Straight Ahead to Leithen

There weren't many road signs to confirm our route to Leithen and it had us guessing at times as we drove up the gravel lane through forest trees, the sealed road having ended when farmland had transitioned to woodland. Eventually we came to the lovely Leithen picnic area that I've been posting photos of recently.... Continue Reading →

Enjoying Leithen

Marooned on an island. Leithen picnic area, West Otago, New Zealand. Via Nigel, 19 Jan 2020.

Pomahaka River, Leithen

We did a little bit of local exploring yesterday afternoon. I remembered seeing a sign to a picnic area near Heriot so we drove there and found a turn-off (to 'Leithen Picnic Area'). Initially it was a sealed road through farmland, then became a gravel road through forest and suddenly we arrived at a lovely... Continue Reading →

We’ll Care Next Time

Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG has been under enormous pressure to NOT proceed with his company's contribution to the construction of the Adani Mine in Australia. Because this is a German company I was especially hopeful he might take a stand and withdraw his company's support. Unfortunately this is not the case... Continue Reading →

Indigenous Australia

I had little to offer in terms of indigenous perspective on the current bushfire situation but I thought you might be interested in the few stories I'd found. Then two more articles became available while I was still completing the post! STOP PRESS: Just as I was proof-reading my post I noticed a tweet linking... Continue Reading →

Current Affairs

The bookstore in the fire-ravaged village of Cobargo, New South Wales, has a new sign outside: “Post-Apocalyptic Fiction has been moved to Current Affairs.” I used to work as a librarian so was particularly taken with the above line which was taken from an excellent opinion piece in the New York Times. The whole purpose... Continue Reading →

#AustraliaBurns

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to comprehend what's going on in Australia. I've read so much recently via twitter i.e. tweets and the articles they point to. Various photos and video clips. My eyes feel tired. In a way none of it makes sense to me. Australia is such a big and well-resourced country and... Continue Reading →

Beauty Is Here

This post features images taken by Nigel when we visited Horseshoe Bend near Millers Flat in Central Otago, New Zealand. He got some really nice captures. There was so much more than just the historic bridge. Taken 31 Dec 2019. Native flowers. I think this may be manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) rather than kanuka (Kunzea ericoides).... Continue Reading →

Down By The River

Down by the Clutha River or Mata-Au, this post continues our exploration at Horseshoe Bend - I've already posted about the historic bridge. I took all my photos close to the river and bridge so these are they and I'll put Nigel's in a separate post. Horseshoe Bend is near Millers Flat, Central Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Weird Glow

Our town of Tapanui in West Otago, New Zealand was bathed in a weird glow this morning due to smoke drift from the bushfires in Australia. Now at 1.00pm the strange glow has vanished but it's still very smoky toward the Blue Mountains and when we go outside the smell of bushfire smoke is instantly... Continue Reading →

Australia Day

Here in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Strange light all around us, very surreal. This is what we woke up to this morning on the first day of the new year. Sharing a couple of photos that Nigel took this morning. I also took photos but haven't got them off my camera yet. Nigel dubbed... Continue Reading →

Having New Eyes

I'm all enthused about 'landscapes' which is unusual for me. The word 'landscape' gets way overused, appearing in all sorts of contexts that have nothing to do with real landscapes.  November Square-A-Day Landscapes  by Jill Kuhn is a wonderful exception - this is my reblog of her 02 Dec post. Thank you Jill Kuhn for... Continue Reading →

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