Part of Larnach Castle South Seas Garden, near Dunedin, New Zealand. From our recent visit. (Mid-winter here in NZ.) I think I can safely say these are a type of aeonium. The purple and green foliage is very attractive. Behind the aeonium is a huge tree stump with a door in it. One of many... Continue Reading →
Port Chalmers is the main port for the City of Dunedin and you can see the big container cranes as you go down the main street. These are random photos that we took when we visited the township for a few hours recently. Small boat in the boat harbour. I thought it was super cute!... Continue Reading →
This colourful lavender tractor is at Wanaka Lavender Farm, Wanaka, New Zealand. SO took these photos early this week. Its a very pretty tractor! One of those nice old-fashioned human sized ones 🙂 Behind the tractor you can see lavender bushes. Turns out there's a great story here about the development of a Lavender Farm... Continue Reading →
Mid-winter down our end of the globe. Got up about 8am, looked out the kitchen window and saw bright pink clouds. Grabbed my cell and rushed outside (in pjs and gumboots to SO's amusement). Managed to get these shots although the colour was fading even while I was out there and had disappeared once I... Continue Reading →
The South Seas garden area at Larnach Castle is a wonderful place to visit with an extensive display of interesting plants and great views out over the Otago Harbour, Otago Peninsula and Harbour Cone. This post is focused on the Gazebo part of the garden. Visited last Saturday. Gazebo in the South Seas Garden. Photo... Continue Reading →
Larnach Castle (Dunedin, New Zealand) has various Alice in Wonderland elements displayed in the gardens surrounding the castle. We visited the gardens on Saturday and these photos are from an area where Alice stands on the lawn holding her flamingo.
This interesting artwork of a man mowing a lawn was an entry in an art exhibition held in Dunedin (New Zealand) earlier this year and me and my SO both admired it. Happily for us when the exhibition ended the lawnmower man ended up being stored in the shared office space where SO works and... Continue Reading →
Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a biodiversity project near Dunedin where a predator fence encloses 307 hectares of forest. We visited last weekend, choosing to relax in and around the Visitor Centre but we didn't pay to go inside the predator fence area. Its well worth doing that - we'd done it previously in the summer -... Continue Reading →
My SO has his office in a lovely shared office space in Dunedin, New Zealand. Here the building owner's dog is hogging the heater on a very cold winter's day (12 July 2017). We had snow, ice, hail, rain and even the very occasional burst of sunshine! Its an historic building that's been recently modernised... Continue Reading →
Here are a rainbow of fungi colours for you to see but they're only the tip of the iceberg. At his website Steve Axford has COLOUR FOLDERS of fungi photography which I've drawn upon to create this teaser post. But what I really want to encourage you to do is to go and see for... Continue Reading →
As a teenager in the sub-tropical Far North of New Zealand I used to wander around in my father’s bush block and find beautiful fungi. I fell in love with their beauty and would return with notebook and coloured pencils to try and record what I saw. I especially loved the “filmy” toadstools and the coral fungi.
By viewing this wonderful blog post from Flow Art Station I was introduced to the fungi photography of Steve Axford from the Northern Rivers area of NSW, Australia. He manages to capture the extreme beauty and variety of these fascinating subjects that are generally only visible for such a fleeting period.
I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did!