As I see it.

Hello.
I'm Amber. I just finished Undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University, with a Bachelors in Fine Art, in photography. I don't know exactly what I am going to do with myself years down the line, but I do have the next year figured out for the most part.

I will be in New Zealand for the next year helping however I can on farms. I will be working with WWOOF, (World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms)

On this blog I will be keeping a journal as well as uploading photographs I take and any other interesting info that I happen upon along the way.

Please keep in touch, I will be far from home and would love to hear from you all!

wonderful finds after clearing the overgrowth… eucalyptus!

 this is a ponga- 

Silver fernFrond, showing silver undersideScientific classificationKingdom:PlantaeDivision:PteridophytaClass:PteridopsidaOrder:CyathealesFamily:CyatheaceaeGenus:CyatheaSubgenus:CyatheaSection:AlsophilaSpecies:C. dealbataBinomial nameCyathea dealbata
(G. Forster) Swartz, 1801Synonyms
  • Polypodium dealbatum G. Forster, 1786
  • Cyathea tricolor Colenso, 1883
  • Alsophila tricolor (Colenso) Tryon, 1970

Cyathea dealbata, or the silver tree fern or silver fern (kaponga or ponga in the Māori language), is a species of medium-sized tree fernendemic to New Zealand.[1] It is a symbol commonly associated with the country both overseas and by New Zealanders themselves.[2]

This fern is known to grow to heights of 10 m or more (though it occasionally takes a rare creeping form). The crown is dense, and the fronds tend to be about 4 m long and have a silver-white colouration on the undersides. This distinctive silver colouration has made them useful for laying along tracks for night walking. The scales are a dark brown and are often twisted and glossy.[3]

Arriving relatively late in New Zealand’s history during the Pliocene epoch[4](around 5.0–1.8 million years ago), the silver fern occurs on the main islands of New Zealand and on the Chatham Islands to the east, mostly in the subcanopy areas of drier forests and in open scrub. It is known to grow well in well-drainedhumus, and once established, it will tolerate drier conditions. It does best when sheltered from winds and should be protected from frost. It does not grow under the dense canopy of mature forests.

its spring here! 
65* days, cool evenings, lots of sunshine 

its spring here! 

65* days, cool evenings, lots of sunshine 

getting some spring cleaning/ clearing done outside for my garden area!

puppies!!!! bonnie puppies about 4 days old

DAY 1 of puppies!!!!! 

amberbender:

YUM! 
pumpkin leek Soup! 
2 buttercup squash 
1 leek 
1/2 cup or so of water 
and some garden herbs 
(I added 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar but its not really needed)
bake or steam squash, then add all ingredients and boil until soft, mash with a potato masher until desired consistency 
ENJOY! 

amberbender:

YUM! 

pumpkin leek Soup! 

2 buttercup squash 

1 leek 

1/2 cup or so of water 

and some garden herbs 

(I added 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar but its not really needed)

bake or steam squash, then add all ingredients and boil until soft, mash with a potato masher until desired consistency 

ENJOY! 

Bonnie about to pop. That big belly was holding so many puppies!

this is a New Zealand winter morning … chilly, rainy, and grayish about 40*F