Christmas in the Re:START.

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A few favourite things: 2014 in pictures: December

One of my favourite things to take photos of this year has been cranes and the sky. The variation comes from the background and the sky, the cranes are always cranes, though sometimes they dip their heads in conversation to one another.
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And another thing we enjoy are markets. This is one of Anissa Victoria’s Vintage Market at the Commons, formerly the Pallet Pavilion, formerly the Crowne Plaza, formerly the Park Royal …
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New art

This is by Jacob Yikes on Manchester Street, an upcoming Mexican restaurant.
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Wongi finished his piece on the side of the new Corianders in St Asaph Street.
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Cathedral Square

Chess.
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The Wizard, not in.
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Romanesque ruins in Armagh Street.
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Tuam Street, no.
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Christmas in town and the Re:START

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Cosmic Corner unicorn.
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The Canterbury Museum

One of our happy places. There is a great exhibition on currently called Selling the dream – classic New Zealand tourism posters.
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The dolls house.
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The chandelier in the Costume Gallery.
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Antarctical licks.
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The skidoo.
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A holiday in Bishopdale

You get used to your own neighbourhood, it is a holiday to be somewhere different.
Dove second hand books.
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The Life of Pi, lenticular styles.
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Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
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More December photos.

Summerstarters: 2014 in pictures: November

The sun came, the blue skies. The rebuild.
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But still the oddities and the signs of the times to catch your eye.
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Giraffe invasion.
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The Kid met Kate.
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A shadow of myself.

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The last of the Central Library, Gloucester Street. In her demise she bared her rather beautiful bones, and took on the look of a beached oceanliner.
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Fair season.
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Sydenham delights. Romance in a window at the Colombo.
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And Jacob Yikes street art.
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A visit to Rehua Marae.
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Fill a bag of books for $2 – don’t mind if I do. Courtesy of the Still standing op shop on Warrington Street.
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A chance again to watch Wongi do his thing.
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At the ArtBox – fab Julia Holden exhibition with some recognisable people from Christchurch arts.

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A first birthday, at the Edmonds factory gardens.
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And on the last day of November, my Dad and me enjoyed The Press Summer Starter.
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More November photos.

Fun and FESTAtivities: 2014 in pictures: October

Demolition, man

The Bus Exchange.
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Government Life.
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Central Library.
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Fun stuff

Frozen.
A thousand Queen Elsas.
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Craig Smith and crew in Cathedral Square.
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New dude in Hereford Street.
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Zinefest.
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Heritage Week – City Day.
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Birthday.
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Ah, spring

The best of blues
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Victoria Square plantings.
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FESTA – Festival of Transitional Architecture
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Exclesior facade.
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More October photos.

Ice and flowers: 2014 in pictures: September

A walk round the old ways for 4 September.
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Bye bye Central Library.
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New builds, new arts

On Victoria / Salisbury Street.
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Cambridge Terrace.
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High Street.
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The Green Room, Colombo Street.
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19 September 2014

Suffragist City. Kate Sheppard Memorial.
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Nature

Spidermagic on Smith Street.
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Echium on Smith Street.
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Hagley Park daffodils.
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Flowers in Victoria Square.
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Out and about

Woodend Fair.
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IceFest.
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Christchurch Art Gallery Family Fun Day.
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Me.
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More September photos.

Ain’t what it used to be: 2014 in pictures: August

As I put this month’s photo selection together I’m thinking Holy heck there was a lot on in August. WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, the graffiti house,  a New Brighton outing, lots of art and lots of sun …

The sun also rises.
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New Brighton art.
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Craftivism on Latimer Square.
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Bridge of Remembrance open day.
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Graffiti house.
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Signs, wonders.
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WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. ACE.
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#Teamscum
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More August 2014 photos.

No signs, except this: 2014 in pictures: July

Oddities

Sign me up. There are always odd things that capture my eye.
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Edgeware lady.
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Cherry Brownlees, Acoustics Schmaoustics, Pina coladas …
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This stuff was popular – 100s and 1000s chocolate by Whittakers.
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Sausage roll cake.
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Lichfield loo.
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Carpet samples in a deserted shop in the Lichfield carpark.
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Matariki

Matariki at Rehua Marae.
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WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

Rachael King, Literary Directory of WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival
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The sky, those impossible skies

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ART

Sculpture on Peterborough Street.
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Kerazy clown on High Street
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CPIT
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Wood from the trees – High Street
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Real trees.
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Pah’s Dairy.
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Cuningham House, Townend House, and more Botanic Garden conservatories re-opened. YAY!
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Our first daffodil.
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More July 2014 photos.

Suddenly strange: 2014 in pictures: June

Dad and the kid at the Botanic Gardens.
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My moon, my man.
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The Houses for Swamp Dwellers by Julia Morison light up a treat.
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The Government Life building, covered up.
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One of the coolest ghost signs, on the way out.
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And another day at the Botanics, trying to feed the ducks. But the eels kept them away.
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This was a beautiful bit of street art, but lots demolished now.
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The sunrise over the CCC demolition.
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A bit in love with the new Stranges building on the corner of High Street. Angles, colour, light, and even a bit of stained glass – it is like the prow of some strange spaceship.
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I remember The Treehouse and karaoke.
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A piece of togs by Centennial Pool.
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A beautiful demolition on Armagh/Manchester, made so by golden sunrise and surprise graffiti.
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New art by Mike Hewson. Magic. Looks like some photoshopped creation, but it is all real.
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Owen Dippie’s Ballerina, viewed through blossom.
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Demolition on Cambridge Terrace.
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Some pics of favourite books. I wrote a piece on these in BookLook, for the PANZ Book Design Awards.
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More June 2014 photos.

Bizarro Christchurch: 2014 in pictures: May

Kia ora and welcome to a selection of photos from Christchurch in May. Sunrises and sunsets certainly laid out the pretty. And by heck if there wasn’t that feel of Roman (and Egyptian) ruins.
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Again Chris Heaphy’s Whare in Cathedral Square held my heart. One of my favourite art works in Christchurch without a doubt.
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And the Burster Flipper is an enjoyable show.

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Dad met Swedish writer Camilla Lackberg.

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Demolition, as ever. The Frontrunner went down, goodbye to the silver mannequins who posed up a storm.

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The Majestic Theatre inches ever lower.  An invisible audience sits and watches.
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And meanwhile a butterfly in the Agropolis nearby.
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The mini on the wall, viewed through the CCC building demolition.
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In your library return chute, judging your books …

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The CSO plays for New Zealand Music Month at Central Library Peterborough.
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Random delights – Battenburg, my favourite cake.
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Banfields of Beckenham – very arty butchery.
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Games for sale.

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Or would  you prefer a Jenny Shipley mask?
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The random sticker wisdom to be found about town.
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Southwark Street – Bizarro world. I was walking to work on Friday 23 May and spotted the tip of a painted sky down Southwark Street. So glad of my curiosity – I discovered a bizarro world of reflection, repetition, wit and wonder. It is beside Warren and Mahoney. Am trying to track down any information on this rather fabulous and surprising thing. Bravo.
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More May 2014 photos.