October 6, 2014 … fossils and flora

Billie’s visit came to an end yesterday.


A lesser carnivore, about half the size of a T. Rex.

Before we parted company though, we took her to the National Museum, Te Papa where there was an exhibition about dinosaurs. I presumed that, as in most other paying exhibitions, cameras would be prohibited, so I left mine in the car. The first words the attendant said as we arrived were “photography is permitted”.  Though I rarely use my Galaxy S3 as a camera, I had no choice. As phone cameras go, the S3 is pretty capable, but I prefer a viewfinder and a good solid camera.

Red tulips

Sunlit tulips

After some morning tea in the coffee lounge at Te Papa we drove up to the Botanic gardens. Billie apparently likes flowers and despite a severe hail storm the previous day, the tulips were at the peak of their display. What’s more, the sun was shining.

More tulips

Splendid display

As I mentioned earlier, some of the displays had to be uprooted because of a fungal infection, but the beds still in place were spectacular.


Billie didn’t seem to buy into old-fashioned notions about activities after meals.

After a suitable period of exploration, we enjoyed a picnic in the Dell and afterwards, watched Billie perform endless effortless cartwheels across the lawn. She is quite an accomplished gymnast. Then we had to return her to her aunt in Seatoun.

That’s all for now.



About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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