So lovely to spend time with family.  I was impressed with the way they always managed to walk the dogs, even when their days at work had been long and arduous – although I’m not sure if I enjoyed that first sprint down the hill and up the bank in the dark… And the views were amazing. Far too many to post quickly.

In the beautiful Bay of Plenty


We walked along by the river again today.  There were lots of houses, some posh, some not so posh – but this little crumbling cottage caught my eye.  Looks like nothing, but there are signs of someone who calls this place home.  Potted plants and a towel hanging by one peg on the line…

…no matter how humble there’s no place like home.


New Zealand’s longfin eels (Anguilla dieffenbachia)

The longfin eels of New Zealand are a unique and threatened species with a precarious future.  They can take 20 or more years to reach maturity, and reproduce only once In their lives.  Once they are mature they leave their freshwater homes and swim many miles out to sea where the eggs are laid and fertilized.  They then drift back to New Zealand on the ocean currents, eventually swimming upstream to restart the life cycle.

sunlight on water
hiding place