En route to Alexandra

Iconic Hawkdun Range in the far distance as we approach Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. Winter in NZ. Spectacular! Taken by Nigel Sat 11 July 2020.

Light in the Darkness

I liked this light and the texture of the wall, in a cafe in Central Otago that we visited not long before lockdown started in New Zealand. Photo taken by me 22 March 2020. By the way, I've just changed to the new WP editor so am unsure how this post will look compared to... Continue Reading →

Places and Plants

The latest Lens-Artists Challenge is Pastimes and I thought I might take part. Thinking about pastimes I thought 'places and plants' because when we're not doing necessary things, we love to visit places and/or look at plants. I looked through Nigel's archives and soon had too many photos to do a nice neat post for... Continue Reading →

The Rocking Horse

Alternative title:  The Baby in Red. Haiku poem about me as a 4 yr-old with my long black hair (I could sit on it when I was 4), wearing my beautiful rose-red dress (my 'good' dress), and having a ride on my rocking horse. The first stirrings of independence! The poem was inspired by this... Continue Reading →

Distance

Distant view brought closer using the zoom lens. Central Otago on a bright afternoon, New Zealand. Taken 22 March 2020 (autumn in NZ). Near Ophir.

London planetrees

In my last post Ap-peeling Bark, Robert Parker mentioned "... it just reminded me of peeling the loose bark, from the London planetrees in front of my grandparents’ house." I love getting personal anecdotes in comment-responses so I thought I'd go with the flow and post some London planetree images from Alexandra in Central Otago,... Continue Reading →

Time Distance and Love

When love is all no shadows fall - the sunshine stays. -- inscribed on the sundial below. Click on the photo to enlarge. The other side has this inscription ... Love gilds the hours unfolds the flowers of passing days. Click on the photo to enlarge. The sundial is in the main public garden in... Continue Reading →

Shoo Fly

I'm keen to announce my excitement that New Zealand had ZERO new cases of Covid-19 today ... yay!!! Obviously we're not out of the woods yet but it's a wonderful thing to have reached this point. Not having a relevant photo to accompany such good news, I thought I'd use a rather pretty fly on... Continue Reading →

Stay Safe, Be Kind

Americans, I don't understand you. If your country or state asks you to stay home for the good of yourself and your fellow Americans, what's the problem? While your doctors and nurses battle it out on the front lines, is it too much to ask you to stay home? Given you've recorded over 700,000 Covid-19... Continue Reading →

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