More Pokers

Line of red hot pokers (Kniphofia sp.) in Southland, New Zealand. 21 Feb 2021. Roadside verge by farm fence.

Two’s Company

And three's a crowd. A red damselfly pair who were 'company' appeared none-too-pleased when more males turned up. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand. 31 Jan 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge (various sizes). By The Pond They flared their wings and body if another male came near. Didn't get much peace either... Continue Reading →

Have A Heart

This lovely photo grabbed my attention on Twitter yesterday. I retweeted it and then thought I'd like to share it on my blog. The photographer (Norfolk, UK) was very kind and also sent me another version. Below is the original phone image I saw on Twitter followed by a more recent camera photo. Click on... Continue Reading →

Warm Breeze

"Whenever you feel a warm breeze brush against you, that's the kiss I blew to you." Bottlebrush flowers. Brightness, warmth and colour for any who need it. I took these photos 09 Dec 2020. Australia collection ~ Dunedin Botanic Garden ~ New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring... Continue Reading →

A Merry Christmas Bush Walk

Spur-of-the-moment this morning: I suggested to Nigel that we take a break and explore a bush track that's only a short drive from home. We'd been to the public domain before but had never explored the track. Black Gully, Blue Mountains, West Otago, New Zealand. We just did a small part of the track, it's... Continue Reading →

Erica cerinthoides

When in bloom, this plant from South Africa is a great favourite of mine. Dunedin Botanic Garden has a lovely South African garden and there's two different spots where I know to look for this species. Also known as fire heath. Rather a straggly plant but oh - those flowers! Nigel took the first photo,... Continue Reading →

Rich Red Azalea

Our favourite of all the beautiful azaleas (rhododendron sp.) at Dunedin Botanic Garden when we visited on 01 November 2020. Beautiful red-orange colour. Both of these photos were taken by Nigel. New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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 →

Live For The Day

These leaves put on a blazing, bright display before the inevitable fall, to lie around in the litter and eventually decay. To me they say ... Live for the day, brighten each moment, be brave! Don't worry too much about tomorrow, else you'll forfeit the joy of today. Photos taken by Nigel during our local... Continue Reading →

Anzac Day, Tapanui NZ

Anzac Day poppies brighten a property in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Taken 25 April 2020 by Liz. Marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

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