On another one of my travels last week I visited the Te Puna Quarry Park which is about 15 mins out of Tauranga and what a lovely place it is. This time of year for us is winter so I didn't expect much in the way of colour - and yet I was very surprised. Above is one of two Monarch butterflies I spotted on a native NZ Hebe plant.
Near the entrance this wonderful Autumn coloured picnic area complete with seats, tables and sculptures.
At some point I discovered a bush walk and on the way past the stream I saw this rather large Nursery web spider hovering underneath it's web on another native plant. Normally they are only active at night and thankfully it isn't poisonous in any way.
I found these colourful flowers in the nearby Louis Braille Sensory Garden and with some of the textures I can understand why. The pansies above still provide some colour at a time when most things here are slowing down and resting.
And cyclamens plus Gazania dasies are perfect - the latter tend to flower all year round at various times and love poor soil.
Hope you enjoyed this snippet of where I've been this week - have a great weekend - more Saturday Critters here :-)