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  • Carol Green,

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    At the risk of turning this into last yearʻs Christmas post, I took these last week at the motorway end of Te Atatu Peninsula. This is the first time in 13 years of being in New Zealand that Iʻve felt the tiniest bit Christmassy. Mainly because of the pohutukawa trees.

    Waitakere • Since Jul 2008 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    Summer Snow

    We have these in Chchch, too!
    I suspect Mr Judd may have tales of these, he may even have accidentally ingested any amount of these 'snowflakes' as there is a prolific arboreal generator right opposite his office building... it's like driving through a snow globe round there...
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Te Rerenga Wairua

    Only 100 k or so from our place.
    PM me Joe, maybe pop round for a beer or few..

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4800 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Carol Green,

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    tiniest bit Christmassy

    Like the lonely pohutukawa there : )

    Is this Christmassy enough?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2243 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Two from Dominion Road

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2243 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    Otago Harbour this afternoon

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 871 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    Entrance to Otago Harbour taken from Aramoana this afternoon

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 871 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    Otago coast and clouds

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 871 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    On Aramoana beach

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 871 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I think the fluffy tree snow comes from poplars. There was a particularly fine display of summer snow on the Kate Sheppard Walk in Hagley Park last week. We see it in the garden when there isn't a norwester to blow it into the next parish.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Gareth,

    I think the fluffy tree snow comes from poplars.

    That was my assumption, although apparently willows can produce it too. But I'm a little confused. Our poplars here in Beijing shed over a period of a couple of weeks in April each year - shouldn't that equate to October or November in NZ?

    And we've got so many poplars in Beijing that for a couple of weeks in April walking down the road can be most uncomfortable, to the point where somebody developed tree contraceptives to inject into the poplars.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2060 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    we’ve got so many poplars in Beijing that for a couple of weeks in April walking down the road can be most uncomfortable

    Yes, they tend to fall without warning, the trees that is, very uncomfortable.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4800 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    Bless the walnut tree! Wonderful being to have in a garden - cheers Islander, who has rather a lot of walnut recipes & is happt to share 'em-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to David Hood,

    Turret shells galore!
    I look forward so much to getting back to my southern east coast beaches!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Islander,

    Islander, who has rather a lot of walnut recipes & is happt to share ’em

    Yes yes - you must visit me here and we can sit under the walnut tree eating banana and walnut loaf (or similar) :-)
    Always happy to have yummy nutty recipes to try.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3439 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth, in reply to Lilith __,

    If you wish to make pickled walnuts, then now is the time to pick them -- before the shells have started to form. Leave until the New Year, and you'll have tooth-breakers.

    Wonderful things, pickled walnuts.

    It's a good time for picking nuts to make nocino, too... ;-)

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Steve Barnes,

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    Te Rerenga Wairua

    Only 100 k or so from our place.
    PM me Joe, maybe pop round for a beer or few..

    Another pic from your delightful part of the world that's probably even closer.
    That's real nice of you Steve, though I have to fess up that I arrived back home last night. I really should have gotten motivated to post stuff on the go, but it seemed too much like work the one time that I attempted it.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3450 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

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    Interior, Te Kao Ratana church.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3450 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    That’s real nice of you Steve, though I have to fess up that I arrived back home last night.

    Bugger, I was going to let you use my Paslode for a few hours :-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4800 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    My loss Steve :-(

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3450 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Blast of gold

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2243 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    Blast of gold

    as above, so below...
    and the inverse!

    from One Minute Astronomer

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    as above, so below…

    Ah, brilliant! Who knew that calendula were being cultivated on the sun!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2243 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    One of the nesting Kingfishers in my garden. Likes to sit in the bottlebrush out front. I'm guessing that it's mate is now in the nest somewhere (I think my Phoenix palm based on how many holes they've drilled in it). Pretty sure that's the case because this one has taken to chasing other birds out of the tree, so I assume it's in protection mode. It's also found a source of skinks somewhere nearby. Everyone blames their cats for knocking off skinks but I've seen this wee chap guzzle at least four.

    Since Jan 2012 • 91 posts Report Reply

  • urbanvintner,

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    Alley in Shanghai

    New Zealand • Since Dec 2012 • 3 posts Report Reply

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