Marianne J. Dyson

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Journey to Middle Earth, New Zealand

We visited to New Zealand from January 5 to January 24. We landed in Auckland on the North Island, and spent the first week driving east to Thames, then south to Wellington, stopping at Rotorua, Hobbiton, Turangi, and Palmerston North on the way south. We spent the second week around Wellington, visiting museums (Te Papa and the WETA Cave), hiking Zealandia, the coast, and taking a trip east to Stonehenge. The final week, we ferried to the South Island, landing at Pictin and staying at Furnaux Lodge and then further south at Hamner Springs. Below are but a few of the more than 2,600 photos my husband and I took!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Get in on the RIGHT side of rental car. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Now drive on the LEFT side. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Kauri Tree in Huia. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Ponga fern tree. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Gorgeous Huia area. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

SCBWI friends, Frances & Marianne. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Sunday, January 6, 2013, Thames

Welcome to Moo Zealand!(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Gas very expensive in liters. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Loraine, an artist, has one amazing resale shop in Miranda. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Coast view on drive to Thames, near Miranda. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Coast view. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Morning glory on coast. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Edwards Lookout near Thames, our first hike. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Look at that canopy!(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Expecting a brontosaurus!(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Very steep climb, old logging rails. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Fern tree just amazing. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Nice one-person bridge across river. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Son Tom goes first. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Tom at high point of Billy Goat Track. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See our first waterfall from up here. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Track heads down other side into jungle. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Flat valley between hills is boggy. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We have to turn back, the track has become a bog, and it's getting dark soon. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Can barely find track--look for markers on trees! (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Lots more ferns as we retrace our way. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

This way, Mom! (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Made it out! (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

How about some lumps for a snack?!(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Or some Bluebird chips? (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Grocery is Pack N Save, bring your own bags. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Monday, January 7, 2013, Hobbiton

Driving south from Thames, saw lots of horses. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hobbiton. This is where Gandolf rode in, so we did, too. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Lovely little Hobbit Home. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Gardens everywhere. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hobbiton gardens in center of valley. See tree on hilltop in distance--that's Baggins' tree. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Another view of Baggins' hill from distance. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Benches came in large for Hobbits to look small, and small for Gandolf to look large. Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hobbiton garden. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Thor in front of a Hobbit home. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hobbiton furnishings. People were paid to use these things to "age" them. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See how hobbit homes are embedded in hill. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hobbiton west view. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We went up to Baggins which was yellow one at top of the hill with tree on top. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See tree? That's fake! The real one used in LOTR died, so they made a replica out of al-u-min-i-um (that's how they say it), complete with fake leaves. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Close up of Baggins. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

This is bench that Gandolf sat on. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Gorgeous flowers everywhere! (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Window view. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Another hobbit hole. Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hobbiton hobbit home. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking downhill from Baggins to the east. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See Party Tree in distance. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See Party Tree in distance with lake behind. We walked up hill to Baggins and then down to the tree and around to the left side of the lake to Green Dragon on the opposite side. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Closer to Party Tree. Note left side is dying, so Hobbit movie, supposed to be in past when tree younger, does not show whole tree. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Party Tree from Baggins. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Under the Party Tree. Shade was great on hot, sunny day! (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

East of Lake, see Green Dragon tavern in distance. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Green Dragon Tavern is across little bridge. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

View from on bridge looking back at Party Tree across lake. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hay Fields with scarecrow behind Green Dragon. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Bar in Green Dragon. Had ginger beer here. Only 1 percent alcohol. Hobbits get drunk easily! (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Heading back on opposite side of Lake. See Party Tree. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

To the right of Party Tree. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking back at Green Dragon and bridge. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Edge of Lake. See Party Tree. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Even with Party Tree. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Crossroads, Green Dragon and Hobbiton. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

After Hobbitton, we stopped at Rotorua for the night. Lake is volcanic crater. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Real oak leaf I picked up at Rotorua and the fake one from Baggins’ tree. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, Oraki Korako Thermal Springs

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Water was VERY hot!(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hearty grass at Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs, Alladdin's Cave. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Cave closeup. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

View from overlook platform. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Tree book says Kamahi, black birch-looks like aspen to me. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Thermal Springs. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Oraki Korako Visitor Center, across the lake from the Springs. Cost $30 each for roundtrip. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Huka Falls near Taupo. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Huka Falls near Taupo. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Huka Falls near Taupo. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Huka Falls near Taupo. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Huka Falls near Taupo. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Sign says "When Frosty" versus "Slippery When Wet."(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Drive from Taupo to Turangi. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Drive from Taupo to Turangi. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Drive from Taupo to Turangi. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Tangario Crossing/"Mt. Doom" Challenge

