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Month: February 2011 (Page 1 of 3)

Mural Painting with Doug Ford (CUE Haven)

Detail of the Mural at CUE Haven

Detail of the Mural at CUE Haven

Doug Ford has featured on this blog before, as creator of murals and numerous painted roadside cabinets (telecommunications and traffic control). Last Saturday we had the opportunity to paint a mural under his guidance at CUE Haven, a former farm along the Kaipara Coast Highway, between Kaukapakapa and Glorit.…

Amphipsalta Zelandica (Cicada)

The Cicada

The Cicada

At this time of year the bush resounds with a cacophony of cicadas. The first of these insects can be heard from December, but only sporadically. By February/March their numbers are up to full strength, and many an outdoor television interview finds it hard to compete against this backdrop.…

Pavlova by Mrs H

Pavlova by Mrs H

Pavlova by Mrs H

It is a fact known to all right-thinking people that this jewel of a dessert that is a pavlova is a New Zealand invention; although, there are occasional attempts to discredit this truth, mainly from inhabitants of the large island in the west… Everybody, however, agrees that it is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, and that it is delicious.…

Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a highlight at the conclusion of the two weeks of New Year festivities, this year from 18 to 20 February. Masses of people are crowding Albert Park and Princes Street in the City of Auckland, and this year was blessed with fantastic weather for it.…

The Moth

The Moth

The Moth

I always like shooting insects on window panes because of the reflections. So when this moth landed on the bathroom mirror — bliss. Since the main reflection originates from the silver layer behind the thick mirror glass, it gives an altogether floating impression, unlike reflection on window glass (e.g.…

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