Titan Arum: Part Four

On the morning of 04 February, 2018 we again turned up at the Dunedin Botanic Garden glasshouse to view the titan arum or corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum). The three photos below are our final photos. See also:  Titan Arum:    Part One  |  Part Two | Part Three Photos taken by Nigel. Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

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Titan Arum: Part Three

On the morning of 03 February, 2018 we again turned up at the Dunedin Botanic Garden glasshouse to view the Titan arum or Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum). The following four photos show what we saw. See also:  Titan Arum:    Part One  |  Part Two Photos taken by Nigel. Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand **... Continue Reading →

Titan Arum: Part Two

On 01 February 2018 we visited the Dunedin Botanic Garden again and checked on the progress of the Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum or corpse flower). We were very nervous that the flower mightn't open before we moved house, away from Dunedin on 05 February! Just to be clear - this is an unopened flower. At... Continue Reading →

Titan Arum: Part One

Have you seen the 'Corpse Flower'? Earlier this year in our summer, at the end of Jan/early Feb, an Amorphophallus titanum at the Dunedin Botanic Garden flowered - much to the excitement of Nigel and I! We popped into the glasshouse every chance we could to see its progress and it flowered JUST before we... Continue Reading →

Spam Likes: Alert

Yesterday I left comments on a blogger-friend's WP site and received back some spam 'likes' on my comments overnight - which really annoyed me because this problem also occurred in April this year (from a different WP blog-site). For all I know, this may be happening to my followers too but no-one has alerted me... Continue Reading →

Recognise this plant? Once seen, never forgotten. I'll be posting more about this plant ... tell me via the comments if you know what the name of it is! And if you've seen one, please tell me about it and where. Photo taken by Nigel.

Here’s The Catch: Predator and Prey

The reality of the natural world is that some creatures eat other creatures to survive. Nature photographers spend a lot of time outside and sometimes capture dramatic moments in the struggle for survival. Their photos and stories may shock us but we can learn so much from these encounters - animals seem capable of much... Continue Reading →

Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about my husband Nigel’s work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan – if you're interested you can read it by clicking on the link below which will open up a PDF of the article. Nigel – happy making plans for spaces | by Richard Loader businesssouth... Continue Reading →

All Lined Up: Camellia Hedge. We pass this very tidily clipped low hedge when we walk into town from home. In late autumn it was flowering beautifully when there was little else in bloom. What a stunner!

Five Eyes: Ellen Jennings

Ellen Jennings lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry, USA and photographs the abundant wildlife and natural environment in her area. She has a knack for capturing a little 'something special' of the character of her subjects that keeps me hooked on her imagery! Passing By Photo is a collection of Ellen's photography:  Home  |  Image... Continue Reading →

Bright is Beautiful

Yesterday morning I came across a colourful blog-post by Sayanti Dasgupta that features the photo below, and I was blown away by it. Sayanti was very helpful answering my questions and I found out that this Gond mural is next to the entrance of the first floor of her house. I also learned from Sayanti... Continue Reading →

Bright Spot

We spent a 3-day stopover each way in Los Angeles when we visited the UK in 2010 (we love to stopover in LA!). One day we spent much of our time in Los Feliz and stopped in at Fred 62 for an excellent breakfast. After returning from a trip to the bathroom Nigel told me... Continue Reading →

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