Island Visit

As we explored the beach on Christmas morning, we wandered further and further along the sand until we came to a solid little island with the tide partially reaching around it when waves came in. These are the last of the beach photos from Christmas morning. South coast beach near Brighton, Dunedin, New Zealand. Click... Continue Reading →

White Gold

This south coast beach just south of Brighton near Dunedin / New Zealand gets golden sand sprinkled in patches, randomly over the mostly white sand. It's a very pretty effect. When we visited on Christmas morning there was way less gold sand than when we'd visited a few weeks before but I found a nice... Continue Reading →

Beach Christmas

Christmas Day morning we got up fairly early and headed out to a south coast beach - south of Brighton near Dunedin, New Zealand. It was a beautiful morning to be at the beach, and we were there before many others had arrived (they were arriving as we left). Native plants and exotic grasses at... Continue Reading →

Festive in Dunedin

Christmas Day in Dunedin offered a fine morning and then the weather deteriorated in the afternoon. Fortunately we headed out to the beach early and got to visit the Botanic Gardens before wet weather came in. Last night we attended a beautiful Christmas Eve service at Knox Church with lots of candles and music and... Continue Reading →

Merry NZ Christmas

These photos of New Zealand flora were all taken by me at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 Dec 2020, in the native plant collection. This is my Christmas blog-post, like a Christmas card. Thank you for visiting and to those who've been with me for longer - I value your return visits. To the regulars... Continue Reading →

Christmas In The Park

Not long after midday we popped into Gore Gardens to look at flowers and found it's the day for the Santa Parade which finished at the gardens so it was unexpectedly busy! We found some lovely flowers and I also enjoyed the happy hubbub of many families coming together to enjoy Christmas fun with the... Continue Reading →

Christmas Day

We found this lovely nativity scene Christmas Day 2019 when we made a visit to St Patrick's Basilica in South Dunedin, New Zealand (Catholic). Beautiful church both inside and out. Redeveloped in the 2000s, officially re-opened 19 June 2016. Click on ANY photo below to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Merry Stachys, Bumble Bees

The bumble bees were loving the Stachys byzantina (lamb's ears) when we wandered close for a look on Christmas Day 2019. The attention was too much for some but others stayed for the photo op. Mediterranean Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. First two photos taken by Liz, last photo by Nigel. Click on photo... Continue Reading →

Reindeer Reign

Reindeer have apparently commandeered this old wagon at Evans Flat near Lawrence, Clutha District. Taken by Liz 28 Dec 2019.

Silent Night, Holy Night

We'd driven over to another part of town late on Christmas Day to photograph a sign that we'd wanted to see lit up at night. Driving back to the motel we spotted colourful lights outside a church and stopped to take a closer look. That's me looking at the nativity scene. It was peaceful and... Continue Reading →

Red Bottlebrush Flowers

These beautiful red bottlebrush flowers are at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. Taken by Liz on Christmas Day 2019. Callistemon species, Australian garden.

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