Thursday, November 20, 2008

Taking a leaf...

I thought I'd take a leaf (or a flower) out of Aferrismoon's blog who in turn took a leaf out of Jenn's at Hidden Dakini & take you with me on a walk I had today around the Auckland Flower Show.

I got to go on a work day & didn't have to pay - need I say more? I'm not a crowd lover & don't enjoy the commercialism, but once I cottoned on to the idea that I could turn my trek into a visual tea party for travellers traversing the blogosphere I had a bit of fun.

So here for your viewing pleasure are some highlights from the 2008 Flower Show. Apologies for the quality of some of the pics, plus the battery in the camera dried up - still this is what I ended up with.

This bird is a Tui, one of my most favourite NZ birds. They have a little tuft of white feathers that fluffs out at their throat & a kind of hooked beak for drinking nectar from flowers. They make the most amazing delicious sounds;

From wiki "... are known for their noisy, unusual call, different for each individual, that combine bellbird-like notes with clicks, cackles, timber-like creaks and groans, and wheezing sounds...Some of the huge range of Tui sounds are beyond the human register... Tui will also sing at night, especially around the full moon period."

Here's a little snippet, but is only a small range of their abilities

And now for a few pre-flat battery pics. There was a very clever Cleopatra display made out of vegetables, but I'll just have to leave that to your imagination.

I have just stepped into my weak-end - which is something we in NZ do before the rest of the world. Hope you have a good one.