Here’s The Catch: Predator and Prey

The reality of the natural world is that some creatures eat other creatures to survive. Nature photographers spend a lot of time outside and sometimes capture dramatic moments in the struggle for survival. Their photos and stories may shock us but we can learn so much from these encounters - animals seem capable of much... Continue Reading →

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Five Eyes: Zoomology

Tom and Emma work as Freelance Ecologists spending the southern hemisphere's summer in New Zealand (Emma's home country) and the northern hemisphere's summer in England (Tom's home country). Their blog is choc-full of wonderful wildlife photography and very interesting and informative articles. Its a great opportunity for me to present some New Zealand wildlife so... Continue Reading →

Lessons of Nature by Tanja Britton

A new addition to the Where and What is Beauty? series. At the end of May I read this wonderful post by Tanja that she'd posted earlier in May. She kindly agreed to my request to reblog it in its entirety, as part of my series. Blog Home:  Tanja Britton   Lives and writes at the... Continue Reading →

Australia – True Colours

I love New Zealand and this is where my heart is, but you just can't beat the colourful landscapes of Australia (not to mention the huge variety of colourful birds). I'm totally in LOVE with the colours of Australia! Some time ago I found an amazing blog by a couple of Australian adventurers and I... Continue Reading →

Pretty Damn Cold!

Alexandra remained foggy and cold on Sat 02 June. We stopped to take photos at Butchers Dam where the scenery was splendid but we didn't want to hang around for too long as it was very cold. We were parked by Lye Bow Road, a gravel road which is just off the main highway. The... Continue Reading →

Shades of Blue

Have I got some blues for you! These photos are guaranteed to lift your spirits and chase away "the blues". Many thanks to the photographers who've allowed me to use their images. Blue sofa in the forest. I asked Simone to tell me about this surprising scene and her response is below the photo. Thanks... Continue Reading →

Filling in Time, Shaky Bridge

As strange as it may seem, time and a shaky bridge came together in a recent visit to Alexandra in Central Otago. Nigel was attending one day of a National Irrigation Conference. I kept him company for the trip but had the day to myself. The shaky bridge is a short walk out of the... Continue Reading →

Restful In Riverton

Riverton is a picturesque little town on the south coast of the South Island and is only about 10km away from Thornbury where we attended the National Ploughing Championships on Saturday 14 April. We headed to Riverton for rest and refreshments after leaving the ploughing champs. Riverton sits between a huge estuary and Foveaux Strait,... Continue Reading →

Gold on the Shotover, Queenstown

Although autumn colours are only just starting, I did find gold on the Shotover in some poplar trees by the Old Shotover Bridge. Gold against green actually, very pretty! These two photos are taken with The Remarkables in the background View immediately upstream of the Old Shotover Bridge. Following the path to the left would... Continue Reading →

Shotover Showtime, Queenstown

The Old Shotover Bridge, Lower Shotover, Queenstown. With anticipation I climbed up to the level of the bridge deck. The scenery is lovely and autumn colours were already underway. I walked a short way along the bridge and took the first photo below, looking toward the Queenstown side. Later I took the second photo -... Continue Reading →

Shotover River Bridge(s), Queenstown

In my last post I looked at the modern Shotover Bridge that's used by traffic travelling between Central Otago and Queenstown, and has been since 1975. Then I walked upstream to find the old Shotover Bridge which has been restored and is now used by pedestrians and cyclists. I was looking forward to seeing it... Continue Reading →

Scenic Shotover River, Queenstown

Good Friday found us heading to Queenstown as Nigel in his work as Landscape Architect had an appointment there. I spent time wandering around re-acquainting myself with the Lower Shotover River area, famed for its scenic beauty especially in autumn. The colours are only just starting. I found myself under the modern Shotover River bridge,... Continue Reading →

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