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I’m back! After a long month computer-less I am back in action again. Wheew!

I took these pics the day my computer went into the shop. It dosn’t look it here but the wind was so cold! It didn’t stop me enjoying the walk around the Mount though and I got some great quail and pheasent photos that I will be able to share soon:)

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009First of all I apologise to all of you who’ve been to visit my blog and there’s been nothing new! I have had one of those weeks were computer time has been very hard to find. I have been out and about with my camera though:)I had to take the car in for it’s 6 monthly warrant so I made the most of the time I would have spent waiting by going for a walk along the boardwalk near by. The Judea boardwalk is not it’s official name as it actually goes much further than Judea in  both directions.  It’s an interesting walk- the view, the wildlife and the diverse plants make it quite unique and if you’re a photographer it makes for a seemingly endless choice of subjects!

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If you have very good eyesight you can just make out the main port to the right of the Mount.

These are just a  few I took of the  views of Mount Maunganui and the grasses and mangroves that not only help filter the water but provide food and shelter for many types of wildlife.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009The white patches that can be seen here are spiders nests.Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009Summer turned on another scorcher of a day…but it didn’t keep the crowds away! Tay St reserve at Mount Maunganui. The crowds came because the Billabong Surf Champs were on as well as “nick takes over the beach’ a Nikeloedeon event. Spong Bob, Patrick and Dora were all in attendence and ther ewere heaps of activities for the kids to join in with.

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Run!! It’s a sharrrrk!!! The giant inflateable shark slide was a big hit with young kids and teens. Good on ya Billabong!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009Billabong surf champs at the Mount Beach. Only those brave enough to withstand the heat of the sand sat there, most people found somewhere on the very dry grass to picnic and watch!

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An open air ‘art in the park’ display of paitning by local artists. Most of the paintings in this ‘room’ are of Mount Maunganui and are by the same artist. Other artists had there own displays set up. There were quite a few paintings and I hope that turned into sales for the artists!

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I took this kids to see a Gaelic Dance and Pipe Band festivel at Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui. As usual I took a lot of photos- these are my favorites.

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Have you ever wondered what the Tooth Fairy does with all those teeth? Well…wonder no more!

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The tooth fairy….RECYCLES!

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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!