Tangario Alpine Crossing Hike past Mt. Ngauruhoe, a.k.a "Mt. Doom" in Lord of the Rings. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Initial stretch followed a cascading stream full of sulfur and posted with signs saying the water wasn't treated, yet some hikers drank from the stream. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Jagged rocks that had to be climbed around. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Trail sloping up, but not badly (yet). Mt. Doom in the distance. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Mt. Doom closer. We will pass "in front" of it. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Helpful walkways over very rough ground that apparently floods often enough to require this walkway. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Mt. Doom awaits in the far distance, about 3.5 hours away on foot. The last outhouse is around this bend at the bottom of "the devil's staircase."((Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Waterfall that we will visit on the way down, as seen from outhouse. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

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Mt. Doom seems peaceful enough, but the trail was closed because of eruption danger. It erupted in August and November 2012 and took out the second part of the trail we are on. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Behind my husband is the ridge that overlooks Emerald Lakes. Our son went on ahead and reached that ridge. We will get to the "tooth" sticking up. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

From just below the "tooth" can see the other side. Notice someone lost their pack off this steep ridge. Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking back at Mt. Doom from near the "tooth." We crossed that sandy area full of dust devils. ((Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

I went up to the little "tooth" and got blown backwards. Stopped here to eat lunch and wait for our son, but mostly got mouthfuls of sand and grit gusting to 50 mph. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The bag holding my husband's sandwich was snatched out of his hand by the wind even hunkered down by the "tooth."(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking back the way we had come and must go again. Track goes between hills. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

One last look up, trying to see my son on the ridge which is about 6500 feet tall. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We're back down in the dustbowl looking up at the "tooth" again. I fell coming down that slope and got a fist-sized bruise on my thigh. Does this look like Mars, or what?! (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Mt. Doom. Our son rejoins us and says that from atop the ridge, he could see that there is a geologic monitoring station up in that crater. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

While our son ate his lunch around 1 PM, I started back and turned around for another look across the dustbowl and up where we had been. Lots of people had turned around to get back to the bus before 4:30. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

A map of the lava flows of Ngauruhoe. Blue is prehistoric, red is 1975. The 2011 eruption isn't shown!(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See the lava flows. We are in the South crater at 1600 m. (5,200 ft.) Summit is 2400 meters. The sign included instructions for what to do if there is an eruption: Run!(Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

View of "devil's staircase" from the waterfall. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The jagged area to the center left is the Devil's Staircase--I lost count, but it was more than 300 steps built into the rock. For scale, see the tiny people on the trail in the lower left. It was better coming down than going up. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

A refreshing stop at the waterfall--I took off my shoes, but the water was so cold I could only stand in it for the time it took to take the photo! (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Shows the scale of the waterfall. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We emerged from the valley and could see Mt. Doom again. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Mt. Doom is dropping behind the ridge. About now I realize that the tops of my hands are terribly sunburned. They later blistered and peeled. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The road away from Mt. Doom and an hour-long wait on a hot bus for one lost hiker who didn't understand that the trail was closed beyond Emerald Lakes and had to be turned around. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Little piece of “Mt. Doom” I picked up at the bottom of the Devil’s staircase shown laid on top of postcard I got at the local Information Center. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Thursday, January 10, 2013, Ski Lift Area, Gum Boot, Stewart Lookout, Stormy Point, Gorge on way to Palmerston North

We stopped at a ski lift near Ohakune, but it was closed because of fog. So we hiked around a bit. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

From atop the rocks in the previous photo, could see the valley and waterfalls in the distance and the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Ruapehu. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

When I got up here, all I could see were clouds, so I asked God if He would mind giving me a peek at his wondrous creation, and I swear the blue sky appeared as I opened my eyes! And there were at least 5 waterfalls! (It clouded back up almost as soon as I took the photo.) (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Enroute to Palmerston North, stopped at Gumboot in Taihape. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Took a hike to the Mt. Stewart Reserve Lookout funded by the Rotary Club of Tiahape. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Great view from Mt. Stewart. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Great view from Mt. Stewart. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

heading down from Mt. Stewart. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Lots of different kinds of trees here. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Scottish thistles on trail down. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Windy, twisty Route 54 road led up to Stormy Point. Could see mountains in the distance. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Postcard worthy view! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Just north of Palmerston is where the two tectonic plates meet along a gorge. Lots of wind power here. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Friday, January 10, 2013, Steam Museum, Car Museum, Arrival Wellington

