An unfolding Circle

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Long green curled-up arm,

Rounded green fingers clasping

Little brown circles.

 

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This is the curled up tip of a large/giant fern, which is the approximate size of your fist.

I have been seeing many of these on my visit to New Zealand again, this being my first time to go in their spring time.

Every time I look at these “heads,” I am constantly amazed at the intricate detail of the fern leaves that will grow to their much larger size as the stem uncurls over time. They all look like wondrous works of art – with tiny nautilus shapes!

SO COOL!!

A friend asked me, as he was wondering, whether these unfurled fern heads are edible, similar to the MUCH smaller fiddleheads that are harvested in parts of Canada during our spring time and are considered a tasty dish.  My kiwi friend explained that yes indeed, these giant-sized fernheads can be steamed and eaten.

And here they are called pungers, which sounds like “pungas.”

 

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Tourist Moments #3

On my trip in July of 2007 to the South Island of New Zealand – on the occasion of my girlfriend’s wedding – her daughter, Emily, and I took off one free afternoon to go on a mini-excursion.

We came upon this nifty looking, wooden Maori carving – quite TALL – which is located at the Karaka Point Historic Reserve  (a short drive outside of Picton).

 

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This look-out point offers up a spectacular view of part of the Marlborough Sounds area.

The following sequence of photos gives you a somewhat panoramic glimpse into these beautiful sounds.

 

 

 

The clouds and waves that day created a bit of dramatic ambiance.

I looked up some added information for you.

Online the site, 100% Pure New Zealand, describes the Marlborough Sounds as follows:

“Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. The area has three main bodies of water – Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorous Sounds. The Department of Conservation manages over 50 reserves in this scenic playground.”

 

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There are grassy areas where one can walk about and enjoy the views.  I imagined what it would be like to walk all the way to the end of that huge outcropping.

 

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And finally, included is the sign as well.   😀

 

 

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A Paradox?

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Looking from high up,

Distance creates smallness and

Likewise majesty.

 

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This is a high view of some of the Nelson Lakes National Park area on the South Island of New Zealand.  My friends and I went hiking there on a day trip during my visit in 2007.

I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but something about New Zealand always calls to me. ❤

 

“Hey, Howdy, Hey!”

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Friendly companions;

And a neighbourly hello,

Such a warm welcome!

 

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When I was down to Picton on the South Island of New Zealand for my  visit in 2007 on the occasion of my girlfriend’s wedding, I had rented a tiny cabin as my home base.

And adjoining the property where my cabin was located, marked with a dividing fence – there were about 10 cabins in total – on the other side was the yard of someone who had some charming animals milling about.  There were several geese and sheep, and at one point these two came right up to where I was standing to get a really good look at me.   Haha!  Fair is fair, right?  I was being inquisitive about them.  So….it works the other way, too.

 

Majestic Southern Alps

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Standing strong and….HUGE!

Easily they touch the sky,

Guarding all the land.

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Yesterday I was looking through some older photos for my weekly photography assignment, and it was fun indulging in some memories that popped into mind from a trip in 2010 to New Zealand.  Canada is my first love; my homeland.  And New Zealand runs a really close second place!

I still have some organizing to do with all the photos I took during that trip – moving things around on my computer – but I expect that I will share some more in the near future.

For today I picked these two photos, taken on a TranzContinental train trip that starts in Christchurch and goes through Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth and back….and it offers oodles of opportunities to take photos of the Southern Alps along the route.

There were ample breath-taking and spectacular views of these Southern Alps.  In these photos you can get a sense of perspective on the incredible height of these mountains, for example, in comparison to the trees in the foreground…..and those are NOT small trees!  There are pretty clouds floating in the sky and some cheeky ones that floated down a bit lower in front of those picturesque mountains.

It was a beautiful and cool, wintry day, when we rode on the train.  There was an open-air car at one end of the train for people who wanted to have a freer look at the surrounding countryside – not through the usual glass windows – and, of course, the air smelled wonderfully fresh out there!