November 2, 2015 … close to home

Mary and I have sometimes driven long distances to see specialist gardens.

Belmont (1)

In the Belmont domain, very close to home

It’s 192 km to Cross Hills Gardens near Kimbolton. It’s 368 km to the Pukeiti Gardens on the slopes of Taranaki. We have lived in this house for 35 years, and until yesterday I was quite unaware of the wonderful Azalea and Rhododendron garden in the Belmont Domain just 6.2 km from home.

Belmont (2)

How did it take me 35 years to find this place?

They were a little past their prime, and there was evidence of weather damage, but I think there are magnificent displays for at least another week or two.

Tuatara

Tuatara in Zealandia

From there, Mary and I went to Zealandia to show her the exciting things I had seen in my exploration with my friend Allan  a few days earlier. The Tuatara were plentiful, including some without the intrusive identification beads.

Quail

Californian Quail in Zealandia

Up near the kaka feeding station, we saw a pair of Californian quail and I though the male was a particularly fine specimen.

And now the weather has soured again.

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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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