Helichrysum argyrophyllum

+600 species of Helichrysum occurring worldwide.~244 found in southern Africa. Helichrysum is derived from the Greek "helios" ~sun and "chrysos" ~gold, referring to the colour of many of the flowers of species in this genus. Info from.. SA National Biodiversity Institute Dunedin Botanic Garden ~rock garden. New Zealand. 07 May 2022. Text and photos by... Continue Reading →

Christmas Lily

Fossicking among old photos I found this lily pic from 24 Dec 2019, taken with my old and basic cellphone in Dunedin Botanic Garden. I still love the flower! A search online reveals this flower has a variety of common names but in New Zealand it's known as the Christmas lily. Lilium regale. Other names... Continue Reading →

Golden Clematis

Golden clematis always stops me in my tracks. I found this not far from our motel in Ranfurly, Central Otago on 13 March, New Zealand. Early autumn. I think it must be Clematis tangutica, from central temperate Asia.

Magnificent Mahonia

This Mahonia looked glorious when we visited Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland on Wed 11 May. I don't remember noticing before that yellow flowers and blue berries appear in same bunches at the same time. I think individual flower stems must fall downward after pollination and then form berries ~just judging from what appeared to... Continue Reading →

Lowcountry Dreaming ~1

This and my next post are inspired by Ted & Ellen Jennings who live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I've learned so much about their local plants and wildlife by following their blogs - they're both photographers and each have their own blog. As soon as I saw these sunflowers at Dunedin Botanic Garden,... Continue Reading →

Yellow Shed

Standout yellow shed. It's by a stock yard and loading ramp, seen yesterday as we drove toward Dunback from Palmerston. Bright! Once spotted I had to have photos so Nigel obliged and turned around so I could get the pics. Otago, New Zealand. 13 April. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2022)

Struck Gold!

Happy to get this shot of a honeybee visiting a kōwhai flower at Dunedin Botanic Garden today in the native collection. I saw a bee enter a flower (and completely disappear up into the flower), got my camera focused and waited for it to back out again 😀 Part of a string of old seed... Continue Reading →

Autumn Gold

The poplars at Clyde are changing colour faster than our local poplars. I took the first photo from a vantage point on the edge of town not far from the Clyde bridge, downstream of the hydro dam. Clutha River. Central Otago, New Zealand. My second photo was taken not far from our home in West... Continue Reading →

The Whistlestop

And so we drove on into Central Otago, got to Clyde, where for the first time ever I noticed 'The Whistlestop', my attention caught by golden foliage. We both thought we'd love to have 'The Whistlestop' as our street address! New Zealand. 02 April 2022. [continued from yesterday's post On Our Way] Click on any... Continue Reading →

Bold Bright Dahlias

In Dunedin Botanic Garden on 24 March I found these bold and bright yellow dahlias, one of my favourite flowers that I see bloom each year. I've often had problems with their reflectivity but this day was just right for photographing them! 🙂 Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken with my cellphone, I'm slowly getting a bit... Continue Reading →

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