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I was out taking photos of these trees and collecting  leaves for my collage work when I came across these lovely pink flowers. I love how the flower has caught the petals of another one within it’s own petals.

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One of the many flowers I discovered on my board walk was this large purple bloom.  It’s face upturned to the morning sun cast the lovely shaddow of the delicate stamen’s back on to the petals. It’s neighbour, a honey-suckle  looked equally pleased to see the morning!

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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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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009Above: Close up of the triangle flower bed below.Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009 Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

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Depending on which part of the park you visit you can either enjoy a picnic by the formal plantings or a stroll under the shade of large trees. Some of which are the oldest in the city. Either way its a great place to go with the family and your camera!

 

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It’s not hard to see why I love Pohutakawa Flowers so much!  These huge native trees are very common in coastal NZ and as they flower during the summer months they are often called “NZ’s Christmas Tree.”  It’s not just people who love Pohutakawa’s, the bees love them as the top photo shows and so do many species of birds and even Monarch Butterflies. It’s hard to imagine a  NZ without these trees and thanks to a law protecting them it’s not likely we’ll have too- anyone caugtht damaging theses trees, even pruning them without permission is in big trouble!

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Amongst all these beautiful flowers I found the most beautiful spiders nest ever!

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I took quite a few photos- I was totally impressed by it! Most of the nests I have found are so thick you can’t see through the web or they are made from much less colourful plants. If I was a spider I’m sure I’d  be quite happy to have a palace like this!

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The rose bush (below) looked to be a wild mess when I first saw it, Mother Nature however has a great sense of order! I love these roses, they smelt devine. Organic and sweet. Very country!

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