Devils Bridge Wetland

I haven't quite finished Oamaru... although I've shared all my photos there's a lovely set taken by Nigel to share with y'all! On the Friday afternoon, 24 July, there came a time when Nigel finished his appointments and I suggested we go for a drive into the country - a random drive with no prior... Continue Reading →

The tailwind of privilege

I read this excellent article today in The Spinoff by guest writer Mary Breheny. Dr Mary Breheny is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Massey University (New Zealand). I obtained permission to share the text of the article here on my blog and sourced the image from Pexels - by Markus Spiske. The tailwind... Continue Reading →

Flying Blind

We drove to Nelson Lakes, past Lake Rotoiti, up the mountain, gaining height, attained the carpark, secured the steely steed. [more...]

Places and Plants

The latest Lens-Artists Challenge is Pastimes and I thought I might take part. Thinking about pastimes I thought 'places and plants' because when we're not doing necessary things, we love to visit places and/or look at plants. I looked through Nigel's archives and soon had too many photos to do a nice neat post for... Continue Reading →

The Meaning of Trees

My first Liebster Award nominee has got her response underway! Kay McKenzie Cooke from Dunedin, New Zealand has posted answers to my first two questions. It was great reading what she shared and I felt very honoured that Kay who was born and raised in Southland called me a Southlander - a rare privilege indeed.... Continue Reading →

Bordering On Madness

The insanity of it all. OK American folks, here's where it's at. Many of you will know stacks more about this issue than me - there'll be ins and outs, no doubt, that I know nothing about. I haven't made a point of reading up about the infamous Border Wall. But this was in my... Continue Reading →

Opportunity

I love this flash of orange brightly blooming in our local street, found during one of our recent walks - 16 April to be specific. I asked Nigel to photograph it and was particularly taken with the single glowing petal that had fallen to the ground and lay slightly distant from the plant. Tapanui, West... Continue Reading →

Blue Butterflies of Happiness

I'm indebted to Jane from Australia who this afternoon tweeted these beautiful Blue Tigers and shared briefly on her current situation and how "the bombardment of blue butterflies of happiness lifted my blues" - quoted from Jane's reply when I asked to share some of the photos and her tweet. There's understandably a lot of... Continue Reading →

Plants As Partners

I've been busy doing a blogpost for Nigel's Growplan blog, based on a great poster he's put together to display at Wanaka A&P Show, Fri/Sat 13-14 March 2020, Site W7. I've taken his work and chatted to him about the underlying concepts, written an introduction and added text to tie it all together ... and... Continue Reading →

Webby Hedge

Leaving home to walk to our local cafe Top Nosh for a Valentine's Day brunch, Nigel was taken with all the dewy webs on the box hedge by our path - they were making a great show. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. First image cropped from the second Click on the following image to enlarge... Continue Reading →

At What Price?

At what price do we support industry in our local communities? Industries provide employment and may attract related industries, providing even more employment. Councils generally welcome industry. Just hold that thought. Last week we had torrential rain for days on end after an extended dry period. Southland's a region of rivers and they quickly rose.... Continue Reading →

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