Monday, 19 November 2007

Critter Spot: Tropical Butterfly...

Seems odd to go to New Zealand to see tropical butterflies...but that's what we did. This is one of the many South American (I think) butterflies at the Butterfly and Orchid Garden, Thames, North Island, New Zealand. Very humid in the enclosure!

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Bush Spot...

A slice of heaven! This is a shot of some of the mature gum trees on our block of land. Some really good painting opportunities here...

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Hot Spot: Bang!...

Is this an underwater feather star perhaps? Not likely! It's a shot of part of the excellent fireworks display put on for the Zeehan Gem and Mineral Show, held at Zeehan in western Tasmania last weekend.

Sun Spot: Blue Wren...

Singing his little heart out, this colourful male blue wren (sometimes known as the Superb Fairy-Wren), was intent on staking his claim to our back verandah yesterday in the early-morning sunshine. The iridescent blue of the male is his breeding plumage. Show-off!

Friday, 2 November 2007

Hot Spot: White Island Volcano...

White Island is New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Whilst in New Zealand, my daughter and I took a tour with White Island Tours out of Whakatane on the north coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Two hours there by boat.

It is a humbling experience to spend around an hour and a half in the crater of an active volcano. If you are ever in the area, you should consider taking the tour.

On a scale of 1 to 10, it rates an exhilarating 16!