This morning's front page of the Otago Daily Times (our local paper) shows a fantastic photo taken in the Dunedin Botanic Garden of a kowhai tree in flower with a kereru digging into the goodness of the flowers of this beautiful tree. There are also two smaller photos of a tui and a bumblebee enjoying the flowery nibbles on a mild July day. Mild? Middle of winter? Daffodils in a white vase inside, windows wide open, bell birds singing outside while they, together with tui and wax eyes, wait for their daily dose of sugar water. More details about our unusual weather in this afore mentioned article.
During the past year I've posted photos of tui sipping sugar water from a large plate on our balcony, photos of kereru sitting on branches of the Vergilia trees outside my study, but unfortunately have never tried to take a photo of a bumblebee.
The ODT photographers are very good and it's always fascinating to observe how they find special areas in our town that need our awareness. Daring too! When in early 2000 Miriam had her exhibition in the Moray Gallery, Stephen Jacquerie (ODT) stood on the pergola rafters to take a photo of her sitting down in our garden surrounded by dozens of her paintings.
|Back and cover pages of book about Miriam|
Tonight Bart and I went to the launch of Raymond Huber's stunning children's book Flight of the Honey Bee with amazing illustrations by Brian Lovelock. Claire Beynon launched the book in a witty and thoughtful speech. It was wonderful to be with our friends at this happy occasion. The book is dedicated to Raymond's and his wife Penelope Todd's first grandchild, Spencer Bond. What a lucky child he is. The book has already been translated into the Danish language. Let's hope it will be translated into many other languages as well. This book deserves to be treasured.