We had a really enjoyable day in Central Otago for my birthday on 31 October 2021 (spring). These are a few of the photos we took, in various locations. New Zealand.
Honeysuckle, Lonicera species. An old favourite, here trained over a garden gate. Millers Flat, Central Otago, New Zealand. 24 Dec 2021.
When we take a nature walk there's so much to see although you have to keep your eyes peeled and look around with a sense of anticipation and expectation. Seek and ye shall find! Today's photos all taken by Nigel when we visited Dunsdale Reserve, Southland, New Zealand on 05 Jan 2022. Click on any... Continue Reading →
For my birthday we rented a cottage at East Roxburgh for two nights. A spacious property with an old apricot orchard at the top of the drive and further down, the cottage set within a lawn and garden setting. The owner's home is across the lawn, and also a separate stand-alone building with deck for... Continue Reading →
When we visited Dunedin Botanic Garden in May and again in June, the orange fruits on our native passionfruit vine were beautifully displayed at the front of the propagation facility. All of my photos were taken 12 June. The second photo, taken by Nigel, may have been taken in May. Dunedin, New Zealand. Click on... Continue Reading →
The native collection in the Dunedin Botanic Garden is simply outstanding. We regularly visit in order to enjoy the beauty and learn about the various species. They have an amazing variety of native plants, including many that we don't normally see because they don't naturally occur in the south. New Zealand. Click on any photo... Continue Reading →
Yesterday on our local walk Nigel had stopped to photograph this group of mostly-natives and I thought I'd take some photos too, while I waited. His primary purpose was to get photos of the robust climber and I was interested in the overall scene. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →
Particularly nasty and tenacious native vine that literally hangs around in our bush waiting to catch hold of the unwary walker. Rubus species (blackberry relative). The first four photos are from a walk we did in Black Gully Reserve near Tapanui on Sunday afternoon (23 May). West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →
Snail Vine! Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I took these in the Tropical House of the Winter Garden Glasshouse on 26 December 2020.
Parsonsia (native/endemic), not same family as jasmine! Dunedin Botanic Garden, taken 25 Oct 2020. New Zealand.
Behind the Spanish Moss in the bottom photo of yesterday's post was a climbing plant growing as a tangle of sturdy stems around a white pillar. I was pretty interested in them and took a couple of photos, then found a label nearby and realised it's the stems of a plant that has amazing flowers... Continue Reading →