My Spring Onion Flowered

Title says it all really. Not a great photo, just a photo of something I’ve never seen before.

I bought the spring onion from the local market about 2 weeks ago. I went to put them in a little vase on the kitchen bench with a bit of water when I noticed that they had the tiniest buds on them. So, I’ve been waiting for them to flower. Last weekend, I went to the market again to get a new set of spring onions because I didn’t want to cut these ones. I asked my husband to put the groceries away for me. When I arrived in the kitchen a little while later I noticed that the new spring onions were in the vase and the old ones with the flowers were gone. Silly hubby! We managed to retrieve them in the end.Image

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2011-2012 Holiday in Rotorua

Note my husband took all the photos except for the swans.

Lake Rotorua is inhabited by groups of large black swans.

Red clover by the Waiteti stream.

Rainbow trout caught by our friend around Ngongotaha, Lake Rotorua.

The next day we went to Hamurana Springs. There’s a grove of American Redwood trees, although, our American friend Adam indicated that they were still very small compared to the ancient ones he had seen in America.

The waterway was phenomenally clear!

Rainbow trout spawn in these waters.

The next day we went to Wai-o-tapu. The Artist’s Palette is in the foreground, and the Champagne Pool is in the back. Click on the image below for slightly larger size.

The Primrose Terraces.

Detail of the terraces.

The Oyster Pool.

Water pouring into Lake Ngakoro.

And finally, the Devil’s Bath. Yes, that was the colour of the lake.

Photos from the mudpools. Note that you don’t have to pay to see these. They’re a little further along the road down from Wai-o-tapu.

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Matapouri Bay & Mermaid Rock Pool, Northland, New Zealand

Matapouri Bay!

On our way to the Mermaid Rock Pool we saw this magical view.

A gap through the cliff that one had to go through to get to the rock pools.

The stunningly beautiful Mermaid Rock Pool (click for a larger view).

Another rock pool further along. It was incredibly deep.

Photos taken 2006.

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Uretiti Beach, Northland, New Zealand

Uretiti beach (yes, laugh all you want) is a beautiful long stretch of beach where clothing is optional. It’s got a nice campsite, which tends to be packed around New Years Eve (click on photo for larger view).

Photo taken 19 February 2006.

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Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary, New Zealand

Recently, I went for my first ever visit to Tiri (as we refer to it here) Island.

Err…we discoverd that it wasn’t that far from a (disused) explosives dumping ground…

The saddleback was a very industrious bird. Happily following humans around, getting into the washed up seaweed and throwing it around to get underneath at any bugs.

The fantail is very friendly and follows you around on the beach because it’s keeping an eye out for insects that are being stirred up from people walking along.

A bellbird at one of the islands feeding stations.

The manuka tea tree grows all over the island. There are a lot of products that are made from the honey of this tree e.g. soaps, hand creams etc.

Up to the Lighthouse!

A little climb up to the old Lighthouse.

This is Gary, one of two Takahe’s living on Tiri. He was very clever and knew that lunchboxes contained food….

Leaving Tiri Island.

Heading back into Gulf Harbour Marina at the end of the day….

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Yellow-orange Sunset

Fujifilm FinePix S5000, 1/2000s, f/9, ISO 200

Date: 29 July 2011

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Day Moon – North Shore, 12 June 2011

Fujifilm FinePix S5000, 1/340s, f/4.5, ISO 200

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