Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tax-Payer-Supported View

Ben had to pay extra taxes for the tax year ending a year ago today. (Something to do with filing returns via an accountant gives us a year's buffer.) I went to Inland Revenue yesterday to part with a big check, and not wearing a big smile. (I wished they'd tax us based on household income; they may even take pity on Ben!)  

Anyhoo, they have a great view from the 6th floor of the City Council building; they said I can take a picture as long as I didn't open the window. The park on the left is Trafalgar Park, which hosted three World Cup rugby games last year.

Monday, March 26, 2012


I've got film scanned finally.  Olympus OM2n and 28mm F2.8.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Apple Shed

This is used to be a Smoke House Cafe.   Their outlet is still at next door. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Flat Bottom Fairy @ Mapua

Every hour,  a little fun for  $5.  Although I didn't tried yet, but next time I'm there.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Whole City

I always thought circuit boards looked like city blocks or factory layouts, possibly a diorama material for an impossibly small train set, but at Palms this week they actually had a whole city in their window.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bird Watching

This morning I watched, for nearly 90 minutes, this one ill-coordinated wax eye trying to eat an unripe fig. It just couldn't seem to get a grip of the fruit or leaf,slipped and slid, and the nearby branch seems a tad too far away. This one is mean even for a wax eye, and not only chased away anyone that came anywhere near the said fig, but I've actually witnessed this one staring down wax eyes, sometimes all puffed up, sometimes spreading its wings to scare others away. Riveting stuff! It sat sadly by common sparrows later, though, so it knew its limits. 

The only worry is, birds this year are not waiting for the figs to ripen, which tells me there may not be enough food out there.

Yellow was the mean one, and every so slightly smaller than the others. Pink was one of many who came and started eating with no problem balancing, and was stared down.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Sun Flare?

Someone told me there is a sun flare that we can observe.  I'm not sure if I'm looking at or just an ordinary but another beautiful sunset.

Monday, March 05, 2012


This is at Airport.

Note: Light crop to cut the mesh fence. Further processed final image here:

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Friday, March 02, 2012

Wish a warmer days

It's getting little cooler tan used to be.  Today we has a rains and expecting a gust in tomorrow morning. Check the "nelson Tasman Emergency Management" website for warning.