Tag Archives: Hiking

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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SpringScapes (6)

One of the highlights of our family trip to the South Island earlier this month was a visit to the windswept Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve at the end of the Otago Peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Otago Harbour, in … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (5)

The C-19 situation is improving enough that Auckland has dropped to Level Two and the rest of the country to Level One. Masks are still strongly advised and many folks are willingly complying with that request when out and about, … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (4-A) / A Liking for Lichens

My blog-buddy Steve S expressed an interest in the lichens visible in my last post, and I promised him I’d post a sequel. I’m a devoted lichen fan, and I love to find them growing on anything they can, especially … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (4)

During our drive from Dunedin to Wanaka two weeks ago, as we were approaching  Alexandra, we made a detour up a dirt-and-gravel road to a site that The Pebbler had visited with his dad as a child and wanted to … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (3)

To continue this new category, allowing for a brief arachnid aside yesterday, here are two more views from my adventure up into the coolth of the high country above Cardrona last week, this time looking the other way and upward … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (2)

Here is my second offering from my adventure in the central Otago high country, five days ago. As I drove slowly back down from the snowline, I had time to savor the perspectives that each turn provided. This is the … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (1)

I’m back at home again after a family trip of almost a week. We flew to Dunedin and drove inland a bit more than 270 km to Wanaka (accent on the first syllable). Squiddy and Batty and their families had … 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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