Hi Honey

Honeysuckle, Lonicera species. An old favourite, here trained over a garden gate. Millers Flat, Central Otago, New Zealand. 24 Dec 2021.

Berry Nice

Astelia berries. You've recently seen our photos of native astelias alongside ferns in the bush but the female plants' beautiful flowers become a bountiful crop of berries and they're beginning to ripen now. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. I saw these berries within an astelia at Dunsdale Reserve, Southland on 05 Jan.... Continue Reading →

Nature Details

When we take a nature walk there's so much to see although you have to keep your eyes peeled and look around with a sense of anticipation and expectation. Seek and ye shall find! Today's photos all taken by Nigel when we visited Dunsdale Reserve, Southland, New Zealand on 05 Jan 2022. Click on any... Continue Reading →

A Moment of both Peril and Promise

Jan 6th, Capitol. "That day, and our response to it, contain potential for both peril and promise." [final paragraph] “This is indeed a moment of both peril and promise. But if love is indeed the supreme law of God for life, as I believe it is, then God’s way of unselfish, sacrificial love for each... Continue Reading →

Pink Puzzle

There's a big grassy Domain at Dunsdale Reserve and we found this huge plant with pink flowers near where we parked the car. We were puzzled about what it is. I was just about to publish this, asking if any of you know if its Spiraea when Nigel found it to be Spiraea douglasii or... Continue Reading →

Button Fern

Cute fern native to New Zealand and deserving of its own post, Pellaea rotundifolia. [Hasty update: or is it Cranfillia fluviatilis, syn. Blechnum fluviatile?]. Beautiful to find this growing in the bush! We found it on our walk in Dunsdale Reserve on 05 January, 2022. Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. ~... Continue Reading →

Look into the Bush

When we visited Dunsdale Reserve yesterday there were many ferns and mosses along the way, edging the path, edging the stream, and growing as ground cover on the forest floor. Very pretty, even on a dull day. Hokonui Forest, Southland, New Zealand. ~ photos by me, except for the last lovely pic taken by Nigel... Continue Reading →

Back Country Visit

Drove 6km off Glencoe Highway through farmland and forest to Dunsdale Reserve. "A forestry road provides access to this attractive remnant of native forest, characterised by matai and kahikatea." We then walked part of the one hour return walking track into Hokonui Forest. ~05 Jan 2022. Southland, New Zealand This was an off-the-cuff exploration. I... Continue Reading →

Liriodendron

The tulip tree is gorgeous and commonly seen down here in the south of New Zealand. I assume these in my photos are the North American species L. tulipifera. The leaves are distinctively shaped and the flowers are very pretty but easily missed. The first three photos are of a particular tree at Monte Christo... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Garden

Found some wind vanes I didn't know about, right here in town! I was getting ready to take a shot from the street when the owner invited us in. I took a few photos while she and Nigel chatted, thinking my blog-friends might enjoy a peek into a local, colourful garden. Dec 26, 2021 ..... Continue Reading →

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