Stirling Point, Bluff

I'm complaining loud and clear that I hate the new colour scheme that WordPress has just imposed. I went to Settings as per their blog-post but no option to revert. When I click on "Like" it just goes a slightly darker blue instead of orange - its hard to see the difference. Feeling irritated and seeking some solace in the sea. New Zealand. Liz 13 Nov 2018

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Lake Dunstan, Central Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel recently

Waikaia Happiness

Happiness is... a trip to Waikaia. We enjoy a trip into the back country so much and the village of Waikaia in the middle of nowhere is a fantastic place to go. Nigel and I went there on 20 October. I've already shared some photos from that day's trip - we covered a lot of... Continue Reading →

Mataura in Flood at Gore

We walked down to the Mataura River from home yesterday morning to see what the water levels were like after virtually constant rain from Sunday through Tuesday. This is a selection from my photos. Gore, Southland, New Zealand For photos taken on a normal fine day see  Across the Bridge Town side of the river... Continue Reading →

Which Way Postie

This morning we took a walk from home down to the Mataura River to see the river in flood. We've had almost endless rain since Sunday night until we woke up this morning (Wednesday) to find it had stopped. We were walking across the bridge and had neared the other side when I glanced down... Continue Reading →

Bluff Wildflowers

Here are the beautiful flowers that we enjoyed on our visit to Stirling Point at Bluff on 13 Nov 2018. The tall spires are Pride of Madeira (Echium sp.) and the yellow flowers are yellow lupins. Photo 6 which includes a lot of flax also has South African flowers that we thought to be arctotis... Continue Reading →

Flax flower heads and leaves. View across the harbour entrance to Tiwai Point aluminium smelter from Stirling Point. Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 13 Nov 2018

Ship Arrival per Nigel

Here's a selection from Nigel's photos, showing the "Luchow" entering Bluff Harbour from the sea. This post follows on from  Port of Call  where I featured the Luchow coming into view near Stirling Point and approaching the first channel marker. Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 13 Nov 2018 (cropped for presentation - Liz)... Continue Reading →

Fishing boat leaving Bluff Harbour, taken from Stirling Point. Pride of Madeira flowers (Echium sp.) Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 13 Nov 2018

Port of Call

At Bluff, Nigel and I are sitting in the car eating fish and chips - parked on a street up the hill to get a good view of the port and harbour. We see two tugboats moving toward the wharf area - both going in the same direction but one going bow-first and the other... Continue Reading →

Finding the Light

When we were at Bluff on 13 Nov I wanted to take a look at the Stirling Point Lighthouse, one of the many navigation markers for ships. We parked where the tar-seal ends and then walked down the gravel no-exit lane to find the lighthouse. We've only seen it from a distance before. Southland, New... Continue Reading →

Bluff Tsunami Which Way

For much of the south coast, if you're near the sea then you're also in a Tsunami Hazard Zone. Freaky if you have the misfortune to experience an earthquake while you're there. When we were at Bluff on 13 Nov, specifically at Stirling Point, I saw this sign which I've never come across before. I... Continue Reading →

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