Interesting Locals

We met these animal locals on a walk yesterday to the edge of town. I took lots of spring flower photos, there were way more flowers in bloom than I expected. Flower photos later. ~Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. In the second sheep photo the mum-sheep is actually poking her tongue at me .. rude!... Continue Reading →

Apple Harvest

Returning from Roxburgh on 17 April, I asked Nigel to stop and park by an apple orchard at Ettrick so I could take photos. Actually I took a lot.. it was hard to know how to get decent photos from this nice but fairly ordinary scene. The workers had finished for the day so I... Continue Reading →

Breath of Autumn

Back in autumn on the 29 March, I set off on a solo walk from our cottage, through local streets and out to the eastern edge of town where the Colchicum field is. It was a glorious morning and the natural world seemed infused with a special quality that compelled me to take photos. At... Continue Reading →

Autumn Love

Autumn nature photos from a local walk I did on 29 March, all taken in the vicinity of the Colchicum (autumn crocus) field, on the edge of town near the plant nursery. The dahlias are on the 'road' side of the fence that contains the Colchicum field. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any... Continue Reading →

Green and Gold

Mostly green and gold. Autumn photos taken 05 May in the late afternoon and near sunset, from a street on the outer edge of Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. ~ same tree taken again during the golden light phase close to sunset. The other side of the street, farmland... Continue Reading →

Bobbly Tree

We were driving from Moa Flat toward Heriot when I spotted this unusual tree, up a bank and by the fence of a farm paddock. You'd think it was topiary, cloud pruning perhaps, but that seems unlikely in this situation. Something of a mystery but very interesting irrespective of whether it's a natural phenomenon or... Continue Reading →

In The Spotlight

Recently we were driving back from Moa Flat toward Heriot when we got these dramatic views looking over toward the Blue Mountains at Tapanui. We knew the light wouldn't last long and Nigel quickly took a shot through the windscreen (1st photo below) and the other two were taken outside of the car. West Otago,... Continue Reading →

Bronze Flax

A week ago when we walked out of town and up the road through farmland, taking photos of trees with bare branches, I'd noticed how beautiful the bronze-coloured flaxes were looking. Most side-of-the-road flaxes are green but sometimes we see brown or bronze flaxes, and occasionally variegated forms. This one, with a few similar companions,... Continue Reading →

Go With The Flow

Not far from Tapanui as we drive north on the highway, there's a long line of our native cabbage trees. On this particular day there was also a very strong relentless wind, it held so steady that the trees were given no respite. This meant that their leaves steadily flowed in the wind without bouncing... Continue Reading →

Evening Pastoral

Today we were blessed with another beautifully fine winter day and in the late afternoon we did a long walk, to yesterday's location but this time we walked to the end of the country road. I took these photos only slightly further along the road from where yesterday's were shot (the last photo shows the... Continue Reading →

Branching Out

Trees looking lovely on a gorgeous winter afternoon. We'd walked out beyond the edge of town and up a road that runs through farms. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. ~ photos taken today. Click on any photo to enlarge. I didn't bring my camera but asked Nigel to take these photos because the trees looked... Continue Reading →

One Tree Hill

Obvious title for a very eye-catching conical hill with a steep peak and a large tree perched right on top! ~viewed as we travelled from Moonlight to Middlemarch, Dunedin. Otago, New Zealand. Photos by Nigel. Actually, the first two photos were taken Sat 29 May 2021 as we made our homeward journey but the second... Continue Reading →

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