BW02: Lonely Tree

Black and White (02). I'm proud to feature two outstanding photos taken in New Zealand, not too far away from where I live, by Australia-based photographer Lignum Draco. He ventured into the remote Nevis Valley of Central Otago in search of a solitary tree by a small pond with a mountain backdrop that he'd heard... Continue Reading →

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Ready For Spring. Its been a cold, wet winter here in Gore, Southland, New Zealand. At long last we see the signs of spring and on Sunday 05 Aug I saw these beautiful crocuses emerging from dead leaves while visiting the public gardens in Invercargill.

Sketching, LandArt and Unicorns

This post brings some cool to those of you in the northern hemisphere who are suffering in the heat. The photos below were taken in March 2018 in the UK when temperatures were a lot more chilly. The story and photos are by Katherine Owen whom I've only just started following. I just loved, Loved,... Continue Reading →

Rural Ettrick In Winter

We saw this long pivot irrigator parked in a paddock just outside Ettrick on our way back from Central Otago to Gore on 02 June 2018 (winter in New Zealand). We'd decided to drive a little way up a side road on a whim and this was right near the fence. They're pretty impressive when... Continue Reading →

Sky Blue

According to Wikipedia, "Sky blue is the name of a colour that resembles the colour of the sky at noon". Don't we all enjoy looking up into a beautiful blue sky? I couldn't help thinking of a verse from an old song that goes "Blue skies, smiling at me; Nothing but blue skies, do I... Continue Reading →

Rock Solid

Nearly missed taking a photo of this big boulder. I'd just got comfy in the car after being out in the cold, looked out the window, and realized I'd forgotten to photo this rock when I was outside. So back outside I went ... Butchers Gully, Butchers Dam, Lye Bow Road, Alexandra; Central Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Winter Willow

On that freezing cold Saturday, 02 June, when we were on our way home through Central Otago, we passed these frozen willows. This was after we'd left Fruitlands and we were somewhere between Gorge Creek and Shingle Creek. Central Otago, New Zealand. The trees were right by the highway. - Photo by Nigel Some of... Continue Reading →

Rock Face (do you see the face?)  - Looks like an aristocratic man's face to me, in profile with nose toward the power pole. Lawyer's head? What do you see? Taken by Liz at Butchers Dam near Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand, Sat 02 June 2018.

Pretty Damn Cold!

Alexandra remained foggy and cold on Sat 02 June. We stopped to take photos at Butchers Dam where the scenery was splendid but we didn't want to hang around for too long as it was very cold. We were parked by Lye Bow Road, a gravel road which is just off the main highway. The... Continue Reading →

Fire and Ice

Rose hips and hoar frost photographed on the second day of winter. We drove to Alexandra and in the afternoon on the way back to Gore we stopped in several places to take photos. These are taken at Butchers Dam near Alexandra. We literally parked on the roadside, scrambled up a bank, and found a... Continue Reading →

Speargrass Inn: Garden

Photos from the garden that surrounds Speargrass Inn at Fruitlands, Central Otago. We arrived at the Inn but they were Out (closed for the winter). This post continues Fruitless Fruitlands which included a rustic wagon. The beautiful pine tree below is near the wagon - you can partially see it in some photos. The pine... Continue Reading →

Fruitless Fruitlands

Speargrass Inn is a beautifully restored historic hotel now operating as a cafe with separate B&B accommodation. We'd hoped to enjoy the cafe on our way back home on Saturday. The district where Speargrass Inn is located is called Fruitlands and we found the cafe had closed for the winter hence my title 'Fruitless Fruitlands'.... Continue Reading →

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