Winter Warmth

Returning to Tapanui from Balclutha we encountered a pretty rural sunset scene as we drove through Conical Hill in the Pomahaka area. I asked Nigel to turn around because I'd spotted an irresistable view that included a stream and an old bailey bridge. We both hopped out in the drizzle to take photos and Nigel's... Continue Reading →

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Group of shags (cormorants) and single gull on a rocky outcrop at Kaka Point in The Catlins, South Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 14 June 2019

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 →

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 →

Fossil Lake, Foulden Maar

Beautiful drawing of Foulden Maar fossil lake deposit. "This reconstruction of the 23-million-year-old fossil lake deposit Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand, was commissioned by palaeontologist Dr Daphne Lee and drawn by artist/ecologist Dr Paula Peeters. The preservation of the site is so good that individual flowers, leaves, and insects can be identified. The drawing... Continue Reading →

Footprints of a Moa

Moa footprints, Kye Burn River, Central Otago, NZ. See my post Moa Footprints Discovery for info. Image credit: Kane Fleury, Otago Museum Collection. © Otago Museum

Wonders of Water

This post celebrates WATER through photos I've selected from various WP blogs, reminding me what a precious resource water is. We need to keep ahead of what's happening in our local environment and be alert to any threats to the purity of our natural water systems. All photos used with permission With most photos I... Continue Reading →

Waipapa Point, Ways(2)

Wild and free but beware the hazardous sea at Waipapa Point. More sea, more paths plus photos of severely windshorn trees, victims of gale salt-laden winds. The photos are taken by me 17 Feb 2019 except for the two close-up tree photos taken by Nigel during our 2014 visit. Continues:  Waipapa Point, Ways For:  Which... Continue Reading →

Waipapa Point, Ways

This is one of the last wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand, first lit on January 01, 1884. It still does its job but the light has been automated since 1975. For photos of the lighthouse itself see my recent post  Waipapa Point Lighthouse. As mentioned in that post you can walk to the lighthouse... Continue Reading →

Let Sleeping Seals Lie

Let sleeping seals lie. Two shiny, furry blobs just right of centre are sleeping seals. Taken by Nigel 17 Feb from a dune above the beach near Waipapa Point lighthouse, Southland, New Zealand

Sunday In Southland

Today in the late afternoon we took off to the Southland coast for a break, just for a few hours. We stopped briefly in Fortrose and then drove on to our destination of Waipapa Point. There was a strong gusty wind at the coast making photography really difficult, rare lulls were only milliseconds in duration.... Continue Reading →

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