Early Morning Wandering

Well this is just a short one as we are only just in the new week.  But while the mood strikes make the most of it.

The above was written about a week ago, but the post was never completed.  So here goes.

First some photos of Pukekos in the Western Springs Park outside the zoo.  They are very industrious when it comes to tearing up patches of the grassed areas around the lake.  They tear up tufts of the grass looking for the sweet roots which they then proceed to eat discarding the rest of the plant.   By the time they have finished the area of grass is devastated.

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There are also some rather large eels in the stream that flows out of the Springs Lake.  They appear to ignore the adult ducks but would certainly enjoy young duckling.


Also beside the track that runs around the lake there are a number of sculptures the best of which is this one.



Besides Pukeko there are Geese with goslings, Hens with chickens, Ducks and Ducklings, Swans and cygnets. as well as a range of other water birds including Scoop, Shags and Seagulls

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There are also a large number of people exercising at 6:30 in the morning, running walking and biking.

On another early morning walk I managed to make my way to the Domain and spent some time around the Winter Gardens (which, of course, are closed at 6 in the morning). But there are a number of Flower beds of lilies providing colour. Each bed was planted in a different colour giving a massed display of blooms.

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This sculpture is placed just below the Winter Gardens


Walking away from the Gardens I noticed this Pohutukawa in bloom and decided to have a closer look. From a distance it appeared to just be a low growing tree but closer inspection revealed otherwise.


The tree had at some time in the past split in two with both halves crashing to the ground. Fortunately instead of just cutting the whole tree out the ground staff had left it to its own devices. And as is typical of Pohutukawa it had formed secondary root systems where the branches had embedded in the soil and continued to grow.


Each side had formed its own structure but still remained attached to the original base. It is interesting to note the contortions that Pohutukawa tree branches form as they try to hold in the ground and grow upright at the same time. Old time boat builders were always on the lookout for curved branches that would provide suitably shaped bow and stern posts, as well as ribs for their boats.

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And as usual the beauty of the flower itself is a very suitable emblem.

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In the lead up to Christmas we seemed to have been kept busy what with one thing or another, however we did manage to make a trip down to Huntly to visit Roy’s Aunty Win.  She is 99 and has just moved into a retirement village.  She is still as sharp as a tack and physically agile and it was lovely to catch up with her. 

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