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Toole
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Please to see you are getting out and about David.

There are still some fungi showing in the bush here as well.

I posted a few pics back on the 12 June under the General Forum --it was about the time of the Forum upgrade so not sure if you have seen them.

It's forecast to reach 16C down this way on Sat so i might go for a bit of a wander down the coast.

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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Spent last weekend up country on the first S.P.A.T. field trip of this season.

On the way we stopped off at an anglers access to view the declining Pimelea sericeovillosa ssp pulvinaris and common mat daisy Raoulia australis which is quite distinctive with its yellow flowers .

 

Myosotis uniflora was also in bloom .While a number of cushions had faded yellow flowers where most had gone over to white, on a cooler spot we found a plant that had not yet done so.

Pete decided to park up on a Raoulia field where upon exiting the vehicle we were ' informed' by a 'local resident' that this was his patch and to move on ....Here he is, a male Banded Dotterel, trying i think , to mimic a pair of broken wings in an attempt to lead us away from his nest which had a clutch of 3 eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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Curious that those three eggs are separated and not together.  I would have thought it would be more difficult for the mother to keep them all warm.

 

  Definitely aids in the camouflage, though.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Toole
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RickR wrote:

Curious that those three eggs are separated and not together.  I would have thought it would be more difficult for the mother to keep them all warm.

Definitely aids in the camouflage, though.

I thought that as well Rick .I understand Incubation is performed by both adults for about 4 weeks and chicks fledge after another 5-6 weeks.....

Continuing on with the weekend ,next morning the cloud was low as we made our way up the Hooker Valley.

View into the Terminal lake of the 13k long Mueller Glacier.

Doug's daughter Samantha is 8 and already has a healthy interest in getting out and photographing in the mountains .At this rate I suspect it won't be too long before she will be ahead of us in terms of plant knowledge and photography........cool.

Further up the valley the weather started to improve allowing glimpses of Mt Cook ,followed by a nice flowering specimen of  Aciphylla aurea .

A trio of pics of Ranunculus lyallii --the clumps with the brown showing underneath the leaves being most attractive.

   

John ,another member of our group up high on eastern slopes with the massif of Mt Cook as a backdrop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Toole
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There wasn't much 'happening ' plant wise on the eastern slopes so Pete and i decided to travel down and search over the other side of the lake just below the snow patch indicated by the red X.

This western side was more productive and a number of plants were seen including Gingidia montana and good sized mats of Ourisia caespitosa as we made our way up to the snow patch.

 

As well as a Euphrasia sps which I have keyed out as petriei because of its broad ,rounded ,lobed leaves. Eventually our way was blocked by snow affected by rock material ,(I'm sure there is a geological term for it ....  indecision- Lori ?.).

So we headed back down again coming across this R.lyallii affected with virus.

.Cheers Dave.

 

 

 

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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Our long day ended with a short visit to the Tasman River delta to view Raoulia haastii  ,followed by Pimelea prostrata.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Hoy
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Thanks Dave! I never think I'll ever get tired of looking at pictures of plants and landscape from NZ!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Trond you might like this one as well ...Admittedly I haven't had to travel far to take a picture . wink Bulbinella rossii looking nice and fresh in a cool spot in the back garden .smiley

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Fermi
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Dave,

if you need to have a cool place for it we'd need to make room in the fridge!cheeky

Superb plant!

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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Fermi wrote:

Dave,

if you need to have a cool place for it we'd need to make room in the fridge!cheeky

Superb plant!

cheers

fermi

Thanks Fermi

You might like the following ....wink

Phone rings Sunday night..,,,,It’s Mr Newall asking if I wanted to accompany him up a ‘hill’ this week to see if any buttercups were out and as Tuesday’s weather looked okay that’s when he planned to go.

Of course I said yes .

Here’s a number of pics from our 10 hour hike around and up over Smooth Peak, Northern Southland.

Imposing plants of Aciphylla ‘lomond’ on the valley floor.

 

A couple hours of uphill slog and our first decent stop.Steve in amongst a field of Viola and Carex.

Viola sps and Carex petriei close up.

  

Most Celmisia semicordata ssp stricta were in heavy bud yet to flower however we found a plant or two lower down near the stream in flower.

A creeping Kelleria sps and close up, growing amongst the snow tussocks.

  

Steve spied Anemone tenuicaulis ,a first for me.

 

Geum uniflorum in bloom with the hairy foliage of an Ourisia sps beside it.

 

 

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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