Teach Us To See

“Always continue walking a lot and loving nature, for that’s the real way to learn to understand art better and better. Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.” -- Vincent Van Gogh Great post from Mike Powell on 15 Jan. He shared how a beautiful winter photo he'd taken of a male... Continue Reading →

Merry Stachys, Bumble Bees

The bumble bees were loving the Stachys byzantina (lamb's ears) when we wandered close for a look on Christmas Day 2019. The attention was too much for some but others stayed for the photo op. Mediterranean Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. First two photos taken by Liz, last photo by Nigel. Click on photo... Continue Reading →

The Big Picture

Tui mural on the wall of a Dunedin carpark in a commercial part of Dunedin City, New Zealand. The tui is a native songbird, endemic to New Zealand. Very assertive bird and flies like a rocket. For more information and photos, Wendy from the North Island has done excellent tui posts:  tui feasting on kowhai... Continue Reading →

Random in Dunedin

We were in the centre of Dunedin City, The Octagon, for a short while this afternoon and then drove uphill to the suburb of Roslyn which has both a nice cafe and views. In The Octagon I admired the water features and enjoyed seeing the gulls making the most of them. Nearby the city's Christmas... Continue Reading →

Moa Footprints On Display

In March this year a farm worker taking dogs for a swim, found moa footprints under the water of the Kyeburn River in Central Otago. For the record, his name is Michael Johnston. We owe him big time for being so observant and ensuring that his find was properly investigated by those with the knowledge... Continue Reading →

Migrant To New Zealand

Here's a bird that arrives in New Zealand during Spring and departs before Winter, our very own fair weather friend. It has a distinctive call so we know when it's arrived. Generally it doesn't hang around at low levels - instead it's usually up in the tree canopy where it's almost impossible to spot so... Continue Reading →

Tale of a Tail

Sunday, while showing visitors around Central Otago we turned off the highway onto a side road and there was a peacock in all his glory raising beautiful tail feathers to great effect - in the middle of the road! It was like the show was just for us! We assumed there was a peahen somewhere... Continue Reading →

Autumn Colours

Although currently Spring in New Zealand I want to share with you this gorgeous Autumn watercolour painting that I viewed on my birthday visit to the 2019 Arts Gold Finalists Exhibition at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Alexandra, Central Otago. Dorothy Piper  |  Reflections of Autumn Dorothy Piper is from Alexandra. Photos taken October... Continue Reading →

Handsome Pheasant

One of the handsome golden pheasants made an appearance when we visited Maple Glen Garden on 06 October but not as close as previously. I still wanted to post the shots though. He was more interested in keeping close to a near female than being near us.  For a closer view, see  The Golden Boy.... Continue Reading →

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