12/30/10

brooklands zoo

The zoo in New Plymouth got 5 meercats this month. They are cute and fast!



12/26/10

the beach at Christmas

Every year, Hubby takes me to the beach on Christmas Day. This year we went to Patea, which was a busy port in it's day. 





At first glance, I thought these folks had put soap in the water to simulate snow! But, according to Hubby, in this weather, the seaweed gets beaten to a pulp (literally) by the tide and the air bubbles that make the foam on the waves cling to it as it's blown around.


The black sand from the beach gets blown everywhere.


12/23/10

Pohutukawa

Called the 'New Zealand Christmas Tree' the pohutukawas along the coastline bloom before those planted more inland. The weather has been miserable for over a week, with rain that we sorely need, but the colors are still stunning.



12/17/10

12/13/10

NZ Christmas tree


Sometimes, it's a Christmas bush along the shore, but the pohutukawa is still beautifully red in the summer, just in time for Christmas.

12/6/10

panoramas

We walked up toward the ski field on Mt Taranaki and I stitched together some shots. The first shot is Stratford and the surrounding area.








12/1/10

Ladybugs

For some reason, we have ladybugs all over the windows, sheer curtains and flowers on the patio, like last year at this time. I guess they're looking for a cool spot.






11/29/10

Hollard Garden, the sequel

In case you haven't noticed, I looooove to take photos at Hollard Gardens. It's a wonderland of color and variety.

 Forget-me-nots

 Day lilies

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 Fuscia

Iris

11/13/10

Hollard Garden

I don't usually post a lot of pictures at a time, but I was so overwhelmed with the color that awaited us at Hollard Garden yesterday that I wanted to share it all! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

As always, click on the photos for a larger view.
Magnolia



Azalea
Primula
Azalea and poppies
Aquilegia (Columbine)
Azaleas