Friendly Fantail

In the late afternoon we drove to Black Gully Reserve near Tapanui and did a short bush walk. While we paused on the track, a fantail came to visit and flitted about us (as fantails do), chirruping to us all the while. They flit constantly from side-to-side so my shots are far from ideal but... Continue Reading →

Irises and Goldfish

I spent quite some time on 28 April wandering the Dunedin Botanic Garden while Nigel was busy with his work. The day was grey and bright and tricky for photography. Here's a few pics I took when I checked out the pond garden and found irises in flower and bright goldfish hiding under water lily... Continue Reading →

Anemones

Thinking about anemones, which to me back in the day, were always the funny little things that you find in rock pools at the beach. These strange oddities have a ring of tentacles and if you feed them, as we used to do, with a morsel extracted from a 'cats eye' rock snail, the tentacles... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Living

These are from the big local photo-walk I did on 29 March. Poultry, cattle, magpies and a sweet pet dog that was out with his owner who was riding along the footpath on a mobility scooter. Bob and Buddy they were. Buddy's tail was wagging furiously although that's not apparent in the pic! Tapanui, West... Continue Reading →

Autumn Rural

Driving home on 17 April, nearly there and just on sunset. I asked Nigel to pull over because I've been wanting to get a few photos of this large field of round bales - they're either hay or straw. Behind them (which is east) are the locally iconic Blue Mountains located right behind our town... Continue Reading →

Flowers and Fleece

When I wandered up the road to the outskirts of town on 29 March, I found the sheep in with the colchicum (autumn crocus). It was a really perfect autumn morning. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. The field is also lovely further to the right, which is closer to... Continue Reading →

Peacock and company

Peacock lazing in late afternoon autumn sunshine after a rainy day, and a little hen or bantam or "chook" hanging around - quite a busy little thing! Maple Glen garden on 04 April 2021. Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

White In Autumn

I doubt people think of white when considering autumn colours but when we arrived home from our visit to Maple Glen garden on 04 April I did seem to have a fair number of photos that were mainly white! Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Abutilon. Cyclamen. Colchicum or autumn crocus. White... Continue Reading →

Murder and Mayhem

Most of us don't know the half of what's going on in our gardens. In her latest blogpost Ann Mackay ends a paragraph with "Just shows how much murder and mayhem is going on among the beasties that live in our gardens!" and this is true. Murder and mayhem may also originate from plants and... Continue Reading →

Colorful April

Lens-Artists Challenge #143: Colorful April. I couldn't resist posting to Amy's challenge of Colorful April because we'd visited Maple Glen Garden on 04 April 2021 and I'd taken plenty of colourful images. In New Zealand it's now AUTUMN. We'd arrived at the garden earlier in the day to heavy rain and had to drive some... Continue Reading →

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