Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #182 Singe & Deep


Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #182 Singe & Deep Tanka Poem

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snow can singe also
burning edges to drop off
deep within the source
wintry cold memories
feeling sad for the poor plant

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku – only its a Tanka poem.

The Challenge Words

Singe & Deep

Weekend Writing Prompt #35 – End of Year Challenge


Weekend Writing Prompt #35 – End of Year Challenge

Thank you, Sammi Cox, for the word prompt – End of Year Challenge –  Sammi says it is a little different for the final Weekend Writing Prompt of 2017.

Here are the Challenges Sammi has given us today, if you would like to join in please use the link above, this is not my challenge.

Do any or all of the following – it’s up to you!

  • Post a link to your favourite response to a Weekend Writing Prompt so we can all revisit it again.  If you posted your response in the comments copy and paste it below.
  • Answer the following question: Out of the 34 Weekend Writing Prompt posts published, what was your favourite poetry or prose challenge, word prompt or photo prompt?
  • If you are wanting to write something new, go through the list of writing prompts to see if there are any weeks you missed and pick one.  (You can find them all here.)  If you’ve participated every week, choose one at random.  Don’t forget to post your link / your response below.
  • Write a post inspired by the words “End of Year Challenge” and leave a link at the bottom of the image above.
  • Write a poem or story inspired by the photo montage above and post to the link at the bottom of the image above.

Before I write my poem for the End of year challenge – 35, I’m leaving a link for Week 16 – Colours, it was a very successful post.

Now to write a Tanka poem inspired by the photo above.

beautiful colors
winding up end of year prompts
a photo montage
from my house to yours Sammi
wishing you, Happy New Year.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 77 – Dreamer & Magic


Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 77 – Dreamer & Magic

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “dreamer & magic” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.
  2. If you would like to write a Haiku poem instead of Tanka poetry, please do.
  3. In fact, the choice is yours, write any style of poetry you wish using that prompt

Copy and paste the link of your finished poem in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks, as I receive them.

My tanka poem  – using the words “ dreamer & magic”.

walking on water
riding on a brown ducks back
believe of magic
are you like me a dreamer
nice to think back to childhood

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge” Week 76 – Christmas & Joy – 20 December 2017

Deborah – She is the author of A Wise Woman’s Journey Blog, Deborah is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

Frank J Tassone – Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog

Joelle LeGendre – Two on a Rant, only on her own at the moment.

Reena SaxenaFounder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Vandana – her website title is Feelings and Freedom, she likes reading, writing, music, and nature it shows on her blogs. Check it out, please.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is a widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Edwin Ronald Lambert – He is a 20 years old college student, and lives in Aluva, Kerala in India.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories

All About Penguins

All About Penguins


Photo CreditA family of yellow-eyed penguin

On the 28 November I post about Flightless Birds in New Zealand, I said: I will have another article about Penguins”. Here it is.

Yellow-eyed Penguin

The yellow-eyed penguin is a penguin native to New Zealand.

Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely observe penguins from hides, trenches or tunnels.

They are a mid-sized penguin, measuring 62-79 cm (24-31 in) long. Weights vary through the year being greatest, 5.5 to 8 kg (12-18 lbs), just before molting and least, 3 to 6 kg (6.6 -13.2 lbs), after molting.

The males are larger than the females. They have a pale yellow head and paler yellow iris with black feather shafts. The chin and throat are brownish-black. There is a band of bright yellow running from its eyes around the back of the head.

The juvenile has a greyer head with no band and their eyes have a grey iris.

The yellow-eyed Penguin may be long-lived, with some individuals reaching 20 years of age. Males generally live longer than females, leading to a sex ratio of 2:1 around the age of 10-12 years.

