Tuapeka Mouth Ferry (The Punt)

Some 25 punts used to operate on the Clutha River but now just this one, since 1896. It wasn't running today as the river is too low.

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Magic in an Aviary

The aviary is part of Queens Park, Invercargill (Southland, New Zealand) but you feel like it's in a little world of its own. To enter you cross a bridge over water, creating distance from the rest of the gardens.. and inside there's magic if you want to find it. All photos by Nigel except the... Continue Reading →

Weeping Willow, Cheery Cherry

I'd thought for a while that it'd be neat to do a Sunday post of weeping willows, recalling Psalm 137:1 "By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion." Also, I can't look at weeping willows without thinking of the song "By the Rivers of Babylon" (Boney M). Can't be weepy... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Gardens, Early Spring

Oamaru Public Gardens, East Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken 05 September 2019 (the last photos from our visit to Oamaru). Early spring bulbs flowering by a woodland path. Nigel walking along the path. Bulbs were flowering all along the path. We walked as far as this blaze of yellow daffodils. Taken by Nigel. Click on... Continue Reading →

South of Brighton (New Zealand)

This afternoon we drove home from Dunedin via the south coast, rejoining the main highway at Waihola. Along the stretch between Brighton and Taieri Mouth I found a little pull-over area where we could park and enjoy the view. The beach stretches out for a long distance broken occasionally by a rocky reef. The sand... Continue Reading →

River Medusa

River Medusa is a response to the Gore area -- Maruawai, Valley of Water. It pays tribute to the sustaining presence of the Mataura River and the many small streams that feed it. The work was conceived at a time when New Zealand was in the grips of an electricity crisis owing to the low... Continue Reading →

Not Mine

This light, this life   -- 'cascade' poem by Jane Dougherty. Blog:   Jane Dougherty Writes Mixed media art by Jodi McKinney. Nature photos by Nigel and Liz. The words are from the original post at:  This light, this life This light, this life --  poem by Jane Dougherty This light that shines is not... Continue Reading →

Beauty from The Emerald Isle

Stunning photos from Ireland, taken by Damien who's recently returned from a visit to his homeland. "The fog over Connemara and the fjords lingers all year around I think which adds to the sensation of 40 weathers in one day (a little rain, a little sun, a little sleet and a little shade) which also... Continue Reading →

Fiordland, New Zealand

I recently found Samuel Bloch on Twitter - he's been travelling in New Zealand and taking awesome photos. Samuel describes himself as a French birder and photographer. He has a WP blog  Eiwawar  which I follow. Today he published a particularly fine post with photos of scenery and birdlife that he encountered while travelling the... Continue Reading →

Connections

"I remember the morning this poem began and it was in Stockholm in the middle of a heavy fog as I traced a narrow path around one of the city’s many islands and at one point I came to a small deserted boardwalk and walked out into the morning, across the wood, over the water,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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

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