Over the Shaky Bridge I Found Gold

After walking across the Shaky Bridge I followed a rough road that led around the cafe and had a wonderful time enjoying the autumn colour, found after walking a short distance. This post continues yesterday’s post Filling in Time, Shaky Bridge. Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. Visited Thursday, 19 April 2018

Photo below: Alexandra Clock at top left. Cafe to the right after the Shaky Bridge. I followed the road around the cafe and walked on further to the right. The bridge crosses the Manuherikia River.


Rock outcrop seen from the road soon after passing the cafe


What I had spied from the road near the cafe were these lovely golden poplars and I was keen as mustard to get over there and take a closer look.


Getting closer! Note there are wild California Poppies growing on the roadside bank. Eschscholzia californica


Here at last …


I found a wall of gold !!! And felt rich beyond measure 🙂  This photo gives me a feeling of deep satisfaction and happiness. Just love the colour and texture.


Golden poplars with the Manuherikia River visible behind them.


California poppies growing wild. Eschscholzia californica




On my way back to the cafe I found these lovely roses tumbling over the boundary fence of a private property across the road. They were growing with great abandonment.



Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)



9 thoughts on “Over the Shaky Bridge I Found Gold

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  1. Thank you for sharing these posts with me. My favourite was this…

    “I found a wall of gold !!! And felt rich beyond measure”

    Looking at the Poplars my first thought was it’s like a golden wall haha. Mind reading or great minds thinking alike?

    Seriously though I think that sums up how I feel reading your posts. That you find riches and things to be grateful for and encourage us to stop and take notice.

    Thank you 🌸

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  2. Mother Nature is flaunting her beauty with these golden trees! The California poppies are a lovely carpet of gold too. So much to see on your little jaunt. Hope you took a break at the cafe! Thank-you!

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    1. Yes I did visit the cafe (and enjoyed a raspberry slice with marshmallow topping and a hot chocolate, out on the verandah). I think autumn must be the best time to visit Alexandra although they have a blossom festival in the spring and I’m sure its lovely then too but I love the bright gold colours best – contrasts so well with their arid, barren environment and makes me think of the days of the 1860s gold-rush too.


  3. I had noticed that gold in your previous post and am glad you investigated! What beauty in those trees. The poppies are also a wonderful color in the midst of what seems like a harsh environment.

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    1. Yes its a very harsh environment Ellen. Yet thyme thrives absolutely everywhere like a carpet! It was a visual feast having the yellow poplars and the California poppies all flaunting their colours at once!

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