Yellow-eyed Penguin

Photo Credit – On the shore of Enderby Island, Auckland Islands

These penguins usually nest in forest or scrub, among Native Flax (Phormium Tenax) and lupin (Lupinus arboreus), on slopes or gullies, or the shore itself, facing the sea. These areas are generally sited in small bays or on headland areas of larger bays. It is found in New Zealand, on the southeast coast of South Island, Foveaux Strait, and Stewart Island, Auckland, and Campbell Islands.It expanded its range from the subantarctic islands to the main islands of New Zealand after the extinction of the Waitaha Penguin several hundred years ago.

Around 90% of the yellow-eyed penguin’s diet is made up of fish.

The consensus view of New Zealand penguin workers is that it is preferable to use habitat rather than colony to refer to areas where yellow-eyed penguins nest. Nest sites are selected in August and normally two eggs are laid in September. The incubation duties (lasting 39–51 days) are shared by both parents who may spend several days on the nest at a time. For the first six weeks after hatching, the chicks are guarded during the day by one parent while the other is at sea feeding. The foraging adult returns at least daily to feed the chicks and relieve the partner.

After the chicks are six weeks of age, both parents go to sea to supply food to their rapidly growing offspring. Chicks usually fledge in mid-February and are totally independent of then from then on.

Chick fledge weights are generally between 5 and 6 kg.

First breeding occurs at three to four years of age and long-term partnerships are formed.


This species of penguin is endangered, with an estimated population of 4000. It is considered one of the world’s rarest penguin species. The main threats include habitat degradation and introduced predators. It may be the most ancient of all living penguins.

In August 2010, the yellow-eyed penguin was granted protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The Endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins of New Zealand

Little Blue Penguin

Little Blue Penguin

Photo Credit  – Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor), Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

The Little Penguin is the smallest species of penguin. The penguin, which usually grows to an average of 33 cm (13 in) in height and 43 cm (17 in) in length are found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand, with possible records from Chile. Apart from Little Penguins, they have several common names.

In Australia, they are also referred to as Fairy Penguins because of their tiny size.

In New Zealand, they are also called Little Blue Penguins, or just Blue Penguins, owing to their slate-blue plumage. Rough estimates (as new colonies continue to be discovered) of the world population are around 350,000 – 600,000 animals.

Little penguins preen their feathers to keep them waterproof. They do this by rubbing a tiny drop of oil onto every feather from a special gland above the tail.


Photo Credit  Little penguin (Eudyptula minor) family exiting burrow at night, Bruny Island

Little penguins mature at different ages. The female matures at 2 years old. The male, however, matures at 3 years old. Little penguins only remain faithful to their partner in breeding seasons and whilst hatching eggs. At other times of the year, they do tend to swap burrows. 

One or two white or lightly mottled brown eggs are laid with a rarer second (or even third) clutches following. Incubation takes up to 36 days. Chicks are brooded for 18–38 days and fledge after 7–8 weeks.

During the breeding and chick rearing seasons, little penguins will leave their nest at sunrise, forage for food throughout the day and return to their nests just after dusk. 

The species is not considered endangered, except for the White-Flippered subspecies found only on Banks Peninsula and nearby Motunau Island in New Zealand. Since the 1960s, the mainland population has declined by 60-70%; though there has been a small increase on Motunau Island.

But overall Little Penguin populations have been decreasing as well, with some colonies having been wiped out and other populations continuing to be at risk. The greatest threat to Little Penguin populations has been predation (including nest predation) from cats, dogs, foxes, large reptiles, and possibly ferrets and stoats.

Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin

Photo Credit – Adults and a juvenile on Snow Hill Island, Antarctica.

New Zealand Emperor Penguin (Lost at Sea)

Writing about “Happy Feet” a Penguin that made his way to Peka Peka Beach Kapiti, near Wellington New Zealand on the 20 June 2011.

Happy Feet became the focus of the world after it turned up on a beach some 2,500 miles from its home, only the second Emperor penguin known to have shown up in New Zealand.

It underwent endoscopic surgery in June to remove 6.6 pounds of sand from its stomach, survived operations at Wellington Zoo, and subsequently recuperated at the zoo, where a “penguin cam” allowed fans to observe its every move over the Internet.

