Monday, February 12, 2018

New Zealand Adventures ~ Sir Dove Myer Robinson Park Rose Gardens

My dad was a member of the American Rose Society and liked nothing better than planning and starting rose gardens for his friends.  He would have loved the roses at the Sir Dove Myer Robinson Park Rose Gardens in Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

New Zealand Adventures ~ Butterflies and Flowers

Monarch's in NZ have been seen frequently on the North Island.

Coastal Copper Butterfly

Yellow Admiral Butterfly

Butterfly Bush

Saturday, February 10, 2018

New Zealand Adventures ~ Waiohine Gorge

Maureen and Brian at the Swing Bridge



River below

View  across the Gorge


Friday, February 9, 2018

View along the road driving into Castlepoint.  The texture and contours of the hills just gorgeous.

Castlepoint Lighthouse


And we climbed up to the lighthouse

View across from the lighthouse with the sheep farm above.

View from the lighthouse looking North

Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Zealand Adventures ~ Foxton Beach

The winds were brutal along the beach yesterday but the windsurfers were out in force.

Driftwood along the beach which I'd love to have in my garden in NJ

Beach house along the estuary path
Privacy fence for the house above

And the neighbor's Shed Front ~ so cool.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Zealand Adventures ~ Manawatu Estuary, Foxton Beach

In the grasses ~ Pukeko

Pied Stilt

Banded Dotterel

Great Cormorant (AKA Black Shag)
Bar-tailed Godwits (foreground) and Pied Oystercatcher (background)

Pied Oystercatcher (left) and Variable Oystercatcher (right)
Bar-tailed Godwits

Caspian Terns, White-fronted Terns, Red-billed Gulls, Pied Oystercatchers and Variable Oystercatchers

Tuesday, February 6, 2018