Tag Archives: Flora

Places Remembered: Desert Drama

Amid many pressing distractions, I’ve managed a quick look at my archives for this date in history and found this image that I made 15 years ago from my window seat during a flight from Mexico City to Phoenix, Arizona. … Continue reading

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Serenity Sunday: The Foggy, Foggy Dew

On the morning of the third day of my fishing adventure a week ago, I was blessed with this view of the inlet that feeds Lake Otamangakau, as we approached it. I really do love a nice foggy morning, and … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Thursday: A Recent Reflection

I’ve just recently returned from a glorious three-day fishing excursion at Lake Otamangakau (sort of rhymes with “go to a rock now”) with three other members of our North Shore Fly Fishers. It rained the first day, but then we … Continue reading

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Webnesday (67) Trapeze Artist?

Late yesterday (Webnesday) CD found this little spider in our kitchen and called it to my attention. I carefully eased it into a small container with a flower to keep it for the night. Today I released it onto a … Continue reading

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Webnesday (66): Long-Jaw Silver

The day before yesterday Squiddy came and tapped on our window. She had discovered a spider that we had both been hoping to find some day, but which had so far eluded us. It was a female Leucauge dromedaria, commonly … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Figuratively Speaking

One of the trees that we acquired when we bought our place here in Auckland three years ago was a fig. Frankly, I have had many chances to sample (candied) figs in my younger days, and I must admit that … Continue reading

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Here Be Goblins (2)

Back in the Goblin Forest on the eastern slope of Mt. Taranaki, there were not only a great selection of mosses and lichens, but also a fine array of ferns as well. Both the overcast sky and the intermittent rain … Continue reading

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Here Be Goblins (1)

I’ve been off the website for a week: We made an adventuresome excursion to New Plymouth, on the northern edge of the peninsula formed long ago by the eruption of the volcano known as Mt. Taranaki. We spent three days … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (17): Nice Ice

As we hunker down between Christmas and the start of the New Year here in New Zealand in the mild clutches of an unseasonably cold spell for this early summer, my thoughts drift back to when this date found us … Continue reading

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Webnesday (65)

Two days ago I found that an old piece of childrens’ furniture that we keep in the back yard for the grandkids had suffered a fractured leg joint. After I’d taken it into my shed for repair, this large (body … Continue reading

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