Roxburgh Cottage

Cute cottage we found on our 2nd-to-last visit to Roxburgh. On Saturday we had another look and the tamarisk tree was now in flower as well as the wisteria so I decided to take photos. Central Otago, New Zealand.

White Flowerfall

Waterfalls..why not flowerfalls? I spotted this lovely white dogwood (Cornus sp.) down a side-street in Roxburgh on Saturday. After a refreshment stop we found the tree and I tried to capture something of its magic. The white dogwoods are pure white, noticeably standing out from other white blossom. Roxburgh, Central Otago. New Zealand. Click on... Continue Reading →

Lovely Lilac

Driving through East Roxburgh yesterday I spotted lots of lovely lilac flowers.. a whole hedge! so I asked Nigel to turn around. We were both glad we went back, it was a lovely spot and nice standing near to the flowery hedge. Brightest time of day though, difficult to get nice shots. Central Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Lilac and Love

I found this gorgeous lilac bloom at the entry to a country cemetery today and felt love lingering at one of the memorials. This open and spacious cemetery is located at the very small settlement of Millers Flat, near Roxburgh, Central Otago. Some of the older graves date back to the late-1800s/early-1900s, and from what... Continue Reading →

Shower of Gold

Beautiful golden native kōwhai flowers outside the RSA today. Appears to be a deciduous form, that's what caught my eye first about a week ago - all these flowers and no leaves! We've had a few wintry days but it's still looking gorgeous. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Blossom... Continue Reading →

Museum Garden

Just up our street is a vintage machinery museum holding a lot of tractors (many of them operational) and a working steam engine named "Stella" that they take to steam shows. One day when we went for a walk I had a look at what's in their gardens. I doubt the plants get much attention... Continue Reading →

Komodo National Park – Here Be Dragons…

Real-life first encounter with Komodo Dragons. Absolutely enthralling. When the action starts.. it’s explosive!

“The Komodo is a savage killing machine, fully equipped with the tools required to kill and butcher a meal whenever it chooses.”

Extremely well-written and very engaging but it IS a completely natural predator/prey interaction with a real victim so if you feel sensitive to this type of scenario.. well, you’ve been warned!

I haven’t used the Reblog function for a long time so let’s see how this goes. I’ll just reiterate – this is enthralling and full of action – I was fully engaged all the way through.. spellbound! –Liz 🙂

incidental naturalist

In 2007, a Komodo dragon killed an eight-year-old boy.  This was the first fatal attack on a human by one of the giant lizards in 33 years. “The Komodo bit him on his waist and tossed him viciously from side to side,” a national park spokesman, Heru Rudiharto, said.  “The boy died from massive bleeding half an hour later.”

This is the stuff of legends; huge reptiles capable of killing human beings, living on a remote Indonesian island. This may have been the first fatal attack for a while but it is just one of many attacks on people that have resulted in serious injury.

My childhood fascination with nature grew out of watching the behaviour of amphibians. Like many children, I learned about cycles of life by watching frog spawn become tadpoles and finally crawl out of the water on frogs’ legs. This interest naturally extended to the…

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Have you heard?

A poem/story. The verses accompany bird photos taken when we visited Maple Glen Garden on Sunday, 03 October [Southland, New Zealand]. The idea was inspired by Jake Owensby on twitter this morning telling how his wife Joy in a wordplay duel had coined “Poultrygeist.” It caught my imagination and after checking my photos I put... Continue Reading →

Snowball Blossom

Yesterday out for a local walk I was stopped by a beautiful sweet scent. I looked up to see these flowers above me! Street frontage of property with an old church. After an online search I'm fairly sure it's Sweet Viburnum or Viburnum odoratissimum ~Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Trumpets

A few varieties of local daffodils that I photographed during our colourful spring wander on Saturday afternoon, 02 October 2021. All these were taken by the boundary fence of the flower farm. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. When I look at these, I think of ~Hark! The herald angels... Continue Reading →

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