Winter Warmth

Returning to Tapanui from Balclutha we encountered a pretty rural sunset scene as we drove through Conical Hill in the Pomahaka area. I asked Nigel to turn around because I'd spotted an irresistable view that included a stream and an old bailey bridge. We both hopped out in the drizzle to take photos and Nigel's... Continue Reading →

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Life is like a CAMERA

Early March I was in Balclutha wandering around killing time, waiting for Nigel who had business in town. And found this. The kind shopkeeper gave me permission to take a photo (gift shop on the corner near Cafe 55). I really like the words.. do you? Life is like a ... CAMERA Cropped image Here's... Continue Reading →

Bluffing

Here's a few photos Nigel took last weekend in Bluff, a little port town way down the south end of the South Island of New Zealand. The weather was really wintry and we spent most of the time hunkered down by the fire in our apartment. It was cold, rainy, and I heard hard hail... Continue Reading →

The Lyrebird (Australia)

The colours, flowers, wildlife and landscapes of Australia draw me like a magnet. Through Twitter I found nature photos taken by Carol Probets and requested permission to share her lyrebird photo here on my blog. From Carol's tweets I learned that the name lyrebird comes from the tail's similarity to a lyre, an ancient type... Continue Reading →

The Bright Side of Blue

I can't help but be fascinated by the colour blue. Since childhood I've liked blue in its various forms especially turquoise, cobalt blue and navy blue. I'm intrigued how blue can be perceived as negative or sad (feeling blue) yet many people profess that blue is their favourite colour and genuinely like it. When I... Continue Reading →

Nature Will Intervene

"Art in the garden has freedoms and challenges. We have to expect nature to intervene: the elements will work upon the piece long after the artist has put down her tools." --Susan Rushton; blogs at  Susan Rushton Anatomy of Colour by Sarah Emily Porter  -- by Susan Rushton Susan has well over 2000 followers.. I... Continue Reading →

Holding On

Life gets ya down and you don't always have the strength to bounce back. You know that feeling? We're both in recovery from a bad flu we got a couple of weeks ago. As I began to get well I'd look at photos but there was no spark, no strength for thinking and writing. Blogger's... Continue Reading →

Tapestry Wings, Moth by Pete Hillman. Antique colours, tapestry wings.

Our Addiction to Synthetic Polymers

"Powerful illustrated story on the Guardian, about all of the plastic waste ever generated and where it's gone... Meanwhile plastic production continues unabated and half of all the plastic made since 1950 was made in just the last 13 years." Tweeted by Scion* June 25, 2019. [Link to the story below] LINK:  to the illustrated... Continue Reading →

Well Versed Gems

Stones found in Southland, New Zealand. Then polished. Myriad of splendid colours and patterns. Beauty. Appreciation.. a special gift from one Southlander to another. Collecter to poet. Sixteen polished stones. Chosen with care and matched with verse. The poet is Kay McKenzie Cooke, the verse selected from her book Born to a Red-Headed Woman. "It... Continue Reading →

Kakapo Chicks

Kakapo are a very special and endearing native New Zealand parrot of which there are few left (currently only 142 alive, plus 72 chicks that aren't included in the count until they're older). The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital has been caring for a lot of this season's chicks - today I found a great video about... Continue Reading →

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