St Clair Esplanade, Dunedin NZ

St Clair Esplanade, sea wall and beach, Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken at sunset 31 Jan 2019 by Nigel

Summer Sea, St Clair

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 →

Blogger recognition award

23 Dec 2019 .. my notifications include a pingback from writer Jane Dougherty and I find she’s included me in her Blogger Recognition Awards. I feel honoured and grateful. It was a lovely acknowledgement and I’d like to do the same for those whose friendship and blogs have meant so much to me since I… Continue Reading →

Yellow Pohutukawa

Earlier today we were in Dunedin and visited St Clair. As soon as we’d parked I spotted a yellow pohutukawa on a nearby private property. This is a rare colour form, the normal colour being bright red (known as the New Zealand Christmas tree). Down south here the pohutukawa trees are just coming into flower… Continue Reading →

Bronze Flowers

This is a sedge from the North Island of New Zealand, growing in the native garden at Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland. Apparently it likes best to grow on cliffs or banks above water, in seepages where the soil is permanently damp. I love the flower heads and took the following photo during my visit on… Continue Reading →

Ten In Heart and Ten In Tide

for time to tend.  Wow! Damien has written a SECOND poem inspired by Nigel’s fab photos of the St Clair’s Piles, St Clair Beach, Dunedin. This post’s title and first line are favourite lines of mine from his poem referring to the ten piles seen in the photo below, relics from an old groyne nearly… Continue Reading →

A Different View

THE BREAKING OF THE BLUE. Poem by Damien B. Donnelly. Last week I invited Damien to write a poem using Nigel’s photo of the St Clair’s Piles as inspiration. I knew Damien was flying out from Paris the next day on a much anticipated holiday and that he just might “write in-flight”. He very kindly… Continue Reading →

Survivors: Poem

I’ve been working on this poem since Nigel came home with the beautiful sunset photos he took at St Clair in Dunedin. The St Clair’s piles date back to 1921 and are remnants of a double-row of posts that with the addition of planks formed a groyne to retain sand. Apparently southerly seas took sand… Continue Reading →

Drawn to the Light

Drawn to the light. Tidal canvas for beautiful reflections at St Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand. Old groyne piles that date back to 1921, survivors.

Still Standing

These old timber piles in the sand at St Clair are rapidly disappearing, a familiar icon that will soon be gone forever. They’re a remnant of an old groyne from 1921, built in an effort to retain sand. Taken by Nigel 31 Jan 2019 at sunset. There were multiple groynes. The Otago Daily Times published… Continue Reading →

Seaside at Sunset

People enjoying an evening stroll at sunset, St Clair Esplanade, Dunedin, Otago. Taken by Nigel, 31 January 2019. New Zealand Text by Liz, Photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

Radiant Transformation 2

This post continues my previous post  Radiant Transformation. Stunning sunset at St Clair in Dunedin. Nigel was privileged to witness this fiery spectacle sometime after 9pm. He was walking in the opposite direction down the beach when the deepening glow enticed him to turn around. He had his Olympus digital camera and took these three… Continue Reading →

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