Saturday evening I saw our PM was to do a Covid announcement at 9pm. That had to be bad so I watched. Auckland immediately into alert Level 3, the rest of NZ into Level 2 ('immediately' is my word but the new alerts took effect from 6am Sunday). Level 2 limits gatherings to 100 people... Continue Reading →
Wherever you are in New Zealand you're never that far from the sea. Sunday was a perfect summer day and I told Nigel how much I'd like to go to Fortrose, about an hour and a half drive from home. On the way I photographed the kniphofias that featured in two recent posts. There's a... Continue Reading →
Playful gulls today, jumping off a cliff and hovering in the onshore wind. Fortrose, Southland. New Zealand.
And three's a crowd. A red damselfly pair who were 'company' appeared none-too-pleased when more males turned up. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand. 31 Jan 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge (various sizes). By The Pond They flared their wings and body if another male came near. Didn't get much peace either... Continue Reading →
Today summer was back again and we spent a few hours at Maple Glen Garden, a magnificent private family garden at Glenham in Southland. They have lots of ponds and I was very excited to find many damselflies in a few areas. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. This image is cropped from... Continue Reading →
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 →
I was intrigued by this friendly old house at Colac Bay, Western Southland, New Zealand. Initially I noticed the quizzical eyebrows but didn't notice the Mona Lisa 'smile' until I did the editing 🙂 What you may think is an odd-looking tree is a native cabbage tree or Cordyline australis. If you're from the UK... Continue Reading →
It was heartwarming for us to see these Paradise Shelduck parents out with their young one at a stream near the Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand in early December 2020. I'm used to seeing many young with parents but this pair only had one. Most people simply refer to them as Paradise Ducks. Note: The... Continue Reading →