On Track

Reporting on our Covid elimination effort, as well as sharing walking track photos from Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Today was our big chance, for people outside of Auckland/Coromandel, to perhaps have our alert level reduced with the big announcement by our PM Jacinda Ardern scheduled for 3pm. I thought there might... Continue Reading →

Green Seen

Took these photos at our local Black Gully Reserve on 23 May 2021, green things were looking very pretty that day. The last photo is of rocks in the path that I took a fancy to .. because I think they look like butterfly wings! Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. FYI, we don't escape American... Continue Reading →

Only Takes One

In New Zealand it only takes ONE case of Covid-19 in the community (as opposed to a quarantine facility) to send us all straight into Level 4 Lockdown. All cases bar one that've turned up in quarantine since June have been the Delta variant so today's Covid case is being treated as though it's Delta.... 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 →

Breath of Autumn

Back in autumn on the 29 March, I set off on a solo walk from our cottage, through local streets and out to the eastern edge of town where the Colchicum field is. It was a glorious morning and the natural world seemed infused with a special quality that compelled me to take photos. At... 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 →

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 →

Cinnamon Mushrooms

I was surprised and delighted to come across these beautiful cinnamon-coloured mushrooms growing in rough grass at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 29 April 2021 (autumn in New Zealand). I didn't see any others like them.

Autumn Love

Autumn nature photos from a local walk I did on 29 March, all taken in the vicinity of the Colchicum (autumn crocus) field, on the edge of town near the plant nursery. The dahlias are on the 'road' side of the fence that contains the Colchicum field. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any... Continue Reading →

Traffic Lights

This bright autumn foliage looked dazzling against the gorgeous blue sky ~further along our street on 06 May and the last photos from my walk that day. My title's derived from the first photo which made me think of traffic lights, the way the colours graduate from red, to amber, and then a little more... Continue Reading →

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