Nature Will Intervene

"Art in the garden has freedoms and challenges. We have to expect nature to intervene: the elements will work upon the piece long after the artist has put down her tools." --Susan Rushton; blogs at  Susan Rushton Anatomy of Colour by Sarah Emily Porter  -- by Susan Rushton Susan has well over 2000 followers.. I... Continue Reading →

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Cow, Dragons in Tapanui

Cow letterbox, next to the white "anchored" property of my last post. Later we visited the print shop in town and I photographed dragons. In Tapanui dragons have more meaning than what you might imagine. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand A few years ago, Tapanui became the American town of Millhaven in the movie Pete's... Continue Reading →

I Go Weak

Admiring this brilliant photo by Steve Gingold I pondered the words for my title. I'd found the photo on his blog, requested permission, got a prompt response, and wanted to publish. I considered Silent Admiration (my response when I first saw the photo) but it seemed too ho-hum. I focused on the beauty of colour... Continue Reading →

Walking Distance

Unusually nice day on Saturday for a winter weekend. After visiting our local cafe we did a loop walk around part of town and enjoyed the bright landscape - nice change from all the grey we've had over the last few weeks. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand -- photos taken by Nigel Walking along a... Continue Reading →

Kiwi Supernova

Most people know of "kiwifruit" as we call them in New Zealand. You might call them "kiwis". During my young childhood they were called "Chinese gooseberries". I've just found that the name change occurred on 15 June 1959 (it evidently took a while to catch on with the general population as I was born a... Continue Reading →

Colourful rose hips and poplar tree foliage at Gorge Creek near Fruitlands in autumn. Central Otago, New Zealand.

Summer day at Moa Flat, Otago (New Zealand). Matagouri or "wild Irishman" is a native, very thorny shrub/tree. Taken by Nigel 12 Jan 2019. Discaria toumatou

Much to Love about Trees

Just published a  post about trees  for Nigel's blog in response to Leya's tree challenge (for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge). We both love trees but Nigel in particular has a great interest in trees. The photos are all his, they're a mix of natives and exotics, taken in the UK and New Zealand. I do... Continue Reading →

Phloem Cells

Recently I've joined Twitter - way more interesting than I expected! Today I'm sharing a brilliant photo of phloem cells posted to Twitter on June 11, 2019 by Scion. Remember learning about phloem at school? - this photo would have made my learning so much more interesting! Scion is a New Zealand government-owned company or... Continue Reading →

Winter Cheer

Yesterday we made an afternoon trip to Invercargill and spent some time at Queens Park. Winter has arrived and it's been wet and cold for days on end - grey cloud, drizzle and rain. It felt wonderful to get out of the car for a walk in the park and find that even in winter... Continue Reading →

More Flora Models

A few more Brendel Models, viewed on our visit to the exhibition A Garden of Earthly Delights at the Hocken Library in Dunedin on 29 May 2019. It runs until 11 August. If you haven't seen my last post  Temple of Flora  there are more models there along with information about the models and their... Continue Reading →

Temple of Flora

In my original photo the word Digitalis is faintly visible on the base of this model foxglove, one of a collection of Brendel Models included in the Hocken Library exhibition A Garden of Earthly Delights which runs until 11 August 2019 in Dunedin, New Zealand. The models were acquired in the late 1880s and were... Continue Reading →

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