White Christmas

I found myself with a few local ‘white’ Christmas photos after a wander around town. These were all taken on Boxing Day except for the white ducks and the pigeons – I took those on Christmas Day. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

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White/pink mallow flowers are pretty!

The kiwis look white in daylight, must go and sneak a peek at night.

These two ducks are great talkers, heard them well before I saw them. Their beaks were both moving fast as they talked to each other but when they saw me aim my camera at them they went dead quiet as in my photo. One evening we saw them in the playground, gabbing away to each other non-stop. I said to Nigel they should be named Gabbler and Dabbler 🙂

Last minute addition, and taken Christmas Day. Two native pigeons, perched in the top of a big red plum tree. New Zealand Pigeons, kererū, have white ‘singlets’.

The following two photos are from a single property ..

~ Written on the Christmas Tree behind The Grinch ~

doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas,
means a little bit more!

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. Lovely photos! Your “White Christmas” is quite different than ours. We were immensely delighted that the Christmas Eve snow, though somewhat diminished due to a light rainfall, lasted through Christmas Day! Love the native pigeons in the tree. Wait, I do believe that I feel a song coming on : On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a Kuh-ree-roo in a red plum tree…this could be a hit, right?! Benjamin will adore the last photo. He loves “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” both the old 1966 animated movie and the 2000 version with Jim Carrey since he first watched them as a tot. Benjamin can (taught by his Auntie H) repeat many lines from both movies including the one on the decorative tree behind the Grinch. Their most repeated quote is from the 1966 version with Auntie saying “Christmas day will always be” to which Benjamin adds “just as long as we have we.” Thank-you!

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    1. Glad the snow lasted on Christmas Day after all! Love your NZ version of the Christmas song hehe 🙂 It’s only recently I’ve realised you’re at Rhode Island. I sometimes listen to video sermons by the Episcopal Bishop Knisely and when the weather’s good his videos are done outside in his garden. The intro usually has some still pics from the garden as well. He does really good sermons but I also enjoy seeing the garden (which runs down to the water). I doubt I’ve ever seen a Grinch movie but still enjoy seeing the fun character all the same!


    1. They’re really eye-catching! Especially love these bushes that have pink and white flowers, sweet like the pink and white mallowpuffs served with a cafe-bought hot chocolate here 🙂

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      1. They are really lovely and can keep flowering ’til quite late in the year. I’ve found they only last a few years and can be very vulnerable to damage and winter cold. But they’re worth it!

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