Penguins normally eat snow to stay hydrated, but veterinarians believe Happy Feet, named after the main character in a popular animated film, became confused and ate sand instead.

Through a public campaign, the zoo has raised the $10,000 needed to cover the costs of housing Happy Feet. It also has raised about $8,000 toward the costs of returning him to the sub-Antarctic ocean south of New Zealand. That trip could cost up to $30,000.

4 September 2011 – News, Happy Feet, the emperor penguin who captured the hearts of New Zealanders and others around the world, has been released back into the Southern Ocean, off NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa.

Happy Feet was released at 10:30 am on 4 September, 49 miles north of Campbell Island, at a depth of 285 meters.

12 September 2011 – Where in the ocean is Happy Feet?

We may never know what happened to emperor penguin Happy Feet as his satellite transmitter has stopped transmitting. Sirtrack, who provided the transmitter, have confirmed that a signal has not been received since 9 September, NZ time. This lack of signal means that the transmitter has not broken the surface of the water since that time.

The transmitter had been working as expected up until its last transmission, so there are two possibilities: either the transmitter has fallen off or a predator has prevented Happy Feet from surfacing.

Emperor penguins are the largest penguin species and can weigh up to 66 pounds. The adults may grow up to a height of 1.1 meters and weight more than 35 kgs.

As a matter of interest – The last sighting of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand took place in 1967.

Happy Feet – the lost Emperor Penguin

Liebster Award – 5

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Liebster Award – 5

I have been awarded “The Liebster Award” again for the fifth time.

I would like to thank Wendy, Owner of “New Zealand Earth Nerd – Dream on Farm”, who nominated me.

I like the title she has in her header.

“When you choose an alternative lifestyle with no idea what you are doing, make it up as you go”.

She has a very interesting blog I’m sure you will enjoy her story.

What is the Liebster Award?

The word “Liebster” (originating in German) has several definitions — dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued. 

In the current context, this award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers.

Here are the rules:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
Answer the questions the blogger gives you.
Nominate some blogs.
Notify those blogs of the nomination.
Give them questions to answer.

Here are the questions Wendy was asked, I will answer them, some I have answered before, I will add a few images to brighten the post.

View from Hagleys Garden

What country, city or continent would you most like to visit and why?

New Zealand, all though I have lived here all my life and I love it, but  I have never been to the South Island would love to see Hagley Park in Christchurch, where my husbands Great Grand Father arrived in the mid-1800 century, his grave in down there.

What was the most inspirational time in your life so far?

All my life has been inspirational, as each day goes by, and now in my golden years, there are more and more times that situations light up my heart and gives me powerful motivations to continue on and face a new day with creative ideas while I’m still active.


What are you passionate about?

My family also enjoy the little town of Waitara in Taranaki NZ, it has much beauty that misses the eyes of an average person passing through.

What is your favorite book and why?

I have no favorite book, the bible is about the only book I have now, my books have all been given away over the years, to new homes, less clutter to be removed from my home when I’m no longer living. I get all my reading from blogs on the internet.

What is your favorite time of year?

Autumn Ferns Scene


What other interests do you have besides blogging?


Walking -This photo is the walkway beside the Waitara river. 

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

I like both.  It is only a five-minute walk to the ocean from my home, and only 30 minute drive to the Mount Taranaki/Egmont.

Gemma Mount Egmont:Taranaki

Where did you go for your most memorable holiday?

Walk up the tower at Wanganui with my family, remembering my 4 year old grandson playing a game as we went around the corners of the tower, it was some program he had seen on the TV, he acted it out very well, that was some 20 years ago I have never forgotten, so much laughter.


Do you prefer a sunny or a rainy day?

Sunny days, in Taranaki NZ with the mountain in the heart of our little part of the world, we get many rainy days which is ideal for farming.

If you had a day all to yourself, how would you spend it?

Most likely sitting at my computer reading other bloggers posts and writing.

I’m very happy doing that, it completely relaxes me while my husband watches TV, I can completely cut the background noise out.

