Nov 21, 08:17
NEW ZEALAND; We landed in Auckland, and headed straight north to see the biggest tree in New Zealand, named "Tane Mahuta", a Kauri wood only found here. (Measures 51.5 meters high, 13.8 meters in girth). Amazing tree. Stopped at the Kauri Museum near Dargoville where they have a priceless collection of Kauri wood carvings and also "gum" (young amber dating to 40,000 years ago) from the trees. Here I am inside a Kauri tree in one photo in the museum. Also a photo of a lazy susan made from 30,000 year old swamp logs of Kauri tree that were felled by an ancient tsunami, photo taken in a wood carver's shop north of Dargoville. Here next to another wood carving gallery is a stash of deadfall Kauri wood which will be used for carving (it is now a protected tree). Finally, a funny "Kumara" advertising a local sweet potato that grows well on the North Island of New Zealand. Yes, we were on the North Island in Rotorua when the quake hit Christchurch, and we felt it. But we were two hour's drive away from the South Island's northern border, and Christchurch is halfway down the South Island, on the East Coast so the effect was just some movement in the middle of the night. We grieve for the continued losses there, as the seismic activity continues.
Nov 06, 01:20
Update: Brisbane (Australia). We walked the full length of the "Queen Street Mall" which is famous in Brisbane city center. City workers put dish soap in the fountains once a day which creates foam which, on a windy day, blows out of the fountain and makes everyone laugh, which is what you can see in the background in this photo. Also see the "Pie Face" store - which is not what you think. Pies here are little individual hot pies with different meats and/or vegetables. They also have many kinds of sandwiches, pastries and sweets. They are all very good. There are bakeries everywhere here on the level with the best French patisseries, and we have yet to have a bad cup of coffee. You will never see a "pot of black coffee" anywhere in Australia, it is always the Expresso machine coffee. Heaven. Yesterday we went to a Koala Sanctuary outside of Brisbane. I got to hold two different koalas which was really special, as well as hand feeding kangaroos which was a first x 2. So far we've had a great trip to Melbourne, Tasmania, Bruny Island, driving from Melbourne to Sydney, flying to Brisbane.
Oct 27, 10:48
We took the "Penguin Tour" of the smallest penguins there are, the "little blues" in Bicheno, Tasmania 3 days ago. Experienced marine biologist explained how the penguin parents (there are 600 in this rookery) return from the ocean each night to feed their chicks in their burrows (one parent remains behind with the chicks). No photos allowed, so these were provided to us. What a special experience!
Oct 27, 10:39
Visit to Natureland (North of Bicheno, Tasmania) a few days ago. A mob of kangaroos at feeding time, lots of Tasmanian devils (also feeding time), and Heidi even got to pet a wombat. The dedicated biologist spent a lot of time explaining the behavior of these animals and much more. What a bucket list checked off!
Oct 21, 11:12
My photo taken from a helicopter over the 12 Apostles off the southern coast of Australia last week. Wow, what a bucket list check-off.
Oct 10, 00:51
V-801 Genuine 10,000 year old Mammoth tooth slice, made into a pendant. (Petite) Arrow head shaped Pendant is a stunning black, blue, brown & tan color; back side is all tan as it is a doublet; 1-1/4" long x 7/8" wide x 1/8" thick; Necklace 20" long, 4 mm round black onyx beads, gold tone barrel twist closure; PRICE: $135 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Necklaces_Page_8.htm
Oct 09, 14:56
Nest of baby dinosaurs and babysitter found in China: http://www.geologyin.com/2014/12/paleontologists-describe-possible.html
Oct 08, 17:05
Lemon shark nursery found off the coast of Miami Florida: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/10/06/Man-discovers-lemon-shark-nursery-in-South-Florida-waters/4701475777351/
Oct 06, 00:56
R500-1 MAGNETITE (pure, genuine) from the CONFEDERATE GOLD MINE A working gold mine located in South Carolina Magnetic black sand byproduct from gold mining Magnetite is a mineral and one of the main iron ores. It is magnetic, and has homeopathic properties. Glass vial, twist top with Confederate Mining Company logo is 2-1/2" tall x 1/2" diameter; Weight: 1 ounce PRICE $9 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Rocks_Page_5.htm
