Proper Autumn

What a difference it makes when the sun's out! Yesterday morning we departed our motel and then I spent more time back in the Dunedin Botanic Garden while Nigel did a site visit for his work. I wondered what difference the sun's presence would make to the horse chestnut tree - here's what I saw... Continue Reading →

Life Worth Living

This is my second Cover Story .. this time for Jake's latest book which bears the same name as his blog: Looking for God in Messy Places. I've previously featured Jake's writing on my blog but for those unfamiliar with his work, Jake Owensby is Bishop of Western Louisiana (USA/Episcopal). I remember when Jake first... Continue Reading →

Awesome Wonder

My title is a nod to the famous hymn How Great Thou Art and finding this little scene at Dunedin Botanic Garden (New Zealand) filled me with awesome wonder and my soul did sing! This wonderful tree cultivar has its share of fame in gardening circles too, Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'. This is also my... Continue Reading →

Colour Change

This is the lemon-coloured tree from my recent Lemon and Lime post but now it's more like orange! It was nearly sunset when I took the photos and the orange colour was stronger. I noticed the tree from my On Fire post has already dropped most of its leaves. And today has been a lovely... Continue Reading →

Rainbow Gum

Tonight a spectacular photo arrived in my Twitter feed via Dr. Dean Nicolle whose Twitter bio reads: Eucalyptologist (gum nut). Botanist, arborist, ecologist & author, specialising in the eucalypts. Creator & curator of Currency Creek Arboretum. Adelaide, Australia. Website: Calyptra Twitter: @DeanNicolle1 This bright colourful tree trunk is a rainbow gum (Eucalyptus deglupta). The large... Continue Reading →

Colorful April

Lens-Artists Challenge #143: Colorful April. I couldn't resist posting to Amy's challenge of Colorful April because we'd visited Maple Glen Garden on 04 April 2021 and I'd taken plenty of colourful images. In New Zealand it's now AUTUMN. We'd arrived at the garden earlier in the day to heavy rain and had to drive some... Continue Reading →

Very Pretty Turkey

We were nearing the end of our visit to Maple Glen Garden on Easter Sunday when I spotted the prettiest turkey I've ever seen and wandered over to take photos. There were two turkeys on the grass by a little woodland and a few chooks and guinea fowl within the woodland. The turkeys tolerated my... Continue Reading →

Berry Bright

From yesterday's local walk along the highway, Pyracantha berries, a dazzling show of colour. Autumn in New Zealand. Tapanui, West Otago.

A Cover Like No Other

It was love at first sight when I saw the gorgeous cover of Kay's fourth book of poems; my favourite book cover ever. The beautiful face, soulful eyes and bright colours radiate pure joy and wonder that go straight to my heart, satisfying my deepest longings for colour. ~ Upturned, poems by New Zealand writer... Continue Reading →

Upturned Turns Up

Upturned turns up, bright and colourful as ever. My much loved, signed copy, with me at illys Cafe in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. This Sunday I'll share the story of the beautiful cover! Poems by Dunedin writer and poet, Kay McKenzie Cooke. Published by The Cuba Press. New Zealand. About the book. And... Kay... Continue Reading →

Gore Roses Today

Valentines Day roses in the public garden at Gore, Southland, New Zealand. 14 February 2021. To be honest we didn't realise it was Valentines Day when we decided to visit Gore this morning! I hear there were seven US Republican senators that did the right thing: Burr (NC) Cassidy (LA) Collins (ME) Murkowski (AK) Romney... Continue Reading →

Late Summer

These past-their-best late summer flowers still looked beautiful to me. I photographed them at Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand on 31 January 2021.

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