Tag Archives: Flora

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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Iris Interlude

We are nearly at the end of my recalling our California road trip from six years ago, but not much very exciting or worth reporting happened on this day, when we drove the 506 miles (814 km) from San Francisco … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (14): A Bird, A Breach, & A Beach

Continuing my flashback California road trip report, on this date we gladly put the Artichoke Inn in our rear-view mirror, breakfasted again in the Moss Landing Café (no artichokes), and drove to a nearby departure point for Sanctuary Whale Watch … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (13): Yes, Sur!

Squiddy had one more day of work at the lab, so we were up early again. This time we went to the Moss Landing Café for breakfast, a funky spot that we immediately liked, full of locals. I had a … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (9): Giants

This day, six years ago, was the tenth in our Nebraska-to-California-and-back road trip. After a sumptuous breakfast in Arcata, we headed south, first on the four-lane Highway 101 for about ten miles, until we reached the turnoff for far-more scenic, … Continue reading

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