Nature and Your Teapot – Looking Too Much Alike?

Various items in nature – plants, birds, fish, animals, insects, mountains, and so on – have been inspirations for artists and craftsmen for years. Sometimes, though, it seems that the resemblance is a little too uncanny! Thus it was the day we found a whole, intact cicada shell (the exoskeleton that he had wriggled his …

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Tea and Confessions of a Very Amateur Bird Watcher

People sometimes ask me what I like best about living in the Southlands. Although there are many things that I enjoy about our adopted home, my answer is always the same: the wild birds. I’ve never seen so many different kinds of birds outside an aviary. In summer, when their food is plentiful, we see …

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