Winter Warmth

Returning to Tapanui from Balclutha we encountered a pretty rural sunset scene as we drove through Conical Hill in the Pomahaka area. I asked Nigel to turn around because I'd spotted an irresistable view that included a stream and an old bailey bridge. We both hopped out in the drizzle to take photos and Nigel's... Continue Reading →

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Waikaka Gold

On our way to Waikaka on Saturday we got a fairly close view of gold mining equipment parked in a paddock near the road. We've seen this from a distance months ago (perhaps part of a modern dredge). I got myself mired in much info while looking for a few facts to go with this... Continue Reading →

Walking Distance

Unusually nice day on Saturday for a winter weekend. After visiting our local cafe we did a loop walk around part of town and enjoyed the bright landscape - nice change from all the grey we've had over the last few weeks. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand -- photos taken by Nigel Walking along a... Continue Reading →

Summer day at Moa Flat, Otago (New Zealand). Matagouri or "wild Irishman" is a native, very thorny shrub/tree. Taken by Nigel 12 Jan 2019. Discaria toumatou

They Don’t Bat an Eyelid

It seems that huge commercial interests don't bat an eyelid at mining 23 MILLION years of preserved history and processing it into poultry and pig feed. I've recently shared with you the amazing discovery of ancient moa footprints and NOW, only a short distance away, at Foulden Maar... Credit: By Kimberley Collins - Own work,... Continue Reading →

Wonders of Water

This post celebrates WATER through photos I've selected from various WP blogs, reminding me what a precious resource water is. We need to keep ahead of what's happening in our local environment and be alert to any threats to the purity of our natural water systems. All photos used with permission With most photos I... Continue Reading →

Blue Mountains, Tapanui

It's three weeks since we moved to our recently purchased cottage in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Today was a beautiful autumn day and I went for a walk up our street, following it until I reached the outer edge of town. I took these photos of the Blue Mountains which dominate the landscape to... Continue Reading →

Beauty in Pink and White

Final post of pink and white achillea flowers growing in the roadside verge beside Waimea Highway, the route that heads west out of Gore. Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel and Liz using Nigel's cellphone, 20 March 2019 Pink and White Achillea (Yarrow) Nigel took the first two photos, the second version with bokeh effect... Continue Reading →

Which Way from Gore?

This roadside verge is where Nigel and I were taking the achillea, utility-thing and "spider" (actually harvestman) photos I've posted recently. Thanks to Mike Powell who through the comments got me learning about harvestmen. This verge is by Highway 94 aka Waimea Highway that heads west out of Gore. If you like to see a... Continue Reading →

Live and Let Live

Life found on the roadside verge, a short drive from our home in Gore. I noticed these pink achillea recently and Nigel took me back yesterday to get some photos. Some feature small-animal life as well. Taken with Nigel's cellphone, both taking turns at being photographer. Southland, New Zealand Pink achillea with a colourful little... Continue Reading →

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