Steam Museum was our engineer son’s favorite stop. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum was full of cool engines. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum had flowers outside, too. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

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Steam Museum sheep outside. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum outside—we saw a lot of these trees. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum workshop. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum’s owner Colin Stevenson showed us his workshop. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum anvil in workshop. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum tractor still works—he let Tom turn the wheel. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steam Museum press is very dangerous. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Close up of press—it was used to shape metal. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

If you visit, pull into the yard parking lot and ring this bell! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The Stevenson’s recommended The Horseman’s Cafe for lunch, and I had one of the best meals of the trip here. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

After the Steam Museum, the Car Museum seemed a little less exciting, but still definitely worth the stop, though we had a little trouble finding it. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Car Museum—I especially like this hood ornament. I want one of these on my spaceship! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

This is a Duryea Phaeton. After reading the description, I decided it would be the most fun to try to drive because the controls are so totally backwards! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Car Museum. Another nice hood ornament. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Car Museum Bentley. I like the color of this one! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Car Museum Jaguar. I wouldn’t mind showing up at a book signing in one of these. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Car Museum. They are so cute, but probably only good for golf carts! Maybe on the Moon? (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Car Museum car of the future? Only if it has a rocket engine! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Car Museum. Didn’t expect to see Ronald McDonald here! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We arrived in the Kaori part of Wellington Friday afternoon. Cousin Martha took us up to an overlook of the city. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Our cousin’s house is somewhere down there near an athletic field. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington windmills visible in the distance. We hiked near them later in the week. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We’d never seen so many cuts of bacon, including rindless eye bacon, streaky bacon, middle bacon, shoulder bacon, and sweet and smokey bacon. Most expensive was middle bacon at $11.30/300 grams. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Saturday, January 12, 2013, Wellington

We toured the Wellington Botanic Garden on Saturday. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Rugby game (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Beehive government center (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Bookstore—Look Out Frodo! (They didn’t have my space books, but they had Homework Help on the Internet!) (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Art everywhere in Wellington. I took this photo thinking these were just sculptures, and then went around the back… (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Ha ha! They are public restrooms! A lot more fun than port-o-potties! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington harbor is cool, but the clouds look like UFO “FTL poof” trails! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington art is everywhere. A poem chiseled on rock in harbor. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Saw this ship in Wellington and again near Pictin. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

This art came from the Weta Cave special effects studio. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The Embassy is where they showed the premier of The Hobbit which came out a few weeks before we arrived. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington art. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington art. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We took a ride on the cable car with our cousin Martha. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Carter Observatory in Wellington (at the top of the cable car) where I met up with my Facebook friend Hari who volunteers there. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The sun came out briefly, so we got a photo of the human sundial. I want to build one of these in Houston! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Sundial. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wellington Botanic Garden. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Sunday January 13, 2013

Ah! Orks at Te Papa museum. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Don’t worry, I behaved. They only feed naughty tourists to the orks. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Ha ha, I went to New Zealand, all you got was this photo! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Poor giant moa were unfortunately good eating and hunted to extinction. Before humans, all they had to worry about were giant eagles. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Monday/Tuesday January 14/15, 2013

It was raining, so we visited the Maritime Museum on Tuesday. These sculptures were nearby. I didn’t take any photos in the museum. We spent a lot of the day doing puzzles, playing instruments, and generally catching up on sleep! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

It was still raining, so we visited the Weta Cave in Miramar and were greeted by this monster in the lobby! Weta Cave is the special effects studio that created props and effects for Lord of the Rings, District 9, King Kong, and many other movies. Weta is a monster insect native to New Zealand which we saw for real later. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Weta Cave weapons on display. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

I want one of these! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

My precious! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Miniature elf. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

How about those Frodo feet! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Helmets from LOTR. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steampunk weapon. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Steampunk weapon. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The contract that Bilbo had to sign reminded me of my book contracts! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Our “insider’s” tour guide, Cat Auburn. She builds ray guns and is handy with a knife, too. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Ginger the cat kept us entertained while staying at our cousin’s. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wednesday January 16, 2013

