As this year draws to a close, what do you think have been the most memorable events for you of 2014?
Ailsa’s Dad died.
We did a 4WD trip from Ward to Marfell’s beach.
Ian and Myriam visited their section in Kaikoura a couple of times.
We did a trip to Farewell spit for our anniversary (20 years married).
We visited Jewelia and Will in Auckland, and did a trip to the zoo.
Saw a blood moon.
I fell off my mountain bike and broke my collar bone.
I wrote an essay on the dangers of market values and the evolutionary power of cooperation for FQXi.
We got our Te Korowai Act of parliament through, establishing a set of marine reserves along the coast – the culmination of 9 years work.
I stood for parliament again.
Jewelia moved back home.
We found a scree slope at about 6,000 ft with hundreds of penwipers, when I had only seen a handful in my life up to that point.
A full year.
Saw a couple of these penwipers on Turks Head in November 2007 – at about 5,000ft.
Then this November we saw one on the way up the stream towards Te Ao Whekere, at about 4,500 ft.
The following day we found a scree slope with hundreds of these things – at close to 6,000ft.
Here are a couple of photos of them. These were much smaller than the one the day before.
And a cluster – only about 2 inches across.