Bluffing

Here's a few photos Nigel took last weekend in Bluff, a little port town way down the south end of the South Island of New Zealand. The weather was really wintry and we spent most of the time hunkered down by the fire in our apartment. It was cold, rainy, and I heard hard hail... Continue Reading →

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Ropeable

ropeable [Adjective] 1. Able to be roped and so restrained. 2. (Australia, New Zealand) Angry to the point of needing to be restrained from violent action. -- Photos taken at Bluff (a port town) this afternoon. -- south coast of the South Island, near Invercargill. Southland, New Zealand We drove to Bluff and enjoyed lunch... Continue Reading →

Kelp in Surf at Bluff

Steve Schwartzman gave me a link to his stunning photo of kelp swirling in the surf at Bluff taken 24 February, 2017. Bluff is a port town right down the bottom of the South Island (not far from Invercargill). Southland, New Zealand Here's part of the description from Steve's blog-post: "The bull kelp (Durvillaea antarctica... Continue Reading →

Dolphins near the Smelter

I want to quickly share an article I've read a few minutes ago about a pod of dolphins in the vicinity of Tiwai Point aluminium smelter near Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. This article (01 Feb) from the The Southland Times has wonderful photos of dolphins in the vicinity of the smelter - I thought you... Continue Reading →

Stirling Point, Bluff

I'm complaining loud and clear that I hate the new colour scheme that WordPress has just imposed. I went to Settings as per their blog-post but no option to revert. When I click on "Like" it just goes a slightly darker blue instead of orange - its hard to see the difference. Feeling irritated and seeking some solace in the sea. New Zealand. Liz 13 Nov 2018

Bluff Wildflowers

Here are the beautiful flowers that we enjoyed on our visit to Stirling Point at Bluff on 13 Nov 2018. The tall spires are Pride of Madeira (Echium sp.) and the yellow flowers are yellow lupins. Photo 6 which includes a lot of flax also has South African flowers that we thought to be arctotis... Continue Reading →

Flax flower heads and leaves. View across the harbour entrance to Tiwai Point aluminium smelter from Stirling Point. Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 13 Nov 2018

Ship Arrival per Nigel

Here's a selection from Nigel's photos, showing the "Luchow" entering Bluff Harbour from the sea. This post follows on from  Port of Call  where I featured the Luchow coming into view near Stirling Point and approaching the first channel marker. Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 13 Nov 2018 (cropped for presentation - Liz)... Continue Reading →

Fishing boat leaving Bluff Harbour, taken from Stirling Point. Pride of Madeira flowers (Echium sp.) Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 13 Nov 2018

Port of Call

At Bluff, Nigel and I are sitting in the car eating fish and chips - parked on a street up the hill to get a good view of the port and harbour. We see two tugboats moving toward the wharf area - both going in the same direction but one going bow-first and the other... Continue Reading →

Finding the Light

When we were at Bluff on 13 Nov I wanted to take a look at the Stirling Point Lighthouse, one of the many navigation markers for ships. We parked where the tar-seal ends and then walked down the gravel no-exit lane to find the lighthouse. We've only seen it from a distance before. Southland, New... Continue Reading →

Bluff Tsunami Which Way

For much of the south coast, if you're near the sea then you're also in a Tsunami Hazard Zone. Freaky if you have the misfortune to experience an earthquake while you're there. When we were at Bluff on 13 Nov, specifically at Stirling Point, I saw this sign which I've never come across before. I... Continue Reading →

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