This is pretty much how cold it usually gets here, but it's not often that I get out and get photos of frost.



There are two types of hawks here in New Zealand and I confess that I have no idea how to tell them apart since they are so similar. So I just call them all 'hawk.'

I sneaked up on this lovely hawk through an opening in the hedge
 after we saw him fly into the paddock and Hubby instinctively stopped the car :)
The soft click of the camera made him/her fly away just seconds later.

This juvenile was having dinner in the rain.

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Another from the archives on a rainy, winter day

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foggy evenings

Even though it's officially winter, there is still beauty to be seen.



This is one from the archives on this wintry, wet day!

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hodge podge

Many of the public buildings in the small towns have been purchased for residential use because of the earthquake regulations.


hungry hawk

When Hubby was on his way home, he drove by this juvenile hawk on our road as it was eating. I guess he was too hungry to care that a car was just a few feet meter away and didn't notice when I grabbed the camera and we drove back to see if he was still there. 


crazy flowers and conspiracies

 I'm not sure that my garden knows it's almost winter 
with this rose bud...

...and this lovely camellia. 

This is Freddy the Finch. He is the only bird that doesn't fly away when I open the window and throw out some bird seed. He even flies really close to the window when he sees me.

I'm beginning to think all the birds conspire to keep an eye out
for birdseed. The crowd seems to grow in size daily :)