Dolphin Wind Vane, New Zealand

Explored a long gravel road to south coast Chrystall's Beach, found this on a cottage. Photo taken by Nigel 08 Dec 2019.

Roses at Crookston

This is another building, standing beside the derelict garage at Crookston where Nigel took the photos of yellow sedum that were posted in Stop For Sedum. Front left and right of a big shed. Photos taken by Liz, 18 Jan 2020. Crookston, West Otago, New Zealand. I took this photo primarily for the attractive misty... Continue Reading →

Straight Ahead to Leithen

There weren't many road signs to confirm our route to Leithen and it had us guessing at times as we drove up the gravel lane through forest trees, the sealed road having ended when farmland had transitioned to woodland. Eventually we came to the lovely Leithen picnic area that I've been posting photos of recently.... Continue Reading →

River Stones

The Pomahaka River at Leithen Picnic Area has plenty of stones in the riverbed, many of them flat. Nigel commented that many of them are square-ended and would be useful for corners in stonemasonry (known as quoins). We were there on Sunday afternoon. All photos below taken by Nigel, 19 Jan 2020. Pomahaka River at... Continue Reading →

These Hills of Gold

Driving back to Tapanui via Moa Flat yesterday we suddenly came upon these golden slopes, probably brassica flowers from a farm crop. Those are the Blue Mountains in the distance, behind Tapanui. West Otago, New Zealand. Nigel got a nice photo of the view so I've done a 1600px-wide image. Click on the photo to... Continue Reading →

Turquoise Cafe

This cafe popped up out-of-the-blue! We were en route to Roxburgh yesterday when I saw a flash of blue out my side window and the word 'cafe'. This is Ettrick orchard country and I hadn't seen anything bright blue before. I asked Nigel to turn around and sure enough there's a new cafe (only been... Continue Reading →

Beauty Is Here

This post features images taken by Nigel when we visited Horseshoe Bend near Millers Flat in Central Otago, New Zealand. He got some really nice captures. There was so much more than just the historic bridge. Taken 31 Dec 2019. Native flowers. I think this may be manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) rather than kanuka (Kunzea ericoides).... Continue Reading →

Horseshoe Bend Bridge

The Clutha River or Mata-Au, often referred to as the Mighty Clutha, runs from Lake Wanaka through Central Otago, on through the Clutha District via Clydevale and Balclutha, and then down to the South Coast via Inch Clutha (338 km total). There's an interesting photo of the Mata-Au meeting the ocean featured in Te Ara... Continue Reading →

Taieri Gorge Railway

Today is a day we've looked forward to for weeks because we'd booked to do the Taieri Gorge Railway trip to Middlemarch (and return), leaving from Dunedin Railway Station. We boarded the train at 9.30am and got back soon after 4.00pm. FYI:  Wingatui is right by Mosgiel on the outskirts of Dunedin. Construction of this... Continue Reading →

Reindeer Reign

Reindeer have apparently commandeered this old wagon at Evans Flat near Lawrence, Clutha District. Taken by Liz 28 Dec 2019.

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