Murder and Mayhem

Most of us don't know the half of what's going on in our gardens. In her latest blogpost Ann Mackay ends a paragraph with "Just shows how much murder and mayhem is going on among the beasties that live in our gardens!" and this is true. Murder and mayhem may also originate from plants and... Continue Reading →

Autumn Easter

I put this on twitter today to remind northerners that in the southern hemisphere Easter is in autumn! Taken at Maple Glen Garden on Easter Sunday, 04 April. Southland, New Zealand.

Spidery Highs and Lows

These photos of a cute spider, spider webs / cobwebs / nursery .. were all taken on a local morning walk from home on 29 March 2021. The first two photos are of the same spider which had its web quite high in a monkey puzzle tree. The third photo was a spider nursery nestled... 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 →

Lost Freedoms

These photos hark back to 03 April 2020 when New Zealand residents had recently been required to abide by Level 4 Lockdown restrictions for Covid-19 (Level 4 had been in force since 25 March 2020). Entry for 25 March 2020 at the History of the COVID-19 Alert System page: At 11:59pm, New Zealand moves to... Continue Reading →

All The Tired Trees

And a trig point. No mistaking which direction the prevailing wind comes from when you visit the ocean-facing clifftop at Fortrose, Southland, New Zealand. South coast of the South Island. After initially investigating the clifftop edge area we noticed the severely wind-beaten trees and wandered over to investigate. Fortunately for us there was nothing more... Continue Reading →

Remnant Forest

Remnant native forest near the south coast. Waituna, Southland, New Zealand. Tiny island of trees in a vast expanse of dairy farms ~by Liz 21 Feb 2021.

Estuary Oystercatchers

When we were at Fortrose on 21 February 2021 the tide was low and oystercatchers were busy feeding on the exposed flats and in the shallows. The Catlins, Southland, New Zealand.

Factory In The Fields

My remaining photos from when we followed the Pomahaka River to Clydevale, where the Pomahaka flows out into the Clutha River. Nearby and closer to Clydevale, when you look across to the other side of the Clutha River you see this dairy factory. It was bought some time ago by the Paris-based company Danone Nutricia.... Continue Reading →

Downriver

The main river that's near to us is the Pomahaka River and recently I realised I wasn't too familiar with its course so one afternoon I suggested we drive downriver from our nearest contact point with the Pomahaka. West Otago and Clydevale, Clutha District, New Zealand. I took these photos 19 Feb 2021. Click on... Continue Reading →

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