Oct 05, 04:26
A new extinct species related to Megalodon is now being identified: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/10/03/Study-reveals-new-extinct-species-of-giant-shark/1841475516081/
Oct 04, 00:14
SAF-10 WILD BOAR Head/neck mount MEASURES 22-1/2" off the wall, 11" wide x 16" tall TUSKS: Lower R 2-1/4", Lower L 2-3/8"; Upper R 1-3/4"; Upper L 1-1/2" Approx 20 lbs; Taken in Estill, SC in 2008 For 200 years, hogs were brought to South Carolina by early settlers and eventually escaped adding to the wild population. In the 1930′s Russian Boar were introduced in to the wild of South Carolina so today, most hogs have a Russian Boar influence. Today it is estimated that South Carolina has well over 100,000 hogs running wild. PRICE: $740 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Safari_Animal_Mounts.htm
Oct 01, 19:17
TNE-ZEB-227A: TAGUA NUT carving from Ecuador, called "elephant friendly" because it resembles ivory but is a renewable nut resource. Zebra sitting is 2-1/2" long x 1-7/16" wide x 2-3/8" tall; PRICE: $43 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Tagua_Nut_Page_2.htm
Sep 30, 16:07
We had a Bon Voyage party for Mr. and Mrs. Cave Bear last Saturday for friends and service people to take last photos before we packed them down for shipment to the collector in Australia who purchased them. We had 20 people stop in, it was a fun day. We had plenty of help packing them down into wooden crates Sunday and Monday, shipped via Fedex Tuesday, they are on their way! We will fly to Australia to put them back together for the collector in his home.
Sep 30, 01:00
VH-2 VINTAGE Large fan shaped style HAIR COMB MANTILLA with floral leaf design across the fan. Black front/clear back. 5 tines. Measures 7" tall x 6-1/4" wide (linear). Perfect, no damage. Art Deco, Art Nouveau/Spanish style Mantilla AGE: Circa 1930-1940 Material: Celluloid PRICE; $89 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Vintage_Jewelry.htm
Sep 29, 02:42
AK-TOOTH-31 Large Sea lion tooth. Measures 4-1/16" long (measured over the curve of the tooth) x 1-1/2" tall x 1-1/2" wide. Walrus etched on one side. Signed "J.A." for Julius Alowa (no longer carving). PRICE: $385 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Alaska_Page_3.htm
Sep 28, 03:11
JM-ZEBRA-1-4 Zebra mama & baby carved from mammoth ivory, made into a sterling silver PIN/PENDANT, SOLID BACK, 1-3/8" wide x 1-1/8" tall ; Price: $50 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Pendants_Page_2.htm
Sep 27, 00:25
New larger & taller Ulexite (TV Rock) now available! It's called TV Rock because it is a natural fiber optic that transmits words, pictures & colors from the flat bottom, through the filaments to the top of the rock. R30-49 This specimen is (1-3/4” long for $28).
Sep 24, 03:08
S299-4 Large and impressive, genuine MEGALODON SHARK TOOTH: 6-1/4" long x 4-1/4" wide. Phenomenally collectible tooth. All natural, perfect serrations, perfect tip. Slight separation in gumline. Last established sold price on this tooth was in November of 2007 for $3,000.00. Our price to you: $1800 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Sharks_Page_2.htm
Sep 23, 03:22
F-321-207 Fossil whale ear bone, found while diving in the St. Mary's River (Charleston SC). Size: 2-7/8 to 3-1/8" long. Interesting shells still adhering to the fossil. Very collectible, and also used in ear/deafness therapy on humans. It is a very dense bone, now fossilized to stone. Price: $16 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Fossils_Page_2.htm
Sep 22, 04:59
DF846-13 Genuine dinosaur coprolite (fossilized POOP) excavated from a known dinosaur fossil area called the Morrison Formation in Utah; 65 million years old; Weight: 5 lbs 9.9 oz; $Price: 88 http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Dinosaur_Fossils_Page_8.htm
Sep 21, 00:09
We officially have SOLD THE MALE & FEMALE CAVE BEAR SKELETONS for $98,000. They will ship to a collector in Australia on Monday. We will surely miss them, but they are going to a great home. We will fly there to uncrate them and put them back together for the collector, and visit Australia "Down Under" while we are there. What a life changing experience ahead of us! http://www.tellmewhereonearth.com/Cave_Bear_Fossils.htm