Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Hole in the ground, and revisiting waterfalls

When Dad and I did our New Year’s Day trip to a hidden waterfall on Mt Wellington we came across an unusual geological feature. He got in touch with some retired geologists and organised a return visit to see if we could find out more about it. I was curious and, knowing that I had a nose for detecting the faint track’s route, I tagged along (and led the way).

We found the feature: a 2m deep hole in the ground (which may actually be deeper), but which extends horizontally for a larger but difficult-to-determine distance. The geologists’ expert opinion is that it is a consequence of a small fault or slippage, and they were intrigued by it.

There were some other interesting bits of nature to see, and we revisited the hidden waterfall as well as another better known fall (I only had my little camera and no tripod, so I was limited to hand-held short time-exposures).

Although it wasn’t a particularly long or hard walk, my recent surgery has taken a toll on my fitness levels, so I was glad that the pace of my somewhat older companions (including my sprightly but octogenarian Dad) was not too brisk. It was certainly nice to get back out into the bush air, with its aromas of moist humus and the sound of bird song.

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