Well it is the Christmas Holidays as you will all know.
Some countries have the classic White Christmas which is a magical experience, here in NZ it is summer so we get a warmer (normally), less white holiday season.
One of the New Zealand native trees that flowers around this time is the Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa), this is known as the NZ Christmas Tree with its great red or crimson flowers bursting to life all over the country.
I noticed today that there is one on our neighbours property that we get a great view of and it is in full bloom.
So whilst we don’t get the enjoyment of playing in the snow during this time of festive fun. We do get the wonderful view of our very own explosion of Christmas colour which spreads it’s own kind of joy.
Been working in some gardens recently.
Whilst most of it is just pulling out weeds there are the occasional times that there are awesome sights to be seen.
One of my favourite flowers is the Bird of Paradise flower seen below.
I love the creative shape and the amazing colour.
Thank you Nature for your inspirational plants.
The results of the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 have been announced.
Below are the overall winner and a couple other of my favourite photos.
Overall Winner: Bubble-jetting emperors by Paul Nicklen
Animal Portraits Winner: Warning night light by Larry Lynch
The World in Our Hands Winner: Ice matters by Anna Henly
To view all the winning photos go to The Guardian’s website here
Thank you Nature for continuing to inspire and amaze us.
The best part about the arrival of spring is all the brilliant blossoms that surround the streets and gardens.
I got a welcome surprise from my garden when I found awesome flowers blooming from a plant that until now didn’t look like much at all.
I guess that showed my ignorance of the plants that we had in our own garden (Although in my defense we have only lived here since May and did not plant it ourselves).
It is always nice to have some colour around the place.
Thank you Nature for your brilliant colours.
I am a big supporter of free range eggs.
I think mankind are better than needing to hold animals in a torturing-like environment just to get some food.
Chickens deserve as much freedom as humans.
One day I will have my own chickens and will not need to buy eggs. Until that day I will continue to buy free range to support the industry.
I hope that others will realize the importance of doing this and join me.
This is what I have just bought today.
I’m not sure if what I found inside was planted or not, but it sure helps give the impression of being authentic free range.
A lovely little feather to keep one egg slightly warmer.
Please consider free range eggs when you next shop. The price difference is not huge but it sure makes a big difference to the poor hens.
Thank you Nature for the incredible egg.
9th of August. Today is the the day that Internationally we celebrate the World’s Indigenous People.
To be able to look forward and plan for the future we need to know our history and where we have come from.
I have a distant link to the Indigenous People from New Zealand; the Maori. I am 1/64th Maori (7th generation) and I have had some exposure to the culture, life and history of the Maori. I think it is something that everyone has to do in their own countries for their respective Indigenous Peoples.
A Maori warrior performing a haka. The action of sticking out the tongue is called a Pukana.
Although not a traditional Maori haka, the All Blacks share a bit of Maori culture with the world each time they take the field and perform this war dance in preparation for their battle.
All Blacks performing their haka ahead of a test match. Lead by Piri Weepu.
I urge everyone to take some time to investigate the history of their own country (and others) and learn about their Indigenous cultures.
As Nature would have it there are often similarities between indigenous cultures all around the world. They have each mastered how to survive in their particular climate and utilize what is around them without destroying it. There are things we can learn here I think.
For more information you can go to the UN website.
Let’s celebrate Indigenous People all around the world.
It has been a while, sorry about that. Been busy studying and working out what I want to do with my life.
I always felt that if you are not going forward, you are going backwards.
That is part of the reason I decided to do some study this year and further my education. I am studying Renewable Energy Technology at the Southern Institute of Technology. There are a couple of great things about this course; firstly, it is free to NZ residents as SIT have the Zero Fees scheme, and secondly I can do it via correspondence meaning I don’t have to freeze living in Invercargill. Instead I still freeze but get to stay at home.
I have learnt some very interesting things so far on this course, mainly to do with power from Nature. IE the Sun’s energy, Wind power, Tidal power, etc.
Did you know that if just 1.3% of the earths deserts had Solar Panels installed they would produce enough electricity to supply all of the worlds current energy requirements! How cool is that? Some people think they look ugly but I actually quite like a huge array of solar panels laid out perfectly, looks quite spectacular. And a good way to utilize otherwise unusable land. I think it shows how far mankind has come. What do you think?
Alternatively I’m sure that if every house on earth had a couple of good solar panels on its roof along with good insulation and efficient lighting then that would achieve a similar outcome. And if these guys can do it then I’m sure we can.
They don’t have to be on our houses. Let’s get creative.
We just have to harness Nature’s awesome (renewable) power. Thank you Nature