Apple Harvest

Returning from Roxburgh on 17 April, I asked Nigel to stop and park by an apple orchard at Ettrick so I could take photos. Actually I took a lot.. it was hard to know how to get decent photos from this nice but fairly ordinary scene. The workers had finished for the day so I... Continue Reading →

Glistening Green

I was stunned to see this photo appear in my twitter feed recently, a Glistening-Green Tanager in the rain photographed in Ecuador Cloud Forest. I don't recall seeing photos of this bird before and I was amazed by the vibrant green plumage ~and it looks so beautiful sitting on the mossy branch in the rain!... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Spring is nearly here

Had our first Covid vaccine shots in the early afternoon yesterday and later on I thought I'd take a walk, knowing I mightn't feel so good the next morning if side-effects kicked in. At the last minute I decided to carry my camera, not really expecting to use it, and headed in the direction of... Continue Reading →

Eastern Rosella

Introduced to New Zealand from Australia, these noisy bright intruders are fun to try and spot. Usually I can't see them or only get brief glimpses because they typically fly around high in the canopy. I grew up in the Far North and saw them regularly in that much warmer region. We rarely come across... Continue Reading →

Forest Path

Native silver beech forest near our home. Is that Little Red Riding Hood? Oh no, just Liz with red hat and folded down hood with a red liner. Off for a wander on 23 May. Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealan

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 →

Green and Gold

Mostly green and gold. Autumn photos taken 05 May in the late afternoon and near sunset, from a street on the outer edge of Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. ~ same tree taken again during the golden light phase close to sunset. The other side of the street, farmland... Continue Reading →

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