Sunday, October 30, 2011

Autumn Colours and Halloween

As we are here in Charlotte, it has been wonderful to see the Autumn colours. Living on a small South Pacific Island, you forget about the in between seasons of Spring and Autumn, but they really are the two most wonderful for photographs and colours. I only have my cheap  point and shoot with me as this is not a photographic holiday, but still it captures the rich golds and yellows of the trees.

Seeing how much Halloween is celebrated here always amazes me, I wonder if the UK also does this now. The only time I remember Halloween as a child was the one time my parents threw a party for my brother and I. My dad the ever trickster, claimed to have put marshmallows on string and we blindfolded had to pick them off.  Sounds like a wonderful family game, however half the items on the string were in fact cotton wall balls!!! Nice one dad, memories are made to last.

A house down the street in Charlotte gets ready for the Halloween Celebrations

Monday, October 24, 2011

Travel Time

Fingers crossed that no major hazards come up before I travel this afternoon, off to the land of plenty, the USA. First stop Charlotte, North Carolina to see my husband and mother in law. Then on to Orlando and the big DEMA show.

Looking forward to walking around a supermarket and seeing that there are more than 1 types of spaghetti sauce!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Season Wrap Up....

Yesterday was our last day with the whales, we always have a season start date and end date, this can be changed but when the numbers of whales decrease significantly, we call it a day. What a way to end though, a 23 minute swim with a mother and calf on the surface is amazing however the second swim was 1 hr 10 minutes long, giving us maximum time limit.

Its always sad when the whales leave here, there journey to the feeding grounds of Antarctica is filled with stress, predators and rough weather. Hopefully the whales will not be affected by the oil spill off the coast of NZ, a tragic tale of events affecting a wide range of animals.

Here is just a glimpse of some of our adventures during the season, right now I have three VEPA reports to finish, and then its on to finalising the data we collected this year and sending it off to the collective researchers.

Malo lahi to the whales for another wonderful season......