I Shoulda

…taken a photo this before I “octopied” it….

…the original artist tried to sell at the price in the picture below….

….and when it appeared in one of my local charity shop haunts it was priced at….

…which I considered to be way too much for the amount of beige it contained….waaay too much….

…then, after a long period of time,  it popped up in the “free-bin” out side said charity shop….and feeling the need to adjust  the amount of beige in the composition …it became….  …and was immediately claimed by Dee…who also likes partially covered beige…and the Otago harbour….…but not cruise ships….

 

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From The Other Side

…Aramoana spit from Taiaroa Head…IMG_6859

…unidentifiable brown lump in harbour…IMG_6860

…possibly Nessie on her hol’s….

…possible sight of low cost budget package tour accommodation Nessie booked thru ropey holiday website…IMG_6863

…mmmm….leaky caravan adjacent to road works (Harbour Cone in back ground).

On An Idyllic Day

…on an idyllic beach…IMG_6858IMG_6850…sealions…IMG_6855

…sealions…IMG_6853…variable oyster catchers….IMG_6847…sealions…IMG_6842IMG_6846IMG_6845…and a bloody unpleasant climb up & out….IMG_6857

…(only 30% of very steep sand dune shown…good friend Dee included for scale….with kind permission from good friend Dee)….

 

….(…

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…).

Washed

…up???…foot???…seaweed???…WHAT?….IMG_5997

…the Otago harbour sometimes does that annoying answer-to-my-question “magic-8-ball” thing…

…also recently washed up on the beach…IMG_6002IMG_6004IMG_6000

…another female sealion on a break…

…that’s the third in as many months (note the tag on the  near side flipper…something not present on the  other two)…

…nice to see them using the beach so regularly…

….mmm…sealions…..

When Is A Log Not A Log

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…when it’s a female sea lion of course…

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…careful where you tread.

 

…(much larger than the last lass to drop by near my good friend Dee’s place…but no less stinky!…mmmm…nothing beats the great smell of sea-lion in the morning….).

Holiday Snaps

…I meant to put these up on Sunday, but was extra busy in the shop…

…snow forecast for today…so no so busy today!….

…always holiday prepared…(especially if you’re still carrying that cold)….IMG_5385

 

…take plenty of recycling….(and booze)

 

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….and sustenance….

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…because your hostess may have cleaned (out) the fridge…

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…and only left you a fluffy quince…(without explaining they are supposed to be fluffy)…

 

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…go outside….don’t forget your gloves….

 

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…take pictures of nature….

 

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…and natures residents….

 

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…get back inside before the weather breaks….

 

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…had a wonderful time…

…wish I was back there now!

Wildlife Photography None Oh None

…or just go out and enjoy animals in nature and leave the photo stuff to the professionals… …royal albatross wingtip…at the top… IMG_5280   …royal albatross frightening the crap out of a shag, causing it to dive…that’s the splashy bit bottom right… IMG_5278 …royal albatross picked out of long shot …thus very, very grainey….IMG_5279   ….the royal albatross from the Taiaroa Head colony have been flying in the Aramoana beach/Otago harbour mouth area over the last couple of days…normally they don’t seem to fly this side of the heads that much…very good views of them were to be had from the Aramoana mole…for those of us stupid enough to be out there in a South/South Westerly gale!!!…I’m sure I could of got some better shots if I hadn’t been in awe of their 3 metre/10 foot wing span and grace in the air …flying less than 30 meters from where we were standing..er..leaning into the wind…gob open…lens shut!! …I’d like to thank the Aramoana Mole for being such an accommodating viewing platform… …(and before anyone asks…”none-oh-none” instead of “101”).