Autumn Rosehip

The birds they sangAt the break of dayStart againI heard them sayDon't dwell on what has passed awayOr what is yet to be ... ~Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem', first verse I felt like sharing this verse and a rose hip I photographed at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 19 May, New Zealand. For anyone who's interested our... Continue Reading →

Peace Lily

This beautiful flower attracted my attention in the sub-tropical area of the Winter Garden Glasshouse at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 10 April. Until this morning I didn't know what it is but after seeing a helpful comment on another blogpost featuring the same flower, I now know the name. Then I found an online page... Continue Reading →

Dire Warning

The botanic photo was taken at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 20 May as I was walking along a grassy path and suddenly noticed a sunlit palm frond that I thought very dramatic and eminently worthy of being photographed! It also suits today's post because I was looking through my photos for something sharpish, possibly with... Continue Reading →

Spring is nearly here

Had our first Covid vaccine shots in the early afternoon yesterday and later on I thought I'd take a walk, knowing I mightn't feel so good the next morning if side-effects kicked in. At the last minute I decided to carry my camera, not really expecting to use it, and headed in the direction of... Continue Reading →

Had the Jab

Feeling very happy that yesterday we had the first Pfizer vaccine jab. As soon as I noticed on social media last week that 55+ yrs can now get the jab I booked us both in at our local clinic. The whole process was really easy and efficient - online booking was simple and going to... Continue Reading →

Autumn Miscellany

Ten photos taken in Otago/Southland in autumn, with one exception taken in early winter. All pictures I thought I mightn't use if I didn't collect them into a single post and get them online - hope you don't mind some variety! New Zealand. Yellow leaf that I liked the look of. In the tropical part... Continue Reading →

Lichen liking local lions

Out on the edge of town, two lions are loyal guardians of the owner's driveway, the same property that has a Colchicum field that I've featured in previous posts. I took these photos when I went for a local wander on 29 March, a lovely autumn day when I took way more photos than I'd... Continue Reading →

Fixated

A lion rests either side of a short ramp leading to the Dunedin Botanic Garden winter garden glasshouse. One lion slumbers while the other regards visitors with fixed stare. I photographed them on 12 May 2021. Unusually for me I tried b&w and sepia, concluding I didn't like b&w but I did like the sepia.... Continue Reading →

Our Native Gunnera

The Dunedin Botanic Garden has a few patches of native Gunnera; this is a groundcover plant and couldn't be more different from the exotic species ~huge plants with enormous stems and leaves! Our native Gunnera prorepens has beautiful spikes of red berries in autumn, I took these photos on 29 April 2021. New Zealand. More... Continue Reading →

Eastern Rosella

Introduced to New Zealand from Australia, these noisy bright intruders are fun to try and spot. Usually I can't see them or only get brief glimpses because they typically fly around high in the canopy. I grew up in the Far North and saw them regularly in that much warmer region. We rarely come across... Continue Reading →

Applause for Paws

There's a variety of kangaroo paw plants grown in the Australia plant collection at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Some fairly large beds are in close proximity to the bird aviaries and put on a great show when in flower. I took these photos on 29 April 2021, same visit as the plant and bird... Continue Reading →

Evergreen

The bird aviaries and the Australia plant collection share the same general area at Dunedin Botanic Garden, they're always fun to visit. Among the bird mix are various Australian cockatoos, and macaws; the noise can be pretty raucous! Dunedin, New Zealand. Visited 29 A

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