Two’s Company

And three's a crowd. A red damselfly pair who were 'company' appeared none-too-pleased when more males turned up. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand. 31 Jan 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge (various sizes). By The Pond They flared their wings and body if another male came near. Didn't get much peace either... Continue Reading →

Blue Damsel

Today summer was back again and we spent a few hours at Maple Glen Garden, a magnificent private family garden at Glenham in Southland. They have lots of ponds and I was very excited to find many damselflies in a few areas. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. This image is cropped from... Continue Reading →

All Together Now

Pansies put on a great show in Queens Park, Invercargill on 26 Jan 2021. This is the same park where we enjoyed the glorious gazanias. The pansies had company - lavender and heuchera. Cheerful display! Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. The purple foliage is one of the many kinds of heuchera... Continue Reading →

Have A Heart

This lovely photo grabbed my attention on Twitter yesterday. I retweeted it and then thought I'd like to share it on my blog. The photographer (Norfolk, UK) was very kind and also sent me another version. Below is the original phone image I saw on Twitter followed by a more recent camera photo. Click on... Continue Reading →

Glorious Gazanias

Gazanias in all their glory at Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland. New Zealand. Native to South Africa. They're named after the 15th-century Greek-Italian scholar Theodorus of Gaza; they're also known as 'treasure flowers' ... I like that! I took these pics on a hot afternoon, 26 January 2021. It's nice looking at them again today because... Continue Reading →

Gazania Gazing

Following on from yesterday's single-image post .. more gazanias! Photos taken at Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand on 26 January 2021. I couldn't take my eyes off these bright beauties! Three large rectangular beds of gazanias lined up across the lawn. The first pic shows a gazania that appeared to be a one-off... Continue Reading →

Dockweed

Dock, dockweed, dock weed. Common weed but has its own beauty. These photos were taken on a roadside verge near Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand on 23 January 2021. The first two photos show the nursery web of a nursery web spider. The last photo is another dock plant altogether. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →

Texas Hill Country

Not having my own Texas photos, nor any river photos, I opted for lovely blue flowers that I saw in Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 October 2020, which is spring in New Zealand. I can imagine this as a blue snail!(head left-side of pic, shell in the middle, 'tail' to right). Moving on to Texas... Continue Reading →

Dill Dill Dill

My early years of life were spent on an orchard and "dill" for me related to feeding stale bread to ducks on the pond, calling out "here dill, dill, dill" 😀 This dill wild parsnip was growing along the roadside verge on the back road between Roxburgh and Millers Flat. I was photographing wildflowers when... Continue Reading →

Land of Opportunity

Yesterday afternoon we drove the Moa Flat route through to Roxburgh and I spotted this crowd of birds enjoying a banquet in a recently flooded cultivated field. We've had a lot of rain recently (whatever happened to summer?). Looking at the photos I could only see ducks and gulls in the mix. By the way,... Continue Reading →

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