My iMac

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. Coffee or tea or mocha/hot chocolate?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. How would you describe your sense of humor?
  4. What would your ideal day be like?
  5. Is there a specific thing you like to blog about?
  6. What was your favorite class when still at school?
  7. Could you live without your smartphone?
  8. Who is your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!
  9. Do you have any pets?
  10. How would you describe yourself in just three words?

Please note –  If you prefer the questions asked of me, please use them instead.

Finally to nominate other blogs for the “Liebster Award”.

I have spent  many hours looking for new bloggers to nominate for this award, if you want to have a go, please accept this as a personal invite, let me know in the comments, I will add your website, so other bloggers can read your posts and follow you if they are interested in your writing subjects.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, comments, likes, or simply takes a quiet tour of my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

There is never any obligation with my nominations.
If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 73 – Mornings & Winter

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 73 – Mornings & Winter


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#NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 29

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “mornings & winter” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “mornings & winter”.

lake reflections shine
showing the chill of winter
hills bathe in cold ice
remembering school mornings
when the air was very sharp

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge” Week 72 – Morning & Challenge – 22 November 2017. Thank you.

Joelle LeGendre – Two on a Rant, only on her own at the moment.

Frank J Tassone – Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog.

Reena SaxenaFounder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Lynn – A poem in my pocket lady, I enjoy her poetry.

Sarah Whiley She writes short stories, poems, and has a weekly challenge for writers, interesting website.

Indira – She knew all along about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now she has discovered much more, please check her blog she covers many subjects.

Deborah is the author of A Wise Woman’s Journey Blog she is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

Vandana – Her website title is Feelings and Freedom, she likes reading, writing, music, and nature it shows on her blogs. Check it out, please.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories


NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 29

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 28 – Flightless Birds in New Zealand

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 28 – Flightless Birds in New Zealand

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N.Z. Flightless Birds

Native New Zealand flightless birds that are not extinct include:

Kiwi (several species) Brown Kiwi,

Kakapo – flightless parrot



Penguins (several species) I will have another article about Penguins, will post soon.

Auckland island teal

New Zealand has more species of flightless birds than any other country.

One reason is that until the arrival of humans roughly a thousand years ago, there were no large land predators.

Why the kiwi is only found in certain parts of New Zealand is destruction of forests, which sad to say is still happening, bringing in the farm aspects like dairying, which tells on flightless birds because they have nowhere to go for shelter from their predators, like rodents, cats, dogs especially rats, which are found everywhere.

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Kiwi – The Bird is Flightless and found only in New Zealand.

In the thick bush where I lived in Okoki in Taranaki, New Zealand, I’m very lucky to hear the kiwi calling out at dusk and have even heard them in the early morning.

The North Island Brown Kiwi is a species of kiwi that is widespread in the northern two-thirds of the North Island of New Zealand, with about 35,000 remaining, it is the most common kiwi.

Females stand about 40 cm (16 in) high and weigh about 2.8 kg (6.2 lb) the males about 2.2 kg (4.9 lb).

The plumage is streaky red-brown and spiky.

The kiwi, have 2-3 clutches a year with 2 eggs in each clutch.

The efforts of egg production for the female and incubation for the male cause kiwis to lose about a fifth of their body weight during each breeding attempt.

Chicks are fully feathered at hatching and leave the nest and can fend for themselves within 1 week.

94% of chicks die, before breeding in areas where mammalian pest control is not carried out, namely stoats, dogs, ferrets, and cats, are the number one threat to a kiwi.

Nationwide studies show that on average only 5 percent of kiwi chicks survive to adulthood.

I get quite excited when walking along the bush-clad Urenui river when I came across places where I see the Kiwis have been feeding, one of the signs is the ice cream cone holes, where they have been funneling their beaks in the ground for worms and insects.

Being a flightless bird, it skulks about at night, probing and scraping, for food on the leafy forest floor, it would be so nice to stumble across one during the day.

