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Month: February 2012 (Page 1 of 3)

The Reader

Avid Reader at South Piha Beach

Avid Reader at South Piha Beach

Great weather recently, and South Piha Beach is popular for a splash in the surf and rest in the sand.…

A Monarch in the Making

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch butterflies (danaus plexippus) are quite common in New Zealand. According to Landcare Research, they introduced themselves to the country in the 1860s. This larva sits on the seed capsule of the favoured host plant, the “swan plant” (Gomphocarpus fruticosus), and it will grow to about twice its present size before pupating.…

Britomart Skyline

Britomart Skyline in Reflection

Britomart Skyline in Reflection

The (underground) Britomart Railway Station has several light shafts with covers which produce intriguing reflections above ground. The one shown here has a conical structure of steel rods which caught my eye.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.…

Colourful Names

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

The official name according to wikipedia is Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii, although you might also find the latin name of Lepiota lutea — none of which can compare to suggested common names such as “plantpot dapperling”, “yellow parasol”, “flowerpot parasol”, “yellow houseplant mushroom”, “lemon-yellow lepiota”, or “yellow pleated parasol”.…

Two Pou: Skate Plaza

Waiatarau (Lenard Phillips)

Waiatarau (Lenard Phillips)

A $1 million skate board and BMX course opened at Beaumont Street in October 2011. It incorporates two pou (Maori carvings in the form of poles), one named Waiatarau, carved by Lenard Phillips, and the other Te Mau Mahara, carved by Lee Ralph – the latter aptly clutching a skateboard, updating traditional shapes.…

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