A hike in Upper Hutt, near where the scenes for the elve’s home in Rivendale were filmed. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area wild flowers. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area cicada that was extremely loud. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area bridge. We crossed 12 of these. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area falls from the dam. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area dam. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area ducks--Mallards. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area—natural Hobbit hole? (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area. Sure the elves are watching me. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Upper Hutt area stream banks covered with flowers. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wednesday afternoon we hiked up the Makara coast. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

This is the coast of Cook’s Strait between the North and South Islands. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Makara coast. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Makara coast. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We didn’t get too far before one of the wind turbines came into view like some alien spacecraft perched on the ridge. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

It was a very steep drop beside the trail. I was glad the wind was from the water and tended to blow me away from this cliff! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking back to the shore where we left the car parked. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The wind turbine is our destination. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The view from up here is worth the climb. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wind turbine makes a loud whap whap sound. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Goats seem to have an easier time with this hill than I’m having. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking back toward the car, now too small to see. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The coast. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See lots more wind turbines in the distance. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

More turbines. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

I’m in an old war gun emplacement—thinking how turbines are so much prettier than guns atop a mountain! For scale, see blue of my husband's shirt as he walks on trail.(© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The whole country uses green power, wind and hydro. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

It is huge! What a marvel of engineering. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Heading back down, some of the way on my bottom! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Can you imagine ancient people coming across these mysterious structures? (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Dual use land, the cows and sheep don’t mind the turbines at all. Or the hikers for that matter! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Heading back down. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Coastal rock is natural sculpture. I’m not saying what I think it looks like… (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

A bird with a very orange beak and feet we dub the “UT” bird, is at home on the rocks. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Thursday, January 17, 2013, Zealandia Nature Preserve

Zealandia mother duck and chicks. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia had live Weta, the monster bugs the studio is named after. We saw them in a tree display, but they were so ugly they broke the camera—not really, my photo just didn’t turn out that great! They don't bite. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia, home of the primitive tuatara. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia quail. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia fern, a symbol of fertility. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia, more fern tree fronds. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia trees were impressive—see Thor at base of one below me (I’m up on a lookout platform). (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia giant tree. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia streams. The bird songs along this hike were beautiful and exotic. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia wild flower. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandi, Saddleback—a bird that the god Maui burned for not bringing him water after he saved the world. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia, the hui makes a very funny call. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia, kaka, a native parrot that lives a very long life. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

This is a sign about glow worms which we saw at the Botanic gardens at night during the rain on Tuesday night. They are as bright as fireflies, but do not blink. Very bright bluish white and everywhere on the banks near the streams. In the day, we sometimes saw them on threads, string thin and green, about a centimeter long. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Zealandia. Shak spreads its wings. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Thor always stops to read signs, I stop to take photos. This sign says “Nothing to see here!” but Thor had to stop anyway, so of course, I had to take a photo! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Friday, January 17, 2013, Kaori hike

Kaori hike Friday morning. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The trail went through a farmer’s pasture. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The farmer said not to worry about the cows, that they were “good as gold” and no bulls were out. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

I see why the cows didn’t need a bull about… (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Kaori hike view. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Kaori hike view. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Kaori hike, Cousin Mike, Thor, Tom and I. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Tom, a.k.a Indiana Jones minus the whip, on Kaori hike. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Power line coming from the wind turbines. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

So lovely, and this was just 10 minutes from our cousin’s house. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Kaori hike. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Old chimney. Wonder why they moved the house with a view like that?! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Proof I really was there. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Kaori hike. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

What’s that smell?. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wonder what’s down there? Unfortunately, we have to turn around because Tom’s flight is in a few hours. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

After we dropped Tom at the airport, we drove along the coast. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Then we revisited the Botanic Gardens where I got this photo of an artichoke. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Got lucky with this photo, so delicately beautiful. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Why is it so hard to get a close photo of a red rose? Someone told me that digital cameras tend to saturate in red? Anyway, this is one of the best I’ve ever gotten. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Orange and fuzzy, so adorable. This was in their greenhouse. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Shy rose. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

What are these called, anyone know? (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The lighting seemed about perfect for this one. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Saturday, January 19, 2013, Visit to Stonehenge Aotearoa, Wellington Fault.