The Brown Kiwi spends the day fast asleep, concealed in a spot among undergrowth or logs.

In the area where we live, there are some 100 or more wooden stoat boxes set to help eradicate the pests, but it has to be an on-going project, to protect the kiwi’s, which is done well by the East Taranaki Environment Trust.

We also did not have cats or dogs, (as much as I would love a cat) so protecting the kiwis living in the area, if pig or goat shooters are around they should have their dogs trained to not touch kiwis, a requirement by DOC (Department of Conservation) before a license is granted to hunt.

Kiwis: Saving The World’s Cutest Endangered Birds

A fact about Kiwis

After the female kiwi lays her eggs, her mate incubates them for eleven weeks, about 80 days – the longest known incubation period of any bird.


Kakapo Chicks Day Out – Arrowtown, New Zealand

The above Video is about three precious Kakapo Chicks, which were taken to Arrowtown NZ in May 2014 for a one-off public viewing, you can see by those smiling face how the public enjoyed it.

The Kakapo night parrot, also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless nocturnal parrot endemic to New Zealand.

It was once common all over New Zealand. It has wings, but its body is too heavy to allow it to fly, although it can glide for short distances.

The kakapo is the only species of flightless parrot in the world.

It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length.

The beak of the Kakapo is adapted for grinding food finely.

For this reason, the Kakapo has a very small gizzard compared to other birds of their size.

It generally eats native plants, seeds, fruits, pollens and even the sapwood of trees.

A study in 1984 identified 25 plant species as Kakapo food.

It is particularly fond of the fruit of the Rimu tree and will feed on it exclusively during seasons when it is abundant.

The Kakapo is now an endangered species, it is critically endangered.

During the 2008–2009 summer breeding season, the total population of kakapo rose to over 100 for the first time since monitoring began, reaching 154 by 2016, with 116 adults.

Twenty-two of the 34 chicks had to be hand-reared because of a shortage of food on Codfish Island


Photo CreditA year-old kakapo on Codfish Island.

Having proved hard to breed in captivity, a large protected environment such as an island is its only chance for survival.

Has no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous lek breeding system.

What is Lek-Breeding System?

lek is an aggregation of males that gather to engage in competitive displays that may entice visiting females who are surveying prospective partners for copulation.



Photo CreditOn Tiritiri Matangi Island

South Island Takahe, is a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand and belonging to the rail family.

In the first half of the 20 century, the Takahe was thought to be extinct.

In 1948, a few of these large, blue and green birds were found in a valley in Fiordland in the South Island of New Zealand.

The species is still present in the location where it was rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains.

Small numbers have also been successfully translocated to four predator-free offshore islands, Tiritiri Matangi, Kapiti, Maud and Mana, where they can be viewed by the public.

Additionally, captive Takahe can be viewed at Te Anau and Mt Bruce wildlife centers.

Takahe at Tawharanui

In June 2006, a pair of Takahe were relocated to the Maungatautari Restoration Project.

A related species, the North Island Takahe is extinct and only known from skeletal remains.

The Takahe cannot be bred successfully in captivity.

In January 2011, a small number of Takahe were released in Zealandia, Wellington.

In total, there were 225 remaining birds.

The population stood at 263 at the beginning of 2013. In 2016 the population rose to 306 Takahe.

I have read that the Takahe cannot be bred successfully in captivity, at this point it seems there has been some success. Good News.

The North Island Takahe is extinct, it appears to have been larger than the South Island Takahe and, if it did survive until the 1890s, it would have been the largest rail in historic times.

Weka or Woodhen


Photo Credit – Weka Chicks

The Weka (also known as Maori hen or Woodhen) is a flightless bird species of the rail family.

It is endemic to New Zealand, where four subspecies are recognized.

Wekas usually lay eggs between August and January; both sexes help to incubate.

Wekas are predominantly rich brown mottled with black and grey; the brown shade varies from pale to dark depending on subspecies.

Wekas occupy areas such as forests, sub-alpine grassland, sand dunes, rocky shores and modified semi-urban environments.

