Here’s The Catch: Predator and Prey

The reality of the natural world is that some creatures eat other creatures to survive. Nature photographers spend a lot of time outside and sometimes capture dramatic moments in the struggle for survival. Their photos and stories may shock us but we can learn so much from these encounters - animals seem capable of much... Continue Reading →

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Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about my husband Nigel’s work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan – if you're interested you can read it by clicking on the link below which will open up a PDF of the article. Nigel – happy making plans for spaces | by Richard Loader businesssouth... Continue Reading →

Bright is Beautiful

Yesterday morning I came across a colourful blog-post by Sayanti Dasgupta that features the photo below, and I was blown away by it. Sayanti was very helpful answering my questions and I found out that this Gond mural is next to the entrance of the first floor of her house. I also learned from Sayanti... Continue Reading →

Rock Solid

Nearly missed taking a photo of this big boulder. I'd just got comfy in the car after being out in the cold, looked out the window, and realized I'd forgotten to photo this rock when I was outside. So back outside I went ... Butchers Gully, Butchers Dam, Lye Bow Road, Alexandra; Central Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Five Eyes: Zoomology

Tom and Emma work as Freelance Ecologists spending the southern hemisphere's summer in New Zealand (Emma's home country) and the northern hemisphere's summer in England (Tom's home country). Their blog is choc-full of wonderful wildlife photography and very interesting and informative articles. Its a great opportunity for me to present some New Zealand wildlife so... Continue Reading →

Winter Willow

On that freezing cold Saturday, 02 June, when we were on our way home through Central Otago, we passed these frozen willows. This was after we'd left Fruitlands and we were somewhere between Gorge Creek and Shingle Creek. Central Otago, New Zealand. The trees were right by the highway. - Photo by Nigel Some of... Continue Reading →

Rock Face (do you see the face?)  - Looks like an aristocratic man's face to me, in profile with nose toward the power pole. Lawyer's head? What do you see? Taken by Liz at Butchers Dam near Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand, Sat 02 June 2018.

Australia – True Colours

I love New Zealand and this is where my heart is, but you just can't beat the colourful landscapes of Australia (not to mention the huge variety of colourful birds). I'm totally in LOVE with the colours of Australia! Some time ago I found an amazing blog by a couple of Australian adventurers and I... Continue Reading →

Pretty Damn Cold!

Alexandra remained foggy and cold on Sat 02 June. We stopped to take photos at Butchers Dam where the scenery was splendid but we didn't want to hang around for too long as it was very cold. We were parked by Lye Bow Road, a gravel road which is just off the main highway. The... Continue Reading →

Fire and Ice

Rose hips and hoar frost photographed on the second day of winter. We drove to Alexandra and in the afternoon on the way back to Gore we stopped in several places to take photos. These are taken at Butchers Dam near Alexandra. We literally parked on the roadside, scrambled up a bank, and found a... Continue Reading →

Speargrass Inn: Garden

Photos from the garden that surrounds Speargrass Inn at Fruitlands, Central Otago. We arrived at the Inn but they were Out (closed for the winter). This post continues Fruitless Fruitlands which included a rustic wagon. The beautiful pine tree below is near the wagon - you can partially see it in some photos. The pine... Continue Reading →

Fruitless Fruitlands

Speargrass Inn is a beautifully restored historic hotel now operating as a cafe with separate B&B accommodation. We'd hoped to enjoy the cafe on our way back home on Saturday. The district where Speargrass Inn is located is called Fruitlands and we found the cafe had closed for the winter hence my title 'Fruitless Fruitlands'.... Continue Reading →

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