I was down at the pond photographing the usual suspects- trees, eels, pukeko’s ducks, lilies , spider nests and pond reeds. There’s always something new to see even if it is only the gradual change of colours. I have been photographing the same pond for over a year now and it’s interesting to still find new things. The plant, or rather the weed, that I have shown here is one of those things. It’s growing creeper like along the ponds edge over the untamed grass. I noticed the bean-pod like star shaped fingers first and then my eye followed up the stem to the flower and back down to the pod with the bug. Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

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Normally I am not a bug person but not knowing what this one was, or what sort of flower it was on made the whole thing a lot more interesting. I literally plonked myself down on the semi-damp grass and took around 12 photos of just these 2 things!  If anyone knows what these are please feel free to enlighten me!

Another bug that I caught on camera was this dragon fly. There’s not as many left now but they fly in  and out of the frame like tiny helicopters and I was watching/waiting for the eel (submerged where the rings are on the water) when it dropped in.  The eels were attracted to the bread we were throwing in for the ducks. Some how or another I ended up promising my son an eeling trip so we can catch and release a few for them to see close up. I’m ewwwing already!

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I got the most wonderful surprise when I went to the pond last night! I was busy photographing the masses of wild daisies grouped around the waters edge (I don’t remember them being there last year) when my son alerted me to this mother duck and her 7 babies! I’m sure these are late ducklings, it’s very nearly December and I haven’t heared of Christmas Ducks before…however I was/am just so thrilled to see them. The last lot of ducklings disappeared even after their rescue from the drain.

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Father duck came over too.

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The debris that appears to be on the surface is actually a plant growing below the water. The bread we threw out seemed to gather here and while I was watching a piece of it disappeared before my eyes….I looked for a while and soon saw an eel sneakily rise up to the surface and help itself to the bread. I’m glad it left the ducklings alone!

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The lily pads provide good camoflage for the ducks and ducklings. There’s atleast 2 ducks in this photo. The other side of the pond is where the Pukeko’s live and they too have chicks there now. You can see a black bundle of fluff if you enlarge the photo by clicking on it. (Its midway down on the right hand side of the photo and nearly out of the shot…but it’s there!)

There are definitely Dragonfly’s there now too…big fat ones (and no they’re not damsels!) so I will be going back tomorrow when the kids are at school!

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Mount Maunganui from the Matapahi bridge.

The above photo was taken on a quick walk across the Matapahi Bridge this morning. We had an hour to fill in and I knew just the place to do it!

 I recently posted some pictures of dragonflies ‘caught in the act’ on my blog and I stated that I didn’t know which was which and invited readers to enlighten me! WELL…as it turns out I didn’t correctly identify the insect in the first place. Both John (typos.daylight.fate) and another blogger have pointed out that my dragonflies were actually damselflies. So realising that I knew even less than I thought I visited the fish and frog – turtle and blog and quickly realised that this mystery blogger (bakerwilson) knew a thing or 2 about damselflies and dragonflies. A quick google search also found this list of differences between the two. Thanks to the both of you for putting me right!

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Today I went for a walk to my local pond just to see what I could see, due to family circumstances I havn’t been able to wander about with my camera for a while. I’ve had to make the most of stolen moments. After several days of too much telly and too much time looking at a computer screen what I really needed to do was go and sit by the pond and breathe in some fresh air, hear the sounds of the wild life and take a little time to be by myself!

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I took 65 photos in the space of half an hour! I love digital! The dragonfly shots were the hardest challenge because they are so small and you have to get dragonflies that sit still long enough.  Not being an expert on dragonflies I assume that these two are mating and all though they are different from each other I have no idea which is male and which is female. If any readers know please feel free to enlighten me!

I have spider nests to post tommorrow:) Lots of them!

Right now it’s hard to believe that in summer this pond will dry up around the edges leaving stranded lilies and cracked mud behind. It’s quite serene there for now and so close to home that we have the luxury of being able to go there when ever we like. No parking issues, no fuel bills…no stress!

This dragonfly was hard to capture. My camera wanted to focus on the grasses and it was almost like it couldn’t work out what it was I was trying to get in focus. I was really pleased to come home and see how well this had come out. It’s motivation to keep trying anyway!