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 →

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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 →

Waipapa Point, Ways(2)

Wild and free but beware the hazardous sea at Waipapa Point. More sea, more paths plus photos of severely windshorn trees, victims of gale salt-laden winds. The photos are taken by me 17 Feb 2019 except for the two close-up tree photos taken by Nigel during our 2014 visit. Continues:  Waipapa Point, Ways For:  Which... Continue Reading →

Wide Open Spaces

Returning home to Gore from Oamaru we turned off the highway at Palmerston and came home via Central Otago. Nigel stopped to take photos of the tussock land along the way. This is a region of wide open native grassland grazed by hardy sheep. The landscape is huge, the skies are huge, the long tussock... Continue Reading →

Country Pumpkin

Coming home from Oamaru, its a long drive. We'd come through via Palmerston and Central Otago, stopped for a mob of sheep and then for refreshments at Omakau. We were almost out of Central Otago when I thought it would be nice to get some fruit. Peirce Orchard loomed before me and instead of the... Continue Reading →

Take It Away

The gale winds in Southland are legendary and Nigel's advice is to keep your mouth shut - or inflate. Ha! The unrelenting gales shape trees into a permanent stoop, some have become well-known icons and a magnet for photographers. Photos taken 17 Feb. Not famous (yet). Southland, New Zealand Takeaway Bonsai -- photos by Nigel... Continue Reading →

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