White Duck Tale

I was walking a garden path toward the main pond at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 28 April when I spotted this white duck with its ordinary duck companions. I hung around getting a series of photos, it was such a pretty and interesting bird. So this is a little story of the white duck, although... Continue Reading →

Tuatara Ambassador

I was overjoyed on Monday to receive an email from grandmother Ellen (aka Gem) in the USA who told me all about how her young grandson Benjamin is still a "Tuatara Ambassador". He first learned of them from my 2018 blog-post when he was only four and in the post-comments at the time, Ellen told... Continue Reading →

Fun Front Fence

When we were over on the East Coast last week we spied this eye-catching front fence decorated with critters, and flowers. Adorable! South Island, New Zealand.

I Will Crow

Stanleys Hotel “Since 1882”, Macraes. Waitaki, New Zealand.Motto: While I Live I Crow. ~ a few more pics from our visit, continuing Stanleys Hotel. Click on any photo to enlarge. The rooster on the mantelpiece. Those tusks! Nigel got this pic of the trailer a couple days prior to our visit. Text by Liz, photos... Continue Reading →

Stanleys Hotel

Cosy coffee stop on our homeward journey yesterday from Palmerston, East Otago. Stanleys Hotel, Macraes. New Zealand. "Since 1882". The warmth of the fire much appreciated on what was a grey, cold, rainy day. This is a remote old gold mining area, now a major modern gold mining area. Thanks to Nigel for taking these... Continue Reading →

Fantabulous Fantail

A chirpy chatterer accompanied us for much of our walk today. Fantails tend to hang around when you're walking, hoping to grab insects from the disturbed leaf litter. I was keen to get shots of the tail fanned-out wide because some of you were interested in this and I didn't get such a shot for... Continue Reading →

Friendly Fantail

In the late afternoon we drove to Black Gully Reserve near Tapanui and did a short bush walk. While we paused on the track, a fantail came to visit and flitted about us (as fantails do), chirruping to us all the while. They flit constantly from side-to-side so my shots are far from ideal but... Continue Reading →

Irises and Goldfish

I spent quite some time on 28 April wandering the Dunedin Botanic Garden while Nigel was busy with his work. The day was grey and bright and tricky for photography. Here's a few pics I took when I checked out the pond garden and found irises in flower and bright goldfish hiding under water lily... Continue Reading →

Anemones

Thinking about anemones, which to me back in the day, were always the funny little things that you find in rock pools at the beach. These strange oddities have a ring of tentacles and if you feed them, as we used to do, with a morsel extracted from a 'cats eye' rock snail, the tentacles... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Living

These are from the big local photo-walk I did on 29 March. Poultry, cattle, magpies and a sweet pet dog that was out with his owner who was riding along the footpath on a mobility scooter. Bob and Buddy they were. Buddy's tail was wagging furiously although that's not apparent in the pic! Tapanui, West... Continue Reading →

Autumn Rural

Driving home on 17 April, nearly there and just on sunset. I asked Nigel to pull over because I've been wanting to get a few photos of this large field of round bales - they're either hay or straw. Behind them (which is east) are the locally iconic Blue Mountains located right behind our town... Continue Reading →

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