At Moa Flat we also saw an occasional butterfly. Nigel managed to get a photo of a butterfly with its wings open and I got a smaller photo of the underside of a butterfly's wing. After looking online it seems our butterfly is probably a Common Tussock aka Tussock Ringlet. Scientific name is Argyrophenga antipodum.... Continue Reading →
These barbs, thorns and spears were all photographed by myself and Nigel when we stopped at Moa Flat on our way home from Central Otago on 12 January 2019. Poking around outside is generally pretty safe in New Zealand but you still need to take care and stay alert. Our native nettle is a total... Continue Reading →
I've often walked past this Anglican church in Gore but hadn't noticed a wind vane on the tower until just the other day. It looks very shiny so perhaps its new or has replaced an older one. Roosters seem to be popular, again we have a weathercock. For: Weather Vane Wednesday Challenge - Jan 30,... Continue Reading →
We visited Maple Glen Gardens on 26 January and were both very taken with the showy bright red dahlias. We found the gardens to be particularly colourful at this time of year and the dahlias are especially eye-catching! It was a very windy afternoon and the photography was challenging. Maple Glen is at Glenham, near... Continue Reading →
In 2011 toetoe was reclassified to the Austroderia genus but I'm used to it being called Cortaderia. Austroderia richardii is the main South Island form. These are large clump grasses with iconic flower heads like pennants atop a long stiff stalk. They are very showy at this time of year (summer) especially in the late... Continue Reading →
We've been seeing some lovely hydrangeas lately - I'd forgotten that they flower through the summer. In order to deal with our mounting number of hydrangea photos, I thought I'd best do a hydrangea post. Its a mix of pink, white and blue hydrangea flowers. Gore Public Gardens This gorgeous deep pink (almost maroon) hydrangea... Continue Reading →
Tree Colours. Striped hedge. Trees to left and centre are both natives. Pittosporum species (left) and Purple Ake Ake or Akeake (Dodonaea viscosa) in the centre. Gore, New Zealand.
Some of you enjoyed my See The Sea post about a winter visit to a small cafe by the salt water pool at St Clair, Dunedin. We did a spur-of-the-moment trip to Dunedin yesterday and stayed overnight, then returned for a summer visit to the cafe this morning. I looked out the cafe window and... Continue Reading →