The layout of Stonehenge in England—this hangs on the wall in the lobby. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica of Stonehenge in England, but it is similar in size. It is set up as a working “sky calendar” for New Zealand which is in the Southern Hemisphere. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Gateway/Entrance. This path is for the “gods” who may enter the mortal realm only four times a year, on the solstices and equinoxes. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Astronomer and founder Richard Hall told stories and showed slides and then took a group of us tourists into the circle. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Me and Richard Hall, definitely kindred spirits even though we live on opposite sides of the world. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

This stone is the obelisk. Its shadow at noon marks the sign the sun is in (Capricorn) on the figure 8, called an analemma. He explained that the actual sign does not match the dates of those signs in the newspaper horoscopes. They are off because of precession. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Thor is at the center of the circle facing the East marker—see how the top of the East stone I’m in front of lines up with the horizon? (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Now Thor is looking south at me, but it feels like it should be north to me because of the shadows: everything is backwards in the southern hemisphere! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The Seven Sisters point to the horizon where the Pleides rises. Pleides are in Taurus & marked the beginning of the year 5,000 yrs. ago. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Me at Pleides stones. In Aotearoa, stars known as Matariki & her 6 daughters. Their rising marks the beginning of the Maori new year. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Richard Hall’s Book which I got him to sign for me--full of great stories and research. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

On our way out of the area, we stopped for some fresh plums. The sign says “Dead Slow Live Children.” What is that supposed to mean?! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We stopped at an overlook on the drive back to Wellington. The wind was ferocious, so we decided not to hike to the top of the ridge. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

View of the road we came in on and will use to return to Wellington. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We stopped near “Isengard on the way back. I think this is the river the elf turned into horses to save Frodo. A fault line runs under it right here, so during a quake, maybe it churns out some horsepower of another sort! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The bridge across the river. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Geologist Martha explains that she brings her grad students here to see the fault, which is this innocent-looking grassy knoll. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The fault is marked here. Thankfully, it held steady while we were there! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking out at the park they built along the fault line to keep people from building houses on it. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The sign says, “Wellington Fault Crush Zone.” I guess someone forgot to warn the tree! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Sunday, January 20, 2013, Ferry from Wellington to Pictin, Water Taxi to Furnaux

Cousin Martha joined us on the ferry to Pictin while Mike flew. Ferry takes about 3.5 hours. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

View of Wellington. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking back in our wake. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Some unusual lighting on port side. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Cars were on the lower 2 decks. Ten decks in all. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking at Makara, where we had hiked to the wind turbines. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

First view of South Island. It seems more dry. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We left Cook’s Strait and entered the inland waterway. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looks like California. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Another ferry passed us going the opposite way. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Pictin up ahead. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

That’s our port at Pictin. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Here we are on shore with the ferry in the background. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Pictin Harbor was busy with lots of boat traffic on this gorgeous summer day. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Mike, who flew across the strait, waits for us under a palm. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Duck waits, too. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We hopped on a water taxi for a ride to Furnaux Lodge. It took about an hour because we stopped to drop off and pick up cargo. The locals use the taxis like trucks. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

I sat on the back deck and watched our wake. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

This boat was in an inlet when we stopped to deliver cargo. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Grounds of Furnaux Lodge, mowed and edged (loudly while I was napping!). (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The view from our cabin. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Dinner has arrived! The drummer of the band Mike’s in, Pete, owns this old tuna boat and teaches fishing. He brought more band members and friends on this trip, and they caught and cooked fresh cod and grouper for dinner. Best cod I’ve every eaten. Also made abalone, which was delicious. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The first quarter moon is upside down! Note left side is lit, and it has the rabbit right side up! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The band doesn’t have a name, so we called them the Four-No-Five: Eric (guitar), Mike (mandolin), Bernard (guitar base & vocals), Pete (drums). (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Best I could do with my camera: proof that Orion is upside down in New Zealand! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The Southern Cross, Crux, four bright stars. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Monday, January 21, 2013, Hike from Furnaux on Queen Charlotte’s Trail

View from beginning of trail near Furnaux. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Typical bridge, though we only crossed a few. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Donkey. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Old tractor reminded me of steam museum, though this one was gas powered. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The water level has risen over the centuries and created these bays. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Lovely water bird. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

These flowers were everywhere in New Zealand, but I was told they aren’t native. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Tree fern. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Looking back at Furnaux from the first bend. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Hey, let me catch up! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Don’t you just want to go dive into that turquoise water?. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The trail went into the woods and then back to the shore. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

So pretty. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

They are waiting for me to catch up—I keep stopping to take photos. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Some clouds moving in. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Moss is thick on the rocks. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Lots of little brooks cross the trail. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

It might rain, and I’m rather hot and thinking that would feel great. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We made it, about 8 miles, and got drinks while we waited for our taxi. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The hike took 4 hours, and the taxi takes 30 minutes! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Dinner has arrived! This time the guys have caught lots of scallops, my favorite seafood! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

