Tag Archives: Wildlife

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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World Whale Day

Tomorrow, the third Saturday in February, is World Whale Day, which has been observed on this date since 1980. I’d like to offer a few images from two encounters that come immediately to mind. I made the first in the … Continue reading

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Monday Menagerie: Feathery Flashback

As high summer has us in its grip here in the Southern Hemisphere, with near-drought conditions again threatening us with brown grass and the start of cracks in the soil, I’ve gone back in my archives to six years ago, … 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 (12): Feathers, Fur, and Fins

Continuing the saga of our Califionia road trip exactly six years ago, Squiddy had to be on the job at 8, so we were up in time to have a nice breakfast with her. We went, of course, to the … Continue reading

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Family Flashback (3): Gorgeous Gorge

The fourth day of our great road trip, six years ago today, began in Gunnison, Colorado. The primary point of interest that we had planned for this day was the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The Gunnison River … 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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Isolation Antidotes (45): Cheeky Chatterer

One of the main players in our traditional pageant of critters at our north-woods cabin at this time of year is this little frisky, cheeky red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). It’s less than half the size of the gray squirrel, but … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (44): High Fliers and High Hopes

Eleven years ago on this date I was in Chile on a work assignment and, with a colleague, stopped at a restaurant in the city of Concón in Valparaíso Province. When we had ordered our meals, I wandered to a … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Hedgehog Help

In these times of severe stress and unrest, it’s a pleasure to be able to bring you a true story of spectacular success. Almost exactly two months ago, when I went out to my workroom, aka my bloke shed, I … Continue reading

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