Well, the readers are heeding my call and sending in photos, but if you have some good ones, do send them, too. I’m not happy without a substantial bank of photos in the folder.
Today we’ve heard from reader Stephen Barnard from Idaho, who’s on a fishing trip to New Zealand and sent a few photos:
No kakapos, unfortunately, but here’s a typical New Zealand rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). I caught MANY rainbows this size or bigger, 5-7 pounds. Trout fishing in New Zealand is very different than in the US or anywhere else I’ve been. There are fewer fish but they average much larger. Once you’ve fished a beat it has to be rested for weeks before it fishes well again. The guides jealously guard the identity of their rivers and I’m sworn to secrecy.
The highlight in North Island was fishing on a enormous ranch (they call them “stations”) of 30,000 acres and 18,000 sheep, with a beautiful freestone river that hadn’t been fished for many years, and even then hardly at all. Nearly everything in the landscape photo is part of the station. It was easily my best day of trout fishing ever.
Another photo is of a stick insect of unknown species. They would somehow land on my face and my fly rod.
The fleabag hotel where I’m staying in Auckland blocks your website for some reason, as well as many others. I don’t think it has anything to do with religion.
Also from the Antipodes, a photo by reader Tim Anderson:
The wedgie (wedge-tailed eagle; Aquila audax) is Australia’s largest raptor. This one was beside the Adjungbilly Road in southern NSW, waiting patiently for the chance to carry off a VW Beetle. The pale russet colour on its back indicates that it is probably a young male, as their plumage darkens considerably as they grow older.
Reader Sharon, who claims that she’s a “crummy photographer,” nevertheless sent some nice photos:
This is a picture of my first flower of 2015, a Snowdrop (Galanthus), blooming near a Mother of Thyme plant. This was taken January 19th. Instead of blooming at the end of January I am now seeing them in the middle of January.
Are snowdrops a harbinger of global warming?