They are omnivorous, with a diet comprising 30% animal foods and 70% plant foods.

Animal foods include earthworms, larvae, beetles, weta, ants, grass grubs, slugs, snails, insect eggs, slaters, frogs, spiders, rats, mice, and small birds.

Plant foods include leaves, grass, berries, and seeds.

Flightless bird in New Zealand – Weka

Wekas can raise up to four broods throughout the whole year.

On average, female Wekas lay three creamy or pinkish eggs blotched with brown and mauve. Both sexes incubate.

The chicks hatch after a month and are fed by both parents until fully grown between six and ten weeks

Wekas are unable to withstand the current pressures faced in both the North Island and South Island of New Zealand.

Predations are ferret cats, and dogs they are a threat to adult Wekas.

Stoats rats and ferrets are a threat to chicks and the eggs.

Auckland Teal Ducks

Auckland Teal

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In the photo above the Auckland Teal is in the front, with Brown Teal above.

Interesting fact about the Auckland Teal Duck – Most people think that ducks fly, but the Auckland Teal lost the power of flight because their wings are very small so flight is impossible.

The Auckland Teal or Auckland Islands Teal is a species of dabbling duck of the genus Anas that is endemic to the Auckland Islands south of New Zealand.

The species was once found throughout the Auckland Islands but is now restricted to the islands that lack introduced predators; Adams Island, Enderby Island, Disappointment Island and a few smaller islands.

The Auckland Teal is smaller and rarer than the Brown Teal of the main islands of New Zealand, a species with which it was once considered conspecific.

The plumage is all over brown with a hint of green on the neck and a conspicuous white eye-ring.

The female is slightly darker than the male.

The wings are very small and the species has, like the related Campbell Teal, lost the power of flight.

The Auckland Teal is mostly crepuscular to nocturnal, preferring to hide from predators New Zealand Falcons and skuas, (skuas is a flying seabird), during the day.

The species inhabits a variety of habitats with the islands, including tussock fields, megaherb, shrubland, and coastal waters.

It is carnivorous for the most part, feeding on marine invertebrates, insects, amphipods and other small Invertebrates.

Auckland Teal are territorial and seldom form flocks.


NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 28

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 27 – Beauty of a Rose

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 27 – Beauty of a Rose

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Beauty of a Rose

Where did the rose originate from?

The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old.

The name “rose” comes from French.

The rose is a type of flowering shrub. It comes from the Latin word Rosa

Trying to find the true “the name rose was french” in one search, in another ” Rose Latin” Is it the same place?

I came up with this; (The French culture is, like Spanish, Italian or Portuguese, a Latin culture). Is French Latin?  I do not know.

When researching, it said; The name rose, or rosa, is derived from a Celtic word rhod, meaning red.

From the Greek word rhodon – a rose tree.

I’m a bit confused maybe someone reading this can leave a comment at the end of this post about “where the word rose came from the French or the greek”.

Tuscany Superb Rose

This ‘Tuscany Superb’ rose cultivar was discovered in 1837.

In New Zealand, the first roses were introduced by European settlers about 1836 there were hedges appearing that had been grown from seeds, like ‘Sweet Briar’. ‘Dog Rose’, the China rose, red and pink which is still popular in most gardens as shrubs.

Ornamental roses have been cultivated for millennia, with the earliest known cultivation to date from at least 500 BC in Mediterranean countries, Persia, and China.

Roses have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics.

Rosa Rubiginosa Hips

Rosa Rubiginosa Hips

5 Uses for Roses

Cut Flowers – Generally they are harvested and cut when in the bud, and held in refrigerated conditions until ready for display at their point of sale.

Perfume – Rose perfumes are made from rose oil, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam distilling the crushed petals of roses.

Food and Drink – Rose hips are occasionally made into jam, jelly, marmalade, and soup or are brewed for tea, primarily for their high vitamin C content.