John cooks up some abalone which he calls black gold. Mouth watering! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Clouds rolled in. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Some of the gear they used to catch dinner and lots more to freeze when they got back to Wellington. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Scallop shells. Those were the best scallops I’ve ever eaten! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Taxi from Furnaux to Pictin, Drive to Hamner Springs

Our cabins—we slept on bunk beds and used a community shower that cost $2 for 10 minutes of hot water. No hair dryer, and it was COLD at night. Does this qualify for roughing it?! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Our water taxi to Pictin. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Drive to Hamner Springs. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Wind turbines in the South, too. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Seals down there. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Seals on the rocks. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

View along the road of South Island New Zealand. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

No photos of the hot pools at Hamner Springs (didn’t want to get it wet). The pools were artificial except for one. It was a water park with slides and such for kids and hot pools for adults. I slept really well that night, though I got up at 4 AM to see the southern stars one last time. It was definitely worth it!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Hamner Springs, Drive back to Pictin

When we found out our ferry back to Wellington was delayed from 6 PM to 10 PM, we hung out in Hamner Springs a while. I found a used book store and got these books. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Rotary is everywhere! They sponsored this nice waiting area for the cave tour. See the Rotary wheel on top. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

I remarked in the morning that I’d done about everything except visit a cave—and then we drove past a sign for one and decided to stop. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The “eyes” are a natural formation, though the guide said no geologist could explain it. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

The tour took about 45 minutes. The guide said the cave used to be underwater. The layers of limestone are shock absorbers, and he didn’t feel anything during the big Christchurch quake. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See the pelican? I thought of the artful pelicans in Seabrook near my home. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

On the way out of the cave where it was cool and wet. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

I got a Pauo for lunch which is abalone, from the ocean. Very tasty, but not as fresh as what the guys made for us on the boat the Monday. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Mike and Ted hiked along the beach while I stayed in town, checked out the library and the birds. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

I think this is a shak. He was right outside the Information Center. The “I” stations were great for postcards and directions. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Beach view. I was surprised to see pampass grass in New Zealand. It grows all around Houston. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

King of the seagulls. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Can’t get over the color of that water. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Postcard scene. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Our ferry was cancelled, and the next was about 11 PM. We didn’t get to Wellington until about 3 AM. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Thursday, January 24, 2013, Wellington to Auckland to Tahiti to LA to Houston

At the airport in Wellington—more Lord of the Rings sculptures—don’t let him snatch your luggage! (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Last glimpse of Wellington out the window of the plane. New Zealand airline is great, BTW. Safety vid is a spoof on Lord of the Rings, very entertaining. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

See mountains poking up through the clouds. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

South of Auckland. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Just south of Auckland. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

Auckland from the air. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

We crossed the international date line and arrived in Los Angeles before we left Wellington...I think this was sunset, but my body thought it should be sunrise. (© 2013, Marianne Dyson)

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Hurricane Ike

We returned from evacuation to our house before, house after in the Clear Lake area of Houston on Sunday after the storm. I was happy to discover that my aquarium of hearty swordtails survived without a pump or light for 40 hours. (After 40, the power came on for 2 hours and then went off again for 18 more.) We lost a cedar tree and some siding, but the biggest loss was our Cessna 172 airplane. It crumpled when the hangar collapsed at Pearland (Clover) airport. We've had that plane for 22 years, so will miss it like an old friend. But no one was hurt, and our hearts go out to all those who lost their homes and businesses.

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Moonrise Over Mauna Kea Series

Moonrise from Mauna Kea, photo 1 © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Moonrise from Mauna Kea, photo 5 © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Moonrise from Mauna Kea, photo 6 © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Moonrise from Mauna Kea, photo 9 © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Moonrise from Mauna Kea, photo 11 © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Marianne Dyson watches Moonrise from Mauna Kea, photo 13 © 2005, Marianne Dyson

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Mauna Kea Extended Series

Mauna Kea seen from Route 19 (east coast) © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Almost-full Moon over Mauna Kea, as seen from Waimea, September 16 © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Saddle Road to Mauna Kea goes through an Army practice area © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Green hill in the lava field along Saddle Road © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Endangered Silver Spike plant in protected area at Onizuka Visitor's Center at 10,000 feet up Mauna Kea © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Yellow snap dragon? at 10,000 feet up Mauna Kea © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Quail? at Visitor's Center picnic area © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Holes in the warning sign because of the wind © 2005, Marianne Dyson

