Category Archives: Arachnids

May 22, 2020 … birds and bees

The weeks since my last post have been strange. Despite the easing of our lockdown status to level 2, life feels markedly different to the way it was before the restrictions. Perhaps it’s just the onset of winter weather. As … Continue reading

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April 19, 2020 … If I had the wings of an angel*

Three weeks of lockdown at level 4 (the highest) are now completed in New Zealand. At least one more week to go, and perhaps more. Even if the government does loosen the reins, I suspect there will still be considerable … Continue reading

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February 29, 2020 … I’ll take what I can find

I seem to have fallen into a rhythm of posting every two weeks, perhaps in the hope that I might have produced sufficient images that I am happy to share. Obviously, I would like to produce great images, but even … Continue reading

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July 23, 2017 … there and back again

Since I last wrote, Mary and I spent eleven days in Queensland with our eldest son and his lovely family. In so doing we missed most of the wildest and coldest storm Wellington has had in four or five years. … Continue reading

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May 31, 2017 – still but chill

Winter is almost upon us. So far it has been relatively mild, but Wellington can be deceptive in that regard. Though the thermometer may register as much as six or seven degrees, winter in the area can produce a sense … Continue reading

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February 23, 2016 … and now it has gone

Time slips through the fingers. Before I know it, it’s nine days since my last blog. I must set myself an automated reminder to ensure regular action. Nevertheless, I remain convinced that the decision to abandon the daily commitment was … Continue reading

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August 26, 2014 … hidden treasures in the wetlands

Better weather than expected gave some nice opportunities. Isaac was starting at a new school, so there was a bit of juggling around that. While I waited for David to return, I turned my camera on a very delicate web … Continue reading

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January 15, 2013 … exploring the wetlands

We had a quiet day yesterday in Brisbane. It began with David and Isaac practicing soccer on the back lawn after first clearing it of the giant woody seed pods scattered by the overhanging Poinciana trees.  Isaac certainly looked the … Continue reading

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January 12, 2013 … this and that

Brisbane speaks with many voices in my heart. It has been a wonderful place for my eldest son and daughter in law to bring up their family. It was a fertile ground for research when such things mattered to me.  … Continue reading

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January 11, 2013 … the same but different

In theory, yesterday was cooler. For a brief while it even seemed so, as I wandered around the garden. Arachnophobes should now avert their eyes and skip to the next paragraph. I think this fairly large spider is the silver … Continue reading

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