BW02: Lonely Tree

Black and White (02). I'm proud to feature two outstanding photos taken in New Zealand, not too far away from where I live, by Australia-based photographer Lignum Draco. He ventured into the remote Nevis Valley of Central Otago in search of a solitary tree by a small pond with a mountain backdrop that he'd heard... Continue Reading →

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BW01: Blooms And Vines

Black and White (01). Introducing a new series where I'm challenging myself to post something black and white each day for a week. I'm usually appreciating colour in some way so I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to look for inspiration in black and white. Although I've been thinking of doing this... Continue Reading →

Fortrose: Part Two

The first photo below is close to where I left off on Fortrose: Part One; the view is toward the gap where the Toetoes Estuary opens to the sea at Toetoes Bay. The outgoing tide has drained further away from the shore at this end of the beach and there's a lot of driftwood and... Continue Reading →

Fortrose: Part One

Last Sunday I suggested to Nigel that we head down to Fortrose on the south coast, a 50-60 minute drive from Gore taking the country road through Wyndham, Glenham and Waimahaka. When we left Gore it was cold and foggy. To be honest we were glad to get out of the place. Stirling Tides cafe... Continue Reading →

Ready For Spring. Its been a cold, wet winter here in Gore, Southland, New Zealand. At long last we see the signs of spring and on Sunday 05 Aug I saw these beautiful crocuses emerging from dead leaves while visiting the public gardens in Invercargill.

Faded Fantasy

When wandering around Dunedin on 21 May 2018, I came across this rather faded looking mural on a wall facing the Scenic Circle Southern Cross Hotel carpark, just off High Street. It didn't make much sense to me and I found it a puzzling artwork. I did a search and found it was painted in... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part Two

Part Two of a two-part series on our winter visit to Maple Glen Gardens on Monday 30 July 2018. Maple Glen Gardens are an extensive 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside near Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand. Maple Glen has been created from scratch, literally from farm paddocks, by the Davison family - Muriel, Bob... Continue Reading →

Beauty Series: Hazelwood

On this glittering May morning the sunlight bounces off the sea loch in bright fractal patterns. In the foreground sedge and grasshopper warblers natter and reel in the rushy pasture while a cuckoo sounds off from the top of a nearby rowan. Between the two, about half a mile away, is rocky ridge covered in... Continue Reading →

Life Lessons

This colourful photo caught my eye recently and I thought how beautiful the buds and flowers are. The photo was taken by Natalie Scarberry (Texas, USA) and the plant is in her own garden. Natalie let me know a few hours ago that this is a Red Yucca.

What Do You Fill Your Mind With?

On July 23 I introduced you to Natalie Scarberry and her beautiful and colourful (colorful in US) blog  Sacred Touches. She shared with me that some of you have since followed her and that she's received some very nice comments about her and her blog. It gave me a lot of joy to hear that... Continue Reading →

Grace Mends Fragile Things

Before I started the Where and What is Beauty? series I ran the idea past Bishop Jake. I've been keen for Jake to contribute all along; he's been really busy and suggested a post for reblogging. I've been holding off until I felt the time was right and now's the time because Mending Fragile Things... Continue Reading →

An Important Question…

Some time ago I connected through some happy accident with Natalie Scarberry in Texas USA. Natalie loves colour and everything about her blog is colourful. There's lots of warm bright orange at her home page, and all of her posts feature colourful imagery accompanied by encouraging texts that are often brightly coloured as well! She... Continue Reading →

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