Five Eyes: Mark Berkery (non-spiders!)

My last Five Eyes post featured five fascinating spider images taken by Mark Berkery from Queensland, Australia. While searching his blog I'd picked up a number of non-spider images too, and I have Mark's permission to also share these. In addition, the very last (6th) image in this post is a "bonus" image. I found... Continue Reading →

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Willow, Wicker and Weaving

Riverstone Kitchen has extensive beautiful and functional gardens surrounding the restaurant, retail buildings and carpark. Nigel gave me free rein on the photos he took so despite losing mine in yesterday's laptop disaster I can still share some of the experience. This post continues my previous post Dot's Dream Castle so you can find more... Continue Reading →

Five Eyes: Mark Berkery (Spiders)

Fortunately I'd already asked Mark Berkery if I could choose five of his photos for another Five Eyes post because this morning my laptop bombed and my photos that I had ready for daily posts are irretrievable. No more posts about Dot's castle and her gardens (for now anyway). I started searching Mark's blog -... Continue Reading →

Dot’s Dream Castle

This story begins with COLOUR. Yesterday, driving home from Kurow, we'd driven through Waitaki Bridge and were on our way to Oamaru. Suddenly in front of us was a big sign for Riverstone Kitchen. My excitement knew no bounds... I'd long wanted to visit this place! Both of these photos were taken from their car... Continue Reading →

Silage bales in yellow silage wrap. Viewed as we were driving between Waihola and Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken 06 Dec 2017.

Pretty pink and white dogwood flowers at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Cornus species. Taken by Nigel 05 Dec 2017.

Naturally Designed by Nigel

It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →

Five Eyes [series]: Mike Powell

Everywhere, eyes are watching! Wildlife and animal photography often provide a wonderful view into animals' eyes and gives us a small insight into their world and their behaviour. Eye detail, colour, shape and pattern are interesting in themselves. Focused eyes of predator, wary eyes of prey, even just a curious glance - all can make... Continue Reading →

Monkey Puzzle at Invermay

I've shared one photo of this monkey puzzle tree with you already, and now I'd like to devote a post just to this one tree. Its the best specimen that I've yet come across and I was pretty excited to find it! Taken at Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand on Sun 26 Nov... Continue Reading →

Appreciating Trees

Following on from yesterdays Bountiful Blossom post, I want to share with you some other beautiful trees that were nearby. Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken Sun 26 Nov 2017. This Horse Chestnut tree is looking beautiful with its lovely display of candle flowers. It also provides a nice pool of shade... Continue Reading →

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