Cherry blossom walk. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. Nigel Cowburn, 06 October 2019.
When the bishop showed horror at the friars' hard life, Francis said, "If we had any possessions we should need weapons and laws to defend them." -- from a summary about the life of St Francis To me the gentle attitude shown by St Francis seemed a perfect fit with the gentle beauty of these... Continue Reading →
Very keen to show you this beautiful rhododendron that we photographed at our wonderful local plant nursery in Tapanui when we visited on Saturday 19 October. The colour of the blooms is sensational! Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Rhodo Seaview Sunset Available at Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui. From the sign it appears... Continue Reading →
Cherry blossom, daffodils and bluebells at Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel, 13 October 2019.
The magnolia trees in Queens Park are wonderfully messy, exuberant trees in spring. The writhing branches are covered in bountiful blossom and soon large petals are scattered over the lawn. It's heavenly to wander among them, like being in fairyland. Some blossoms are scented.. this place is more like paradise! Magnolia Blossom in Queens Park... Continue Reading →
For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63 Leya has challenged participants with "What is Magical to you?". She recalled reading The Secret Garden* as a young woman and how "over the years it has occupied an enchanted and magical place in my heart". *The Secret Garden is a classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I found... Continue Reading →
There's something in the experience of stillness, simplicity and silence that's a blessed balm in the busyness of business as usual. Contemplate for a moment the silence and beauty of this simple space. The play of light and shadow on the textured floor.
Here in New Zealand as I write it's 31 August, around 8.20pm - so for us this is the last day of winter and tomorrow 01 September, is our first 'official' day of spring. Fortunately it's been an outstandingly fine day in Tapanui. Earlier today I glanced out the laundry window and saw a bright... Continue Reading →
Stunning photos from Ireland, taken by Damien who's recently returned from a visit to his homeland. "The fog over Connemara and the fjords lingers all year around I think which adds to the sensation of 40 weathers in one day (a little rain, a little sun, a little sleet and a little shade) which also... Continue Reading →
I can't help but be fascinated by the colour blue. Since childhood I've liked blue in its various forms especially turquoise, cobalt blue and navy blue. I'm intrigued how blue can be perceived as negative or sad (feeling blue) yet many people profess that blue is their favourite colour and genuinely like it. When I... Continue Reading →
The bad bout of flu threw me off balance. It got me thinking about a depressed state of mind and the help that's available. The world around us has lots to offer. So do the people around us. It's pretty typical though to suffer flu in the winter and the world can seem a very... Continue Reading →