Downriver

The main river that's near to us is the Pomahaka River and recently I realised I wasn't too familiar with its course so one afternoon I suggested we drive downriver from our nearest contact point with the Pomahaka. West Otago and Clydevale, Clutha District, New Zealand. I took these photos 19 Feb 2021. Click on... Continue Reading →

Wild and Weedy

These bright yellow flowers bloom along roadsides everywhere around here. Have been for weeks. This is by the Pomahaka River at Conical Hill, West Otago. New Zealand. I assume they're hieracium (hawkweed). Photos taken 19 Feb 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

Ebb And Flow

Our first visit to the ocean end of Fortrose. We drove through the golf course and the road opened out to a carpark and large open public area. We had a fabulous time exploring here - so much to see! Ocean meeting southern end of South Island, and channel through to Toetoes Estuary. 21 February... Continue Reading →

Gracious Homestead

We recently happened upon this beautiful old homestead that dates back to 1906 while aimlessly driving out in the country on a back road. No historic signs or anything, just a privately owned beautiful old house. The owners were lovely and allowed us to have a look at their garden area around the home. Prior... Continue Reading →

More Pokers

Line of red hot pokers (Kniphofia sp.) in Southland, New Zealand. 21 Feb 2021. Roadside verge by farm fence.

On The Verge

Colours of weeds on the road verge alongside the East Roxburgh to Millers Flat road. We stopped twice along the road. At the first stop I also took the Dill Dill Dill photos featured in a recent post. Central Otago, New Zealand. Pics taken 23 January 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and... Continue Reading →

Dockweed

Dock, dockweed, dock weed. Common weed but has its own beauty. These photos were taken on a roadside verge near Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand on 23 January 2021. The first two photos show the nursery web of a nursery web spider. The last photo is another dock plant altogether. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →

Dill Dill Dill

My early years of life were spent on an orchard and "dill" for me related to feeding stale bread to ducks on the pond, calling out "here dill, dill, dill" 😀 This dill wild parsnip was growing along the roadside verge on the back road between Roxburgh and Millers Flat. I was photographing wildflowers when... Continue Reading →

Land of Opportunity

Yesterday afternoon we drove the Moa Flat route through to Roxburgh and I spotted this crowd of birds enjoying a banquet in a recently flooded cultivated field. We've had a lot of rain recently (whatever happened to summer?). Looking at the photos I could only see ducks and gulls in the mix. By the way,... Continue Reading →

Shine

Kniphofia / red hot poker are common here, often by a fence or driveway. Southland, New Zealand ~09 Jan 2021. I love the yellow ones!

Belties

We drove through Kelso this afternoon and in a field by the road was a small herd of one of our favourite bovine breeds - belted galloways or 'belties'. Being smaller and less likely to scare them, I said to Nigel I'd get out and take photos. Far from me scaring them, they all trooped... Continue Reading →

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