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It's been a quiet few days here. We went to church as usual on Sunday, I ended up singing in music group on Sunday because only the pianist had turned up and she didn't really want to lead by herself. We went to Mum's for lunch that day too, which was nice.

We went round to sheaj34's place for coffee yeasterday and shared our photos of recent trips away, and had a good chat. Other than that, it's been a time of washing clothes and trying to stop my garden turning into a wilderness. Both feel like endless jobs, because people will keep on wearing clothes and the plants just keep on growing!!!

When I posted some pictures of Derwent Water recently, takahe commented that British Lakes and scenery are different to NZ lakes and scenery, that is true, but it set me wondering if you can tell approximately where a photo was taken just by looking at the flora and landforms. I suspect you probably can, I know French fields look different to English fields, and that Switzerland has quite distinctive scenery too. North American landscapes are very easy to distinguish from European ones, yet in each case the distinctions are quite subtle, easier to recognise than to quantify or define.

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takahe
Aug. 9th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)
Both feel like endless jobs, because people will keep on wearing clothes and the plants just keep on growing
And people keep eating too.

-it set me wondering if you can tell approximately where a photo was taken just by looking at the flora and landforms. I suspect you probably can,
Interesting comment. I was wondering if I really would have picked it if I didn't know for sure.

Steve had a photo of a boy that his guys had picked up off a Napier offender, and there were some interesting plants in the background so he took the pic up to the head botanist at the Botanical Gardens.
The guy named the plant and said, well, that plant is only found here and in Australia, and since it's a recent pic, it'd have to be here.
Gosh, said Steve, any idea where?
Well, said the guy, it'd have to be North Island for a start.
Great, said Steve, any more clues?
Well, it'd be east coast, probably Napier area.
So they were going to circulate the pic round the schools up there in the hope of getting an ID on the child, then they might be able to get the guy. Amazing, huh!
vivh
Aug. 9th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
That's an amazing story about the photograph, and I suspect only an expert can gain that much information from a picture, but all the same I think there are distinctive features in the countryside of different areas which we intuitively recognise, but don't conciously register, so that English hedgerows feel different to NZ ones. I know I really miss all the ferns from NZ, but did I ever see primroses in Wellington? Does NZ have many hawthorn hedges? How about hazel and rowan? I know English woodland feels different to NZ bush, and Vanuatu was different again.
takahe
Aug. 9th, 2006 10:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, I've never seen primroses or hawthorns or hazels, but we have a rowan tree in our garden *g* a desperate stick of a tree but a rowan all the same, also known as an Ash tree, given to Asher by some friends on the occasion of his baptism!

Our ferns are truly beautiful, that is true *g*
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moth1
Aug. 9th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
The rowan berries are already almost ripe this year - sign of all the good weather we've had. Rowans are one of my favourite trees. Give yours my love and tell it to thrive. I love your ferns. LOVE them.
takahe
Aug. 9th, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
-I love your ferns. LOVE them
I am glad! Perfect place for a moth to play!

I will speak to the rowan tree tomorrow for sure *g*
vivh
Aug. 9th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, New Zealand ferns are truly magnificent, I miss palm trees too!!
moth1
Aug. 9th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
I expect botanists would find it easy ...

It's like people - there are subtle differences in haircuts and clothing that usually tell you roughly where in the world someone is from. Or at least recently from. But to describe the details - no way!

Maybe everyone should have an occasional holiday in a nudist camp decorated with plastic foliage. But then, of course, they'd have to come home!
vivh
Aug. 9th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
Maybe everyone should have an occasional holiday in a nudist camp decorated with plastic foliage
That sounds truly awful, in every sense!! I think it is the subtle change of scenery that people enjoy on a holiday, enough different to home to be interesting, but similar enough to be comfortable. Of course different people can tolerate different levels of differentness before it all gets too uncomfortable!! Anyway which plastic foliage would you have? Plastic primroses? Plastic ferns? Plastic hibiscus? you won't be able to make everyone happy, in fact I doubt you could make anyone happy!!!

This reminds me of a comment one of my aunts made at Christmas when I was quite young. She said "I think plastic holly is so much nicer than real holly" and I thought that was ridiculous, how could a plastic imitation of something be better than the real thing, to my child's mind it made no sense at all! Of course I now know that she meant the plastic sort lasted the season, and didn't drop bits on the carpet etc!!
moth1
Aug. 9th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
No nudist camps or plastic foliage - then we'll just have to get on with the endless washing and gardening, not to mention cleaning (they will trek dirt in), shopping and cooking (because they insist on eating)etc.

My mum liked plastic holly. Our cats and dog preferred artificial trees - no needles to get in paddy-paws.
vivh
Aug. 9th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
then we'll just have to get on with the endless washing and gardening, not to mention cleaning (they will trek dirt in), shopping and cooking (because they insist on eating)etc.
Yes it's a hard life - sigh!

Our cats and dog preferred artificial trees - no needles to get in paddy-paws.
I prefer artificial trees - no needles to get stuck in the carpet!! But I still don't think much of plastic holly!!!

A friend had a polystyrene stage prop tree trunk as a permanent fixture in her living room!!
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