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 AllanĀ  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

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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