Lichen liking local lions

Out on the edge of town, two lions are loyal guardians of the owner’s driveway, the same property that has a Colchicum field that I’ve featured in previous posts. I took these photos when I went for a local wander on 29 March, a lovely autumn day when I took way more photos than I’d usually take on a single walk! Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.


Stately and steadfast, I like these lions.


Not keen on this more modern white lion, one of another entry-guarding pair that live closer to Dunedin. The creature appears aghast at his own presentation, poor thing. My OH says they are naff!


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. It is fascinating to see how the lions have so much character with the accumulated moss, lichen, and discoloration than the one that is so new and pristine looking. I think that is why some folks that deal with antiques warn people not to clean old objects that are often worth more with the patina than if they are cleaned.

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    1. Yes, I so agree with you Mike! The character and story behind the weathering / discolouration / wear-and-tear add meaning and value to even humble objects. There must be some great stories around that relate to such things!

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  2. I like the stately and lichen crusted ones, and their aged pedestals.

    Your lions are taking me down memory lane, Liz. In our previous neighborhood first one, then two, then a whole bunch of home owners installed them, and they were mostly naff! (I had to look that up.)

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    1. You got it. Explanations vary but here’s a meaning I copied: “Naff. N-A-F-F. British slang. It means worthless, tacky, unfashionable – ‘that’s naff’, ‘the party was naff’, ‘those clothes are naff’ – unenjoyable, of poor quality. 😀

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