Skywatch Friday: Better weather today!

The past week and a half we had lots of wind gusts and

heavy down pours.

Tuesday afternoon while walking Trompie it was dry.

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Then this morning

Good Friday

It looked like this from my front door.

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Then a bit later on looking back and up at my place.

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Lovely blue sky! A cloud here and there but still a

beautiful day.

BLESSED EASTER 

to you all!

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Butterfly : Information: NZ red Admiral

 

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Red Admiral upperside

The native Red Admiral that is only found in New Zealand. Despite the obvious similarity, it is a different species from the ‘Red Admiral’ (Vanessa atalanta) and ‘Indian Red Admiral’ (Vanessa indica) found in Europe, Asia and North America. The Maori name means Red Cloak. This is a long-lived butterfly that can have a lifespan of about 9 months for the over-wintering generation. It is expected that the lifespan is between 4 to 6 months for the summer generations. Between September and April, it can be seen in most of its life stages.

Lunar Eclipse – Blood Moon

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Awesome photos!

Originally posted on decocraftsdigicrafts:

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Tonight we have had solar eclipse.  Now we have a blood moon.

I don’t have a tripod which made it rather hard to get sharp photos.  As the moon got covered it also got harder to actually focus on it as well.  I ended up using a pillow on a tall fence with the zoom out to 624.  There are obviously better photos around but here is my humble effort.  If anyone has some ideas on how to improve my photos I would love to hear them.

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A to Z Challenge : O for Outback

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This is worth seeing!

Originally posted on Memories are made of this:

The road travels endlessly to the horizon

The road travels endlessly to the horizon

2010 was a good year in the Australian Outback, the rains had fallen on the usually dry and barren land and the shimmering  silver of the Mitchel grass plains stretched to the horizon to meet the relentless blue of the sky. It is an unforgettable sight.

It was the year we travelled round Australia. Photographs cannot convey the splendour and immense beauty of this land. The emptiness and vastness, the feeling of isolation, it is a land that must be experienced.

The life giving windmill

The life giving windmill

As sun sets we find a place to camp among some spindly gum trees and listen to the quiet whirring of the windmill as it draws the life-sustaining water from deep in the earth. We drift to sleep under a huge canopy of stars.

For thousands of years the Aboriginals lived in harmony with the Outback. I came across this inspiring YouTube as I searched…

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Twin Lakes Upper Hutt

Twin Lakes

Upper Hutt

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This guy was doing his best to get up the hills.

He had to stop  to catch his breath before paddling on.

This is at the turn off to the look out.

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Entering the path way to the look out

Turning back to the parking area it looked like this.

Just before sunset.

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As the road rises away from Upper Hutt on the Te Marua to Kaitoki stretch of State Highway Two, you’ll encounter a new section of road just completed in 2005. It’s a $14.2 million, 5.5 kilometre realignment of this important part of the main artery to the Wairarapa.

Half way up the initial incline you’ll encounter the Te Marua Lakes Lookout, so named because it provides a stop-off to view the spectacular scene of the Hutt River valley and the twin lakes, known as Stuart Macaskill Lakes, built to provide back-up water for the urban areas downstream.

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