Floral Highlights

Floral highlights from my birthday today, spent in Central Otago, New Zealand. 31 October, and it's spring in NZ. The day was very bright but generally cloudy. The public garden in Alexandra looked splendid! Lots of bright wildflowers in the Cromwell Gorge including the vivid California poppies. Horse chestnuts are flowering now and lots of... Continue Reading →

Seen at Dusk

Springtime walk along the road at dusk tonight, East Roxburgh. Central Otago, New Zealand. Broom (a weed species) glowed gloriously gold in the late light. Pale blossom is hawthorn. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

Overhanging Kōwhai Blossom

Kōwhai flowerfall brightens a farm entrance near Ettrick. Roadside showstopper. Old seedpods also visible. Taken 16 Oct by Nigel. Central Otago, New Zealand. Click on photo to enlarge. Text by Liz; photo by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2021)

Roxburgh Cottage

Cute cottage we found on our 2nd-to-last visit to Roxburgh. On Saturday we had another look and the tamarisk tree was now in flower as well as the wisteria so I decided to take photos. Central Otago, New Zealand.

White Flowerfall

Waterfalls..why not flowerfalls? I spotted this lovely white dogwood (Cornus sp.) down a side-street in Roxburgh on Saturday. After a refreshment stop we found the tree and I tried to capture something of its magic. The white dogwoods are pure white, noticeably standing out from other white blossom. Roxburgh, Central Otago. New Zealand. Click on... Continue Reading →

Lovely Lilac

Driving through East Roxburgh yesterday I spotted lots of lovely lilac flowers.. a whole hedge! so I asked Nigel to turn around. We were both glad we went back, it was a lovely spot and nice standing near to the flowery hedge. Brightest time of day though, difficult to get nice shots. Central Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Lilac and Love

I found this gorgeous lilac bloom at the entry to a country cemetery today and felt love lingering at one of the memorials. This open and spacious cemetery is located at the very small settlement of Millers Flat, near Roxburgh, Central Otago. Some of the older graves date back to the late-1800s/early-1900s, and from what... Continue Reading →

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 →

Hot Cinnamon Sunset

This tea is new to us and immediately became a great favourite. We'd stopped at a cafe in Roxburgh on Nigel's birthday and he'd chosen to have this with refreshments. We both liked it so much I asked if they sold it and that's how we came to own this very attractive tin of tea.... Continue Reading →

Ettrick Autumn

We drove through Ettrick on 17 April, returning from Roxburgh. You may remember I shared rock photos recently from Rocky Roxburgh. Same day. Ettrick is a tiny settlement on our route, the last Central Otago town before we take the Moa Flat route home to Tapanui. The area is mostly orchards and farms. These are... Continue Reading →

Rocky Roxburgh

Today in the late afternoon we were in Roxburgh and stopped at a reserve to look at some trees, then decided to climb a nearby hillside to see what lay at the top. Rocks! Roxburgh is a bustling little town in the south of Central Otago, a district renowned for dry, rugged, rocky landscapes. New... Continue Reading →

A Show of Sprinklers

Today we had to go to Roxburgh and we returned via Millers Flat and Ettrick. On the road between these we came across a green field with a whole army of sprinklers putting on a great show! I'll add that this is an unusual watering method for a grassy field but it must've once been... Continue Reading →

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