BW02: Lonely Tree

Black and White (02). I'm proud to feature two outstanding photos taken in New Zealand, not too far away from where I live, by Australia-based photographer Lignum Draco. He ventured into the remote Nevis Valley of Central Otago in search of a solitary tree by a small pond with a mountain backdrop that he'd heard... Continue Reading →

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Fortrose: Part Three

The beach at Fortrose was a wonderful place to be on Sunday 05 August when Nigel and I enjoyed our walk along the shore on a perfect day with sunshine and no wind. In this post we leave the old jetty posts behind and walk along the beach until we find a gravel road and... Continue Reading →

Fortrose: Part Two

The first photo below is close to where I left off on Fortrose: Part One; the view is toward the gap where the Toetoes Estuary opens to the sea at Toetoes Bay. The outgoing tide has drained further away from the shore at this end of the beach and there's a lot of driftwood and... Continue Reading →

Fortrose: Part One

Last Sunday I suggested to Nigel that we head down to Fortrose on the south coast, a 50-60 minute drive from Gore taking the country road through Wyndham, Glenham and Waimahaka. When we left Gore it was cold and foggy. To be honest we were glad to get out of the place. Stirling Tides cafe... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part Two

Part Two of a two-part series on our winter visit to Maple Glen Gardens on Monday 30 July 2018. Maple Glen Gardens are an extensive 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside near Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand. Maple Glen has been created from scratch, literally from farm paddocks, by the Davison family - Muriel, Bob... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part One

Maple Glen is a beautiful 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside of Southland, about a 30-minute drive from where we live in Gore. Its a huge, multi-featured garden that's open all year and personally developed and maintained by the owners. Muriel Davison created the garden from a bare paddock and at their website she's... Continue Reading →

Poetry of Place

In the first month of his landscape architecture degree at Lincoln University in 2000, Nigel was tasked with selecting a piece of New Zealand writing and using that as a basis for producing a mixed-media item using the Landscape School's latest scanner. He told me about all this yesterday after reading the Theme: Woven post... Continue Reading →

Whale Rider

On Monday when we were in Dunedin I asked Nigel to take me to the Otago Art Society Annual Exhibition. As always there was a wonderful variety of art on display but this was my favourite. This is a watercolour by Doug Hart simply called Whale Rider. ** Click on the photo to enlarge **... Continue Reading →

See The Sea

On Monday morning we tried a cafe that's new to us in Dunedin, the cafe by the hot salt water pool at St Clair. It was really lovely sitting right above the waves and watching the kelp swishing backwards and forwards with the tidal movement below, as we enjoyed our brunch. Here's a couple of... Continue Reading →

Ode to Snow Dragon

SNOW DRAGON -- Poem by Liz Cowburn; Exploring Colour Softly surging through the water Near me I would have you stay Onward going, never slowing Wondrous how you surf the waves! Dignified determination Raging torrents all around Anxious to pursue your journey Going, flowing, ocean-bound One brief glimpse through foamy spray Nature's gift, soon borne... Continue Reading →

Pete’s Dragon

Pete's Dragon as I've dubbed it, is in a photo recently posted on Pete Hillman's blog; the dragon appears in the moving water of a weir, in a canal in Staffordshire, UK. In his blog Pete discusses the different forms that he can see in the moving water and one of the things he can... Continue Reading →

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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