Lovely foliage in citrus colours from further up our street in Tapanui. We were driving back into town from a trip to Roxburgh on 17 April and these colours were so beautiful I asked Nigel to drop me off so I could catch some pre-sunset colour. I took these and a bunch of shots of... Continue Reading →
From a neighbourhood stroll this evening. Tapanui, West Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand. Frog letterbox, Tapanui School. Māori gateway, Tapanui School. "Together We Learn And Grow" Cutest-ever decorative cat, private property entrance.
I've photographed this plant many times but the photos haven't turned out well before. On this day, 08 December 2020, the plant wasn't too dense and it was backlit. I love the pattern of the stems and foliage! It's in the South African garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I wondered if it's a... Continue Reading →
All the fun of the fair! This stunner by Steve Schwartzman (Texas, USA). Pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa). "I made this ant-enhanced portrait at the Riata Trace Pond on April 5th."
On Sunday Nigel took himself and his green brolly off to Hawthorn Den at Waikaka to attend a fete. Waikaka is not far distant from home, between where we live in Tapanui and Gore. The green brolly is no ordinary umbrella, a lucky find for Nigel a year ago. It's huge and the shade of... Continue Reading →
Nigel pulled into the BP fuel station on the outskirts of Invercargill before we headed home yesterday and this eye-catching very green Holden ute was already parked on the forecourt. It turns out the proud owner of the vehicle is a champion table tennis player hence the number plate TT GIRL. She started playing table... Continue Reading →
These are the last photos from our trip into Central Otago on 27 Nov 2019. Coming through Roxburgh Nigel took photos of this interesting birch tree (trees?) by the road, the canopy covering a lot of ground. Betula pendula. Then driving through the Teviot Valley I spotted words on a hillside in white letters -... Continue Reading →
The scientific name is a bit of a mouthful but this is a pretty and unusual shrub that's endemic to New Zealand, and grows to 8m. It has really interesting leaves that have a blistered appearance - so unusual that you feel drawn to touch a leaf to see what the surface feels like. The... Continue Reading →
Most people know of "kiwifruit" as we call them in New Zealand. You might call them "kiwis". During my young childhood they were called "Chinese gooseberries". I've just found that the name change occurred on 15 June 1959 (it evidently took a while to catch on with the general population as I was born a... Continue Reading →
As darkness descends we switch on the outside light between cottage and office, and the back porch glows green. We're quietly amused, yet at the same time we're rather fond of the effect.. I enjoy seeing the green glow when I look through the kitchen window 🙂 -- another colourful light that we've inherited with... Continue Reading →