The twin Keck domes at 13,000 feet © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Each 10-meter Keck is made of 36 mirror segments. This view is from underneath © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Pristine cinder cone on Mauna Kea © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Gemini Northern Telescope, with Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in background © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Native Hawaiian Shrine on Mauna Kea, a sacred mountain © 2005, Marianne Dyson

A person is walking up the trail to the shrine © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Lake Wai'au is a glacier lake accessible by (high altitude) hike from Parking area 3. © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Even in this Mars-like environment above 13,000 feet, there is life in the water © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Bird egg found near Lake Wai'au © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Dark hill silhouette on hike back from the Lake © 2005, Marianne Dyson

The sunset from the summit of Mauna Kea © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Looking south toward Mauna Loa at sunset on Mauna Kea © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Venus was high and bright at sunset © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Gemini Northern Telescope, with Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in background (photo 2) © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Subaru Telescope, Keck Observatory, NASA IR Telescope Facility © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Sunset, time to drive down with no lights! © 2005, Marianne Dyson

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Oahu, Hawaii Series

Cacao (Chocolate) plants at Dole Plantation © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Coast Guard buoy tender offshore of Honolulu © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Honolulu seen from ship offshore © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Mango tree at Dole Plantation © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Moon through the palms © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Moon over Oahu © 2005, Marianne Dyson (this photo altered to remove window reflections)

Overlook of Kaneohe © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Peak at stop on Likelike Hwy © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Mokoli'i Island (Chinaman's Hat) © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Overlook near Walalae © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Challenger Astronaut Ellison Onizuka's gravestone © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Pearl Harbor Memorial Wall © 2005, Marianne Dyson (names are readable in original)

Dole Pineapple © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Politician Tree at Polynesian Cultural Center © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Monkey Pod tree in Waikiki © 2005, Marianne Dyson

Rainbow over Waikiki © 2005, Marianne Dyson

White Flower on Oahu © 2005, Marianne Dyson (if you know the name, please let me know!)

Yelllow-Pink Flower on Oahu © 2005, Marianne Dyson (if you know the name, please let me know!)

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Pololu, Hawaii Series

View from Pololu Overlook trail looking east from north end of Hawaii © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Red fruit growing along Pololu trail area © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Purple (morning glory-type) flowers growing on the black sand beach at Pololu © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Green fruits of Noni tree growing along Pololu trail © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Afternoon waves at Pololu © 2006, Marianne Dyson

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Akaka Falls, Hawaii Series (On East Coast)

Green entrance to Akaka Falls walkway © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Torch or Tahitian ginger seen on Akaka falls walk © 2006, Marianne Dyson

White flower (does someone know the name?) growing along Akaka falls walk © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Giant ferns grew up the giant trees in the rainforest by Akaka Falls © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Akaka Falls well worth the walk! © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Akaka Falls photo 2 © 2006, Marianne Dyson

A ?zebra plant flower © 2006, Marianne Dyson

In the center of this green jungle scene is a bright blue flower that looks like a violet © 2006, Marianne Dyson

A lily? flower near the Akaka Falls © 2006, Marianne Dyson

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Volcano National Park, Hawaii Series

Close up of a sulfur vent, steam makes it look smokey © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Lava field near Jaggar Museum © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Rainy day view of Kilauea Caldera with Halem'uma'u Crater © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Some natives leave offerings to the gods near Halem'uma'u Crater rim © 2006, Marianne Dyson

The steam vents near Halem'uma'u Crater were hot and smelley © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Mauna Ulu lava edge is extremely rough © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Lava flows over trees and makes shapes. I think this one looks like a rat! © 2006, Marianne Dyson

My husband poses with the "Lava Cat" © 2006, Marianne Dyson

The "ground" looked like asphalt and was sometimes hollow underneath us! © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Cracks and holes in the lava made walking treacherous near Mauna Ulu© 2006, Marianne Dyson

The black landscape was broken by little dots of green ferns © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Spooky! Lava eyes watching us... © 2006, Marianne Dyson

See the Lava Worm tunneling along? Reminded me of the book, Dune © 2006, Marianne Dyson

This is as close as it was safe to get to the top of Mauna Ulu. Even up here, there was life. © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Another view of Mauna Ulu caldera © 2006, Marianne Dyson

