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Fleeting Beauty: The Tiny and the Giant

Squiddy found this tiny nymph yesterday; we thought it was a wētā, but it’s likely to have been a katydid. I coaxed it onto some dandelions and was able to make just this one photo before it jumped away. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Jubilation!

We have two reasons to be especially jubilant. The first is that our application for NZ permanent resident visas has been approved. This process has taken more than five years and a boatload of paperwork and other associated red tape, … Continue reading

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Birthday Greetings!

I’m having a lovely birthday today. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the birds are singing, and I’m treating the whole clan to dinner tonight from our favorite Turkish restaurant. I’m also reflecting on past birthdays and … Continue reading

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Webnesday (61)

It’s Webnesday, and I have a new one for you. The day before yesterday Batty and The Sprout saw a hunting wasp (likely Priochnemis monarchus) dragging a paralyzed banded tunnelweb spider (Hexathele hochstetteri) across the ground and managed to scoop … Continue reading

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Webnesday (59): Junior Jumper

It has been quite some time—twelve weeks in fact—since my last Webnesday post featuring a new encounter and I, for one, have missed them. I have posted several from my archives during the isolation and now I’m happy to bring … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (35): Flirting With a Fantail

Staying in the vein of the home bubble, I was working in the yard on Friday, moving a mass of mulch from its storage place at the edge of our garden to a new patch around some of our small … Continue reading

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HELP!!!

Can anyone out there help me? I’ve never had any trouble with WordPress before, but for the past two days, roughly half of the comments I’ve had on my last post are not appearing on the post page! I can … Continue reading

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Fleeting Beauty: Leo the Languorous

With the exception of last Saturday, we haven’t seen blue skies or sunshine for about a week and are getting tired of dark mornings and the dismal pallor. It seems we’re not the only ones, as eloquently demonstrated by our … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (3)

I visited an old friend in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) in May 2005 and he showed me some of his favorite places in the area. One of these was Coronation Park, on western shore of Lake Ontario, from which one has … Continue reading

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A fondness for fungi: Turkey tail

I was finally able to go for a hike in our woods today, but my old path was so congested with windfall trees in the wake of the big windstorm a little over a month ago that I spent nearly … Continue reading

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