Tuesday, July 10, 2012


It is mid-winter in New Zealand, which means frosty mornings and cold nights. Here are a few photos from one of my recent walks.

Many of the trees have no leaves.

I am never far from these strange creatures, even in our inner city parks,

but they only take a mild interest in dogs and then they resume their lawn mowing duties.

There are leaves everywhere.

Time for photos. Enzo, on the right in the first photo (black collar and black tag - my collar is blue and has a blue tag), is eighteen months old now. He is almost my weight - but I have the furrier coat. Some people say we look alike and have trouble telling us apart but if you look closely we really are quite different.

Back to our walk. Look at the size of this tree! It is a Moreton Bay Fig tree and there are lots of these trees in the park.
The best thing about the Moreton Bay Fig tree is large roots. There are lots of interesting smells around the tree roots to explore. Enzo was in leg-lifting heaven.

I even found this plaque. If you click on the photo (to make it bigger) you can read about the tree.

Just remember that I live in NZ, so this tree comes from our neighbours in Australia.

 Still sniffing...
 and more sniffing...

So that was one of our winter walks. If you are in the heat wave in America I'd happily send you some of our cold winter weather - I just have to figure out how to send it to you!



My Life in Blog Years said...

Beautiful photos! Enzo still looks very puppy- and I could tell you apart! ;)

The House Of Genista said...

Beautiful photos! What a beautiful pair you are! Please stop by my blog and enter my Pastel Pet Portrait giveaway

Mitch and Molly said...

What a cool tree, Riley! We love that the roots are somewhat exposed!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Mrs. JP said...

I think you both are just so handsome. I can tell Riley because of his mature look and coat.
That tree is huge!
We would love to be in the cold weather with you all.
Sending love and blessings from the holler in Tennessee...

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Riley and Enzo, great photos and we love, love, love the Morton bay fig trees. We have them around the centre of Adelaide, in the Botanical gardens and in the surrounding parks. They are huge aren't they. Enzo certainly has grown up to be a big boy. Hope your week is fine. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Faith Shen said...

what a great adventure you have guys, did you enjoy playing on the park. :D

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Hey there F
My heart nearly stopped for a moment when I studied the pic of Riley and Enzo together.
Enzo's face looks a lot like Toby's and Riley's a lot like my Angel-Max. Obviously they are much lighter in colouring. You've just reminded me that Toby needs a bath, lol! But, the bath will have to wait though - it's FREEZING here today.
Thanks for sharing your walk. You always have such interesting things to see and write about.
Sending lotsaluv to you all and hope that life is not too difficult on the domestic front.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Many of your pals here in The States are SOOOOO jealous of your temps!

Thanks fur sharing some khoooool images!


Charlemagne said...

Hi Riley! I'm Charlemagne! I've been checkin out your blog a bit and loving all of your pictures!
My favorite is your opening picture of you flying through the air. :)

Sam said...

I think Enzo is just a hair taller?


sprinkles said...

How did I miss this post?

Beautiful photos! I can tell the two of you apart. Enzo still looks like a puppy.

I wish you could send some cooler weather. And I'd just as happily send you some of our heatwave! bol

Thanks to your mom for always leaving me sage advice on my blog whenever she visits.