Dolphin Wind Vane, New Zealand

Explored a long gravel road to south coast Chrystall's Beach, found this on a cottage. Photo taken by Nigel 08 Dec 2019.

Weird Glow

Our town of Tapanui in West Otago, New Zealand was bathed in a weird glow this morning due to smoke drift from the bushfires in Australia. Now at 1.00pm the strange glow has vanished but it's still very smoky toward the Blue Mountains and when we go outside the smell of bushfire smoke is instantly... Continue Reading →

Australia Day

Here in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Strange light all around us, very surreal. This is what we woke up to this morning on the first day of the new year. Sharing a couple of photos that Nigel took this morning. I also took photos but haven't got them off my camera yet. Nigel dubbed... Continue Reading →

Southern Spirit

New Zealand flag proudly flying on the south coast of the South Island. Tiny remote settlement, just a few baches, at Chrystall's Beach.

Tuapeka Trees in Spring

Driving back from Lawrence via Tuapeka on Saturday we came across these lovely trees in the rural landscape. Nigel had stopped to take a photo of some willows so I asked him to take photos of these trees too - some kind of poplar trees. Taken 21 September. Clutha District, South Otago, New Zealand Text... Continue Reading →

South of Brighton (New Zealand)

This afternoon we drove home from Dunedin via the south coast, rejoining the main highway at Waihola. Along the stretch between Brighton and Taieri Mouth I found a little pull-over area where we could park and enjoy the view. The beach stretches out for a long distance broken occasionally by a rocky reef. The sand... Continue Reading →

Beauty from The Emerald Isle

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 →

Winter Warmth

Returning to Tapanui from Balclutha we encountered a pretty rural sunset scene as we drove through Conical Hill in the Pomahaka area. I asked Nigel to turn around because I'd spotted an irresistable view that included a stream and an old bailey bridge. We both hopped out in the drizzle to take photos and Nigel's... Continue Reading →

Let Sleeping Seals Lie

Let sleeping seals lie. Two shiny, furry blobs just right of centre are sleeping seals. Taken by Nigel 17 Feb from a dune above the beach near Waipapa Point lighthouse, Southland, New Zealand

Waipapa Point Lighthouse

This is my weather vane post but the lighthouse is interesting in its own right. Its an historic and working lighthouse, automated these days (since 1975). This is one of the last wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand and was first lit on January 01, 1884. Happily for the visitor its very easy to get... Continue Reading →

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