Thar She Blows

…out walking on the Aramoana Mole when we noticed the Monarch (local tourist boat) edging in on something large….IMG_6516IMG_6516 (1)IMG_6517IMG_6517 (1)

…humpback whales!!!….Mum & calf (not caught on camera) flollopping about at the harbour mouth for a good 6 or seven dives before we abandoned play because of an incoming Southerly front…

…got back to the crib, grabbed a cuppa, wandered out to the beach to see if they were still about and was treated to one or ‘tother slapping their tail on the surface 7 or 8 times then proceeding to flip over and slap the water with both flippers ….(too busy waving my arms about and shouting encouragement to take photos, sorry)…then they proceeded to swim into the harbour channel, which at their closest put them within 30 meters of us,  so we followed them on foot as far as the extreme southern end of the Aramoana spit….not far on an incoming tide! ….till we lost sight of them almost opposite the Otakou Marae…IMG_6519IMG_6519 (1)

….not many photos, I know, but there was so much running and looking to be done, I couldn’t find the time.

…(yay, whales).

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Stolen Property

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…I’d put it back where I found it, personally.

Sealions

…this big lad at the pilot’s wharf on the Aramoana spit…IMG_3297 IMG_3300

..and this “lovely” female in my good friend Dee’s Roses…

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…(top left, below the purple flowers)….

….(outside toilet left in shot for scale)….

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…awwww….she’s sleeping…

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…no she’s not…

…crap…flight or photo…

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…the thing with female sealions is that, unlike the males who will challenge, charge,  then stand their ground, the females will follow you for some distance….

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…like, right to the back door….

…maybe we’ll hold off admiring the roses till next week.

When The Good Friend Dee Was On Tour

…I had “nothing-better-to-do”….

…so I did some doodling…some plotting out…started a few bits and pieces…IMG_2841

 

…(thank god she was only gone 5 days “that” was getting out of hand).

 

 

…(hope you didn’t enlarge the photo…some of that lot haven’t been posted yet…shoulda put in a spoiler alert).

The Trouble With The Catballs Soup Cans

…is that, as  characters, it’s hard to find  anything more than bit parts for them…Scan 441

 

…although…. they do seem to have impact, in any cartoon they appear in.