The ohelo plant grows in the cracks © 2006, Marianne Dyson

The birds like the berries of the pukiawe bush © 2006, Marianne Dyson

This tree fell over, looks like a canoe to me! © 2006, Marianne Dyson

One of my favorite photos, the "lava" coast, looking southwest. The white clouds are steam from the hot lava. © 2006, Marianne Dyson

An arch of lava into the sea. I made a short video clip of the violent waves crashing and swirling around this. © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Tourists walk over the new lava (that covered the road) to see the fire fall into the sea © 2006, Marianne Dyson

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South of Kona, Hawaii Series (East Coast)

Black crabs have good camouflage on the rocks © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Heliconia Joy (thanks to Mr. O'Bannon for identifying this!) © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Kona Coffee plantation tour showed us how they wash the beans © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Fresh sun-dried Kona Coffee - it was the best coffee I ever tasted! © 2006, Marianne Dyson

An angel trumpet, or brugmansia tree (thanks to Sue Smith for providing the name!) © 2006, Marianne Dyson

The Painted Church © 2006, Marianne Dyson

"The Handwriting on the Wall" painting inside the Painted Church © 2006, Marianne Dyson

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Place of Refuge area, Hawaii Series

Coconut on the sand © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Ocean view at the Place of Refuge © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Natives buried their dead in lava tubes like this one © 2006, Marianne Dyson

The Sun was above the horizon and behind a cloud, making a glowing spot on the sea. © 2006, Marianne Dyson

The Hawaiian gods look angry to me © 2006, Marianne Dyson

One of the wooden gods © 2006, Marianne Dyson

Sunset over the Pacific © 2006, Marianne Dyson

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More Information

School/Library visit & appearnce photos are in the Appearances Gallery.


Me and my husband at Hobbiton, New Zealand. (Photo © 2013, Marianne Dyson)


Cover and March flower for 2013 calendar. Ohio Pansies. (Photo © 2012, Marianne Dyson)

2012 Cover & July flower, After-the-Flood Flower, taken in Canton, Ohio, July, 2011. See high resolution copy. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

Cover & December flower of 2011 Calendar. Photo taken by me at Tsi Chi Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, June, 2010. See high resolution copy. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

Cover of 2010 Calendar. Photo taken by me of water lily taken at Montreal Botanical Gardens, August 2009. See high resolution copy. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

Dyson Calendar Flowers

At the end of each year, I create a calendar as a gift to my family showing photos I have taken during the year of flowers that I've come across during our travels or right here at home. I hope you enjoy them! High-resolution copies are available for publication. Send email for prices.

2011 January flower. Photo taken at Taipei Botanical Garden in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 February flowers. Photo from my garden in Houston in 2010. They really do bloom in February. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 March flower. Photo taken in my garden in Houston in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 April flower. Photo taken at Taipei Botanical Garden in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 May flower. Photo taken In Hualien, Taiwan in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 June flower. Photo taken at Taipei Botanical Garden in 2010. I use this for a screen saver. It is amazing in high resolution. Contact me for publication rights. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 July flower. Photo taken at a street vendor's shop in Hualien, Taiwan in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 August flower. Photo taken at summer vacation rental home in the Catskills, New York in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 September flower. Photo taken on a mountain hike in the Catskills, New York in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 October flower. Photo taken by my husband at Taipei Botanical Garden in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

2011 November flower. Photo taken on a hike inthe Catskills, New York in 2010. (Photo © 2011, Marianne Dyson)

December 2011 flower & cover of 2011 Calendar. Photo taken by me at Tsi Chi Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, June, 2010. See high resolution copy. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 January flower, taken at Montreal Botanical Gardens in August, 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 February, daisies at Montreal Botanical Gardens, photographed August, 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 March flower, thistle photographed in May 2009 at Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena, Texas. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 April flowers, taken at Montreal Botanical Gardens in August, 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 May flowers, mums from my brother's garden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, taken July, 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 June flowers, wildflowers, Calgary, Canada, taken July, 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 July flowers look like fireworks to me! Montreal Botanical Gardens, taken August, 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

Cover of 2010 Calendar and August flower. Photo of water lily taken at Montreal Botanical Gardens, August 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 September flower, taken on hike in Calgary, Canada, July 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 October flower, from Montreal Botanical Gardens, August 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 November flowers from Montreal Botanical Gardens, August 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

2010 December flower, taken at Montreal Botanical Gardens, August 2009. (Photo © 2010, Marianne Dyson)

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