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 →

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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 →

Natural History

"These twelve vibrantly coloured posters are from a set of 86 acquired for use as instructional and visual aids by William Blaxland Benham, Professor of Biology at the University of Otago from 1898 ... they were produced from 1894 onwards, by Fromann & Morian, a printing house in Darmstadt, Germany that existed from 1850 -... Continue Reading →

Botanical Charts

These hand-painted botanical teaching charts were produced for the Imperial College of Japan. Imperial Universities were founded by the Empire of Japan between 1886 and 1939, and were Japan's most prestigious institutions during Imperial rule. From:  A Garden of Earthly Delights (exhibition) At:        Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand The exhibition runs until August 11, 2019... Continue Reading →

Swirling Water

Driving to Millers Flat we noticed how high the Clutha River was. After leaving Faigan's Cafe we decided to drive to Roxburgh and have a look at the hydro dam. At the base of the dam the air was chilly and there was a constant roar from the rushing water. Here's two photos of Roxburgh... Continue Reading →

Bright and Colourful

Opening the doors into "A Garden of Earthly Delights" was a bright and colourful experience. It's an exciting display space to enter and a joy to explore. Here's an introduction to the exhibition (which ends on 11 August 2019). nb: this post continues on from my previous post  A Garden of Earthly Delights Hocken Library,... Continue Reading →

A Garden of Earthly Delights

This fascinating exhibition currently on display at the Hocken Library in Dunedin is well worth a visit. We went on 29 May 2019 and were both glad we'd made the time to take a look. Items on display are drawn from many different University of Otago collections and the exhibition was curated by Robyn Notman... Continue Reading →

Kelp in Surf at Bluff

Steve Schwartzman gave me a link to his stunning photo of kelp swirling in the surf at Bluff taken 24 February, 2017. Bluff is a port town right down the bottom of the South Island (not far from Invercargill). Southland, New Zealand Here's part of the description from Steve's blog-post: "The bull kelp (Durvillaea antarctica... Continue Reading →

Fighting For The Fossils

Whoomph.. the volcano blew its top and left a crater. The big hole, shaped like an ice-cream cone, then filled with water. There was nothing to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the lake (described as "anoxic" i.e. no oxygen). Around the lake an evergreen rainforest, a "vine forest", supported all sorts of plant... Continue Reading →

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