Category Archives: Portraits

Portraits: A Perfect Pair

I was browsing through my file of favorite critter photos earlier today and came across this image that I made back in March 2018, at the annual livestock show that is held on the showgrounds in the little community of … Continue reading

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A Pretty Pair of Poppies

It had been raining lightly for various periods before and during our visit to the Auckland Botanic Gardens, four days ago now and of the overcast skies, of course, provided an ideal softbox effect for the myriad flora that grow … Continue reading

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A New Cardoon Character

It was a beautiful day here yesterday. There was a show of botanical drawings that CD was eager to see, as she’s enjoy8ing taking a class and some of the work of her teacher was included. It’s a drive of … Continue reading

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The Oww and the Pussycat

I’ve highlighted our Grands on several occasions recently, but it’s really been quite a while since I featured the smallest member of our family—and even longer, I believe, since I posted an actual selfie, rather than just including myself in … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: The Talented Tui

In the text of my post the other day (here) featuring the cheeky little Silvereyes, I mentioned that the other native bird that we love to see visiting and feeding on the blossoms of our abutilon is the tui (Prosthemadera … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Silvereyes, Spectacular Strangers

One of our very favorite New Zealand birds is the Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), also commonly known as the wax-eye. It’s a very small (12 cm / 4.7 inches) passerine songbird. It is officially considered a native, having self-introduced when a … Continue reading

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Skeptical Saturday

I started out to develop a new Silly Saturday post and, while I was looking through my archives of photos of our animal companions through the years, I came across this portrait that I made almost exactly 18 years ago … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Twenty Years Ago Today

Twenty years ago today I had just arrived in Japan on a work trip, eagerly carrying my first-ever digital camera, a bulky, 1.9-megapixel, Nikon Coolpix 950, with a 3x zoom lens, which I had bought between Christmas 1999 and the … Continue reading

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Boxing Day (only a month late)

Kids of all ages love to play in boxes, right? I know that I did when I was one—and I still do, though they are usually quite a bit bigger now than they were then—and I see the same tendency … Continue reading

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Sweet Summer—and a Missed Milestone

As I was posting my shrouded aurora a few days ago, I realized that it was my 701st post, and that I had missed mentioning the #700 milestone when I posted the previous one (back in March—was it really so … Continue reading

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