monochrome world

The world looks different without color but is still
beautiful, nonetheless.


Favorite things

One of the few things I love more than gardening is going to the coast 
and taking a walk with my camera. Hubby finds the best places! 



I put this photo on my desktop and realized that I could see the fantail's beak
along with the bug it was after. So, I edited it a bit and was surprised
to see its tongue along with all the other bugs it could have chosen!
As Bob Ross would say, it's a happy accident!

The Weekly Smile      


Wednesday around the World

This azalea bloom looks quite ordinary until
you realized that it's the second time the bush has
blooms this year! According the the calendar, it's the
middle of autumn but my garden has its own timeline.

So, let us know what's going on in your neck of the woods!
Link up below and share with us what is happening this week.


random Taranaki

This lovely hawk posed for a while before flying off.

My Easter surprise at Pukekura Park :)

A pair of yellow admirals have been hanging out at my flower garden.

This is the bloom of my swan plant.

Fantails show up occasionally and this one kept casting a shadow into the house 
the other night so I snapped his/her picture.

Good Random Fun (you pick!)


at the beach

Here are some coastal images for my northern hemisphere friends who
might need a little warm-me-up :)


in my garden

 After many days of warm rain, it's beginning to look like autumn is close by.
The weather is warm during the day but cooler at night but the colors of
the garden don't care--they just do what they are meant to do.

These yellow flowers are from a potted plant that Hubby surprised me with last
summer. I am so happy that four of the five plants bloomed beautifully this fall.

This is a running geranium in my wishing well, but it sure looks like a tibouchina bloom.

My red geranium in the wishing well is very happy.

Of course, these little guys popped up after the rain...

This is a yellow admiral (thanks, Hubby, for the id) that hangs around the house. Today I saw two of them.


A few New Plymouth sights

 These photos are a slice of New Plymouth, the largest city in Taranaki.

The murals are seen on the underpass walkway to the coastline.

One of the clever warnings on the electrical boxes.

A petrel among the gulls on a roof.

Hubby loves feeding his eely buddies.

While he was feeding the eels, a little girl pointed out the baby birds in a hole in the wall. 

They possible belong to these pigeons.

The walkway follows the Huatoki Stream to the sea. If you look closely, you can see
a white dot on a rock in the middle of the photo.

This is the dot! A crab hiding in a hole in the rock.

This was one of the awesome formations at Back Beach.

I really like this shot that I took through one of the openings.

Sadly, it wasn't long after the above photos that a storm destroyed them.