Woolly Adventures

These pictures were taken in a little touristy shop in New Zealand. The shop also had possum hats, jackets, rugs, and possum and merino wool jumpers and yarn. 🙂

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I saw some hand spun wool here, and I just couldn’t resist taking some photos. 🙂

It looked so cute! 😀

handspun wool

Here is some more yarn.

more wool

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Dark Bush Adventures!

 

Common Grey Brushtail Possum

Common Grey Brushtail Possum

Have you ever been possum shooting?  We’ve just been shooting on the weekend.  Of course, we use a digital camera 😉

We went out while it was still daylight.  Driving a little way out of town, into the bush, we scouted for good areas to “spot” later; places near water, well treed, established trees with hollows, and bird’s nests.  On the GPS we marked the likeliest looking trees to come back to when we began looking in earnest.

After the sun set, we turned around and switched the car’s high beam lights on to illuminate the surrounding trees. The hunt began!  We also shone spotlights out of the car’s windows and drove very slowly, scanning the trees for eyes peeping back at us.

 

Boobook Owl

Boobook Owl

 

We uncovered many different types of wildlife; frogs, owls, nightjars, possums, and normal-old-day-time birds roosting.  There were no gliders about,  but we did encounter a snake!

 

 

strike-snake

Anonymous snake! (anyone know his name?)

 

Miss 7 spied the first “good” (photographable) possum, and she was very excited! We had sighted two before then, but they scurried away before we were able to shoot them.  Our father first spotted the owl and the nightjar, as well as the frogs.

Tawny Frogmouth with snack

Tawny Frogmouth with snack

 

Spotlighting makes for thrilling nighttime adventure!