Warmth on a Cool Day

We had to go to Invercargill today and although we're now in the height of summer the sky had lots of dark cloud and at one stage absolutely bucketed down with rain. We also drove out to Bluff and discovered 3 or 4 murals we hadn't seen before. On our return to Invercargill we had... Continue Reading →

White Christmas

I found myself with a few local 'white' Christmas photos after a wander around town. These were all taken on Boxing Day except for the white ducks and the pigeons - I took those on Christmas Day. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

Dogs With Bells On

Some of them. Yesterday I kidded Nigel to take me to Roxburgh to look for decorated houses.. saw none! But on a small rural property not far away we came across these dogs all dressed up in Christmas costume, hurray! The 'reindeer' had bells on the antlers so the energetic little dog jingled all the... Continue Reading →

Festive Farm Field

Found a fabulous festive farm field at Mokotua! Take a look at the lead 'reindeer' LOL. Mokotua is near Invercargill, you drive through it en route to the Catlins (we were on our way to Fortrose). Southland, New Zealand. 16 December. Click on any photo to enlarge. The farmer even created a roadside viewing area.... Continue Reading →

Interesting Locals

We met these animal locals on a walk yesterday to the edge of town. I took lots of spring flower photos, there were way more flowers in bloom than I expected. Flower photos later. ~Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. In the second sheep photo the mum-sheep is actually poking her tongue at me .. rude!... Continue Reading →

Breath of Autumn

Back in autumn on the 29 March, I set off on a solo walk from our cottage, through local streets and out to the eastern edge of town where the Colchicum field is. It was a glorious morning and the natural world seemed infused with a special quality that compelled me to take photos. At... Continue Reading →

Lichen liking local lions

Out on the edge of town, two lions are loyal guardians of the owner's driveway, the same property that has a Colchicum field that I've featured in previous posts. I took these photos when I went for a local wander on 29 March, a lovely autumn day when I took way more photos than I'd... Continue Reading →

Fixated

A lion rests either side of a short ramp leading to the Dunedin Botanic Garden winter garden glasshouse. One lion slumbers while the other regards visitors with fixed stare. I photographed them on 12 May 2021. Unusually for me I tried b&w and sepia, concluding I didn't like b&w but I did like the sepia.... Continue Reading →

Stanleys Hotel

Cosy coffee stop on our homeward journey yesterday from Palmerston, East Otago. Stanleys Hotel, Macraes. New Zealand. "Since 1882". The warmth of the fire much appreciated on what was a grey, cold, rainy day. This is a remote old gold mining area, now a major modern gold mining area. Thanks to Nigel for taking these... Continue Reading →

Friendly Fantail

In the late afternoon we drove to Black Gully Reserve near Tapanui and did a short bush walk. While we paused on the track, a fantail came to visit and flitted about us (as fantails do), chirruping to us all the while. They flit constantly from side-to-side so my shots are far from ideal but... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Living

These are from the big local photo-walk I did on 29 March. Poultry, cattle, magpies and a sweet pet dog that was out with his owner who was riding along the footpath on a mobility scooter. Bob and Buddy they were. Buddy's tail was wagging furiously although that's not apparent in the pic! Tapanui, West... Continue Reading →

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