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These little furry, almond shaped flower buds will soon be wonderful Magnolia flowers. I was excited to see so many promised flowers on these young trees! I’m  not sure how long it takes for the cycle to go from bud to flower but I will be watching:)

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It’s looking suprisingly lush for this time of year but this is ‘my pond’ and my house can just be seen in this photo (2nd roof down on this pic.) The island in the middle photo is where most of the birds nest, especially the pukeko’s who appear to own it. So many of my photos are taken here I thought it was about time I show the whole pond!

I was at ‘my’ pond with the kids so I decided to see what this plant was looking like now. You may remember it from my flower and beetle post. This is it again although minus the beetle and with the addition of the bee!

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I’m always excited to get shots like this where the bee is in focus and you can see the motion of it’s wings. Below is another photo of the same plant, the star shaped head that’s left behind when the flowers have gone. Such a pretty weed!

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This Pukeko is one of this seasons chicks. I guess in bird terms he or she is now a teenager. It wasn’t that long ago that they we re little balls of black fuzz making a racket for Mum or Dad to hurry back with the food! Now they’ve nearly gotten all of their adult plumage and they’re off ‘hunting’ there own bread!

These birds are native to NZ and are common on the roadsides in both country and urban areas. They are also known by the name of ‘swamp hens’ and their cousins in other countries have similar names.

We’re off the RAINBOWS END tomorrow….wahooo! Rainbows End is a theme park in Auckland with lots of rides and NZ only corkscrew roller coaster….wahoo again! I will be sure to post many photos:)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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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!