Sunday Stills – Aqua Awesomeness

Out fishing in the aqua waters of the Marlborough Sounds this summer, I photographed these amazing sea creatures,  and became intrigued. They don’t look dangerous, they don’t look edible, they don’t even seem to be in charge of their own direction, and yet….. they are awesome.

Aqua awesomeness
Teal as in blue
Blue as in moon
Moon as in Jellyfish…..

Jellyfish drifting along in the aqua sea
Pulsating gently as they catch a ride in the tide.
No destination to decide.
They have no brains but,
it's amazing how long they have survived.

I became fascinated in the why’s and wherefore’s of Jellyfish so I googled – (as you do)

And found…… Jellyfish are the oldest multicellular creatures on earth, older than even the dinosaurs.

But wait, there’s more…… Some Jellyfish are also immortal.

“Turritopsis dohrnii, dubbed ‘the immortal jellyfish’ because on reaching maturity, it regenerates into its younger form, so appears to be immortal.” When this jellyfish gets old, or hurt, or even too hungry, it uses a process called ‘transdifferentiation’ to regenerate its old cells.

First, the jellyfish falls to the ocean floor, or coral reef. From there the adult medusa reverts back to its polyp form, regenerating the cells and creating brand new, youthful cells that are genetically identical to the old medusa. The immortal jellyfish can theoretically do this forever, that is, until it gets eaten by some other sea creature like a turtle, whale, or fish. Scientists think that, unhindered, the immortal jellyfish can keep on living forever, with no cap on the number of times it can regenerate.”

The immortality of jellyfish -who knew?

Now that would be a handy thing to be able to do!

The moon jellyfish is the most common in New Zealand. They also make awesome subjects to photograph whilst waiting for the fish to bite. I took some artistic licence when abstracting one of my photos to highlight their aqua awesomeness.

A group of jellyfish is called a SMACK – I’m thinking it should be a STING


Awesome aquatic adventures across the world’s oceans
Journeys from the river mouths to the sea.
Building bridges to span the waters
to keep us connected and free.

Every breaking wave reminds me
of seashores near and far
with the awesomeness of Aqua
those connections again will be.

Meaty muffins

I found a new muffin recipe to make.
The ingredients were all natural and so easy to bake
But if only they had said
Finding the ingredients  would fill me with dread.


  1. Free range eggs
  2. Stoneground flour
  3. Home cured bacon
  4. Cows Milk


  1. Collect the free range eggs 
  2. Grind the flour
  3. Catch the pig 
  4. Milk the cow
  5. Mix them altogether

It was that last instruction that I got wrong….

I couldn’t find the eggs so I figured I could just add the chicken  (after all what came first the chicken or the eggs really?)
The wheat didn’t ripen but the stalks could be ground with stones (added texture)
That bacon didn’t cure but I just whipped the pig into the mix  (no squealing involved)
I found it easier to just add the cow rather than milk it first (in case it kicked the bucket)

Finally it was ready to prepare
An amazing mixture without compare
Though the chopping, whipping and stirring was quite a chore.
But such a meaty muffin you never saw before.

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.\

9. Let’s never say goodbye

I never wanted to say goodbye. 
I just wanted a cheerful  ‘see you later’ as you walked out the door.
It seems you had always wanted more than I was able to share.

Let’s never say goodbye.

Farewells are not always fond. 
They can be heartbreaking and devastating 
yet somehow they can be a relief. 

Let’s never say goodbye.

It is far better to stay in a less than perfect relationship- or is it? 
Staying together brings problems too. 
Working it out needs compromise 

Let’s never say goodbye.

Saying goodbye is so final. 
Let’s not do this. 
Let’s stay together and work it out. 

Let’s never say goodbye.

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.\

7. Unreal reflections

Crazy corrugated cottage
My world is turned upside down 

How did I get here?
How could this happen?

It was just before lunchtime when the dizziness began  Maybe low blood sugar is the cause. 
Or just maybe this reflects my current confusion. 

My house is a mirage. Where is the entrance?
Why do I have this sinking feeling?

I can’t find the earth beneath my feet. 
I’m floundering in the stream. 
Splashing my way out of here. 
Will be quite a feat. 
In an upside down world

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.\