Still snow on the hills: Wordless Wednesday

I had a drive to the shops this morning and what a big surprise!

The sun was out but the hills were still covered in yesterdays snow.

Enjoy it with me although it is freezing cold outside.

Wordless Wednesday – Week Of May 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

2013 first snow!

Well, here we are,

suddenly in a full blast of snow.

I visited my friend at the foot of the Rimutaka Hills

Guess what?

There was some snow along the road side and

some snow on the roof and lawn of my friend’s place.


On the lawn and if you look at the trees on right hand side you can see a bit of snow

on the branches.


Snow on the roof of the garage



Photos on the Mangaroa Road on the way to White- mans Valley

Perspective : Sunday Post

Perspective : visual – The way in which objects appear to the eye, Representing the effects of visual perspective in graphic arts,
Perspective photography distortion is determined by the relative distances at which the image is captured and viewed, and is due to the angle
of view of the image (as captured) being either wider or narrower than the angle of view at which the image is viewed, hence the apparent
relative distances differing from what is expected. Related to this concept is axial magnification the perceived depth of objects at a given magnification.

SUNDAY POST LOGO 2013 120 x 100

Make sure to have the image link to so that others can learn about the challenge, too.

Praying Mantis



with my finger and hand

and with the wall!







More interesting “objects” in the garden.

The following is still in the garden of the Bed and Breakfast.

There are numerous things hiding between the trees,

on the verandas and between the plants.

It was a whole discovery I made Sunday morning.


We all know these three!

Pathways : Travel theme

While walking along the pathway next to the Hutt River

I took photos of the pathway of the river.


Pathway of the river along the dry river bank



The Hutt River and the Akatarawa River flowing  together


The water’s pathway over stones/pebbles



Hutt River (New Zealand)

The Hutt River (Māori:Te AwakairangiTe Wai o Orutu or Heretaunga)[1] flows through the southern North Island of New Zealand. It flows south-west from the southern Tararua Ranges for 56 km, forming a number of fertile floodplains, includingKaitoke, central Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt.

The headwaters in the Kaitoke Regional Park are closed to preserve the quality of the drinking water drawn off at Kaitoke to supply the greater Wellington area. Below Kaitoke is the Kaitoke gorge, a popular destination for Rafting. Below the gorge is Te Marua, where the Mangaroa River joins the Hutt from the east. Further down, at Birchville, the Akatarawa River joins the Hutt from the west.


In the background : Weekly Photo Challenge

I had a wonderful experience today.

My friend is looking after a Bed and Breakfast place for a few days.

Last night I had a super dinner with her and

today I went back to take some photos from all the hidden treasures in the garden.

We also went for a short walk along the Hutt River.



In the background the Hutt River.

In the front is a  Punga or

New Zealand tree-fern.

Cyathea dealbata

Cyathea dealbata, or the silver tree fern or silver fern (kaponga or ponga in the Māori language), is a species of medium-sized tree fernendemic to New Zealand.[1] It is a symbol commonly associated with the country both overseas and by New Zealandersthemselves.[2]




In the background on the left is a

Rimu tree a native tree of NZ

At the right side is a tree-fern again


Rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum) is the commonest and most widely distributed conifer in New Zealand, growing from Northland down to Stewart Island. It is a tall tree, and its crown usually emerges above the main canopy of forest trees. On well-drained fertile sites, it grows to 50 metres in height. Rimu usually favours better drained sites than kahikatea, but does grow in poorly drained soils in Westland.

Rimu can live for more than 1,000 years. A life-span of 550–650 years is more common, as old trees become susceptible to uprooting in strong winds. Seedlings will not grow in deep shade or on open, exposed sites. Mature trees often support a crop of perching plants on their upper branches. For example, northern rātā often starts life as a young seedling high up in the crown of a mature rimu.


Mushroom or toadstool : Friendship Friday

Differences between a mushroom and
a toadstool

The terms ‘mushroom’ and ‘toadstool’ are subjective rather than strictly scientific, and therefore are open to a range of loose interpretations. In general, fungi with fruit bodies that have a cap more or less centrally placed on top of a stem are referred to as ‘mushrooms’, or as ‘mushrooms and toadstools’. Some people broadly consider that all fungi with a cap and stem are ‘mushrooms’, while others consider only edible fungi as ‘mushrooms’. In the strictest sense, the word ‘mushroom’ refers only to members of the genus Agaricus, e.g. the cultivated white button mushroom. ‘Toadstool’ is typically applied to any fungus with a cap and stem that appears different from Agaricus, regardless of its edibility, or more usually if it is suspected or known to be poisonous. In a broader sense, ‘toadstools’ also includes other non-mushroom forms of fungi such as puffballs, earthstars, and coral fungi.

Agaricus Mushroom Galerina Toadstool




Rainbow up high in the sky!

About 4:15 pm

coming back from our walk

I looked up at the blue sky with some dainty wisps of white clouds.

What a wonderful sight!

Up high a small piece of rainbow!





In the front is the roof of my place.

Two Saturdays ago a friend and I went for a walk.

Suddenly between the house we saw this bright rainbow.