The Art of Love

In need of spiritual and mental refreshment today I searched Bishop Jake's blog for "life is messy" knowing I'd get results to go with photos I'd already selected; the two photos below were taken at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand on 07 May 2022.

Five Years | Exploring Colour

Five years ago today, on 23 May, I started my blog with a brief and plain post, then launched out into the WP blogger-sphere to see what it's all about. I didn't have a clue! In this first session I happened to meet an Irish poet then working as pattern-maker in Paris, Damien B. Donnelly.... Continue Reading →

Red | Blue | Green

Roaming streets in the Central Otago town of Ranfurly on a beautiful autumn day was a pleasure and I had my camera ready to hand. I was filling in time while Nigel was busy out-of-town on a client site visit. There were plenty of interesting fruits and berries, and eye-catching colours. This is the same... Continue Reading →

Rosy Red Apples

Lovely red apples on a private property on the outer edge of town in Ranfurly, Central Otago. I enjoyed a wander around the town while Nigel was out in a rural area on a client visit. 13 March. New Zealand.

Golden Clematis

Golden clematis always stops me in my tracks. I found this not far from our motel in Ranfurly, Central Otago on 13 March, New Zealand. Early autumn. I think it must be Clematis tangutica, from central temperate Asia.

Magnificent Mahonia

This Mahonia looked glorious when we visited Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland on Wed 11 May. I don't remember noticing before that yellow flowers and blue berries appear in same bunches at the same time. I think individual flower stems must fall downward after pollination and then form berries ~just judging from what appeared to... Continue Reading →

Unreal and Real

Autumn in Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland. Brightness by the cafe; Some roses still bloom; Magnificent Mahonia; Anthurium in the Conservatory. Taken today, 11 May. New Zealand.

Lowcountry Dreaming ~2

At Dunedin Botanic Garden on 07 May we wandered around the pond where we found lovely irises in bloom, adding blue accents among the autumn colours presented by other flora. Again I was reminded of the many iris photo posts published by Ted & Ellen Jennings from the Lowcountry in South Carolina. Here's a 2018... Continue Reading →

Lowcountry Dreaming ~1

This and my next post are inspired by Ted & Ellen Jennings who live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I've learned so much about their local plants and wildlife by following their blogs - they're both photographers and each have their own blog. As soon as I saw these sunflowers at Dunedin Botanic Garden,... Continue Reading →

Autumn Delivery

This Australian tree has the cutest, scented yellow flowers and produces a very neat package of seeds for autumn (judging by this pod which is the first I've seen). Another plant for which I've previously posted flower photos, then revisited on 07 May to see what became of them. This particular tree is just small... Continue Reading →

Handkerchief Tree, Autumn

Dove Tree, Chinese Dove Tree, Ghost Tree. Davidia involucrata. I initially found this tree in Dunedin Botanic Garden in the spring of 2020, 24 October to be exact. But Nigel and I were unaware of the autumn form of this fascinating tree. Just a couple of days ago on 07 May we were back in... Continue Reading →

Monarch of Fire Mountain

Monarch butterfly on Dahlia 'Fire Mountain', photos taken yesterday at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I was fortunate to be standing there, nearly ready to photograph the dahlia flowers, when in flew the monarch butterfly!

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