Medicine – Many roses have been used in herbal and folk medicines. Rosa chinensis has long been used in Chinese traditional medicine. This and other species have been used for stomach problems, and are being investigated for controlling cancer growth.

Art – Roses are a favored subject in art and appear in portraits, illustrations, on stamps, as ornaments or as architectural elements.


Rosa Polyantha Hybrid ‘The Fairy’

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Types of Roses

There are many types of roses in various forms, this is a few of them, the modern day breeding of roses are changing and bringing in new varieties every day.

Hybrid Teas are by far the most popular type, representing about 75% of the roses grown, they have large blooms in the spring, summer, and autumn, are single or in small clusters.

Floribunda (Latin for “many-flowering”) is a modern group of garden roses that was developed by crossing hybrid teas with polyantha roses, it is a rose that features a large cluster of smaller blooms, some of which are of classic hybrid tea form, while others are single or semi-double, with up to twelve or more florets on the flower head.

They are used extensively for massed beds and low hedges, also suitable for cut flowers.

Climbing Rose – They produce long willowy canes that may be trained to cover a feature wall, trellis, archways or even unsightly fences or sheds.

Shrub Roses – These bushy cultivars are hybrids between a strong bush rose and a climber. Single or double flowers bloom continually throughout the rose season.

Weeping Standards – They are up to 2 meters in height, the flowering canes drop down almost to the ground creating an impressive spring display.

Standard Roses – They are usually a hybrid tea or floribunda variety which have been budded into the top of a tall stock stem, usually up to a meter in high.

Miniature Rose Bush – Sometimes called “Fairy Rose” they have been bred to almost a dwarf size 6-12 inches in height and width, they are remarkably hardy and easy to grow. Because of their small size, they are suitable for a rock garden or as a border to a rose garden or planted in a flower box, or as a houseplant on a window ledge.

The majority of ornamental roses are hybrids that were bred for their flowers.

Rosa Else Poulsen

Rosa Else Poulsen 1924 – an early Floribunda cultivar

Perfume Roses

For hundreds of years, the rose has been cherished for its beauty, form, and fragrance inspiring gardeners everywhere.

Roses are relaxing and even entertaining, (have ever stopped and looked at a perfect rose and admired its perfection)? there is nothing nicer than the subtle perfume of the rose.

Have you ever wonder how it keeps its perfume year after year and wonder if you changed the way you feed them, would the smell change?

Rosa Angel Face Rose

Rosa Angel Face – Floribunda Rose

Rosa Angel Face – Floribunda Rose flowers are an unusual lavender-blue.

They are heavy bloomers, and you will be rewarded with repeat waves of blooms as you remove the spent blooms

It is a good rose to use as a cut flower, both for its beauty and its deep fragrance.

Tip for the best scent, cut stems just as the bud opens and keep in cool water in a dark room for a few hours. Recut at an angle.

The short, dense form of flowers, makes it an excellent choice for a border or low hedge, or in front of a mixed shrub border, where it will receive an abundance of morning sunlight but will be protected from the hot afternoon sun, especially in mid-summer.

For continued flowering, fertilize them, at least, three times a year, keep well watered.

Prune in late winter, to reduce the bush to about one-third to encourage new growth, fertilize established roses when the leaf growth starts to appear.

Tips – Rose Diseases

Powdery Mildew – The first signs of this disease are the appearance of white or greyish white spots on the young leaves and stems. These spread rapidly and very soon affect leaves stem and the buds, giving them the appearance of being dusted with powder.

Black Spot – A virulent rose disease if not checked, this is particularly rifle in humid, atmosphere and high temperatures. It appears as random black or purplish-brown spots on the upper surface of the almost fully grown leaflets which eventually yellow and drops.

Rust – The fungi have several forms will unless checked defoliate a bush. The rust spore roots enter into the leaf structure itself. The first visible stage occurs as small rust-colored pustule like swellings on the under surface of the leaves

The rose will need spraying. It is wise to collect and destroy the fallen leaflets, it will help to reduce the incidence of these diseases.


NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 27