Suspension Bridge (1913)

Late trip today to Millers Flat, Central Otago in order to walk a short track to Horseshoe Bend Bridge, a suspension bridge across the Clutha/Mata-Au River, opened in 1913. I did a photo-post about the bridge with daylight shots at the end of 2019; the post has many photos as well as information about the... Continue Reading →

Power

Yesterday we drove to Lake Roxburgh Village, crossed the Clutha River/Matau-Au via Roxburgh hydro dam, and walked up Commissioners Track to the Spillway viewing area (3rd pic). The noise of the water blasting down to the river below was loud and constant! Central Otago, New Zealand. The first time we've walked this track and we... Continue Reading →

Oamaru, Views

Oamaru's a town on the east coast of the South Island with a very distinct character, proudly on display in the commercial whitestone buildings of the old 'Victorian Precinct' CBD area, originating from the 1860s to 1880s and mainly comprised of large old grain and seed warehouses along with ludicrously grandiose bank buildings with imposing... Continue Reading →

Stirrings

The Uvalde shooting ‘stirred something’ in him. So he gave up his gun. A touching article.. I read it earlier today, from the Washington Post:“He looked like my grandson. I mean, they could have been twins. They have the same face,” Small said, his voice shaky with emotion. “It just stirred something in me.” What... Continue Reading →

Eweburn

We found Eweburn not far down the road from Ranfurly after we'd driven slightly further out of town from the Catholic Church. This part of Central Otago is well known for various combinations of animal-term + 'burn'. At our motel the rooms were named for these places, we were in the 'Kyeburn' room! There's no... Continue Reading →

Waianakarua River

North Branch of the Waianakarua River, below Glencoe Campsite. 13 April 2022.~near the small settlement of Herbert. Waitaki, East Otago. New Zealand. We were en route home and didn't have much time but after driving some rural roads and then a rough forest road we made it to the campsite. I was having a wander... Continue Reading →

Whisky Gully Creek

This was our first walk into the Whisky Gully entry to the Blue Mountains today, just up the road from home in Tapanui. Delightful! Here's two of my first pics, taken near the start of the track.. Whisky Gully Creek. Good Friday, afternoon, 15 April. West Otago, New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

Clutha at Roxburgh

The river photos are of the Clutha River at Roxburgh from a riverside path, Sunday 23 Jan 2022. The Māori name Mata-au references the swift surface current of the river. The rest of the photos were taken from a spot in a small section of pine trees where I paused to enjoy the nice setting... Continue Reading →

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 →

Look into the Bush

When we visited Dunsdale Reserve yesterday there were many ferns and mosses along the way, edging the path, edging the stream, and growing as ground cover on the forest floor. Very pretty, even on a dull day. Hokonui Forest, Southland, New Zealand. ~ photos by me, except for the last lovely pic taken by Nigel... Continue Reading →

Back Country Visit

Drove 6km off Glencoe Highway through farmland and forest to Dunsdale Reserve. "A forestry road provides access to this attractive remnant of native forest, characterised by matai and kahikatea." We then walked part of the one hour return walking track into Hokonui Forest. ~05 Jan 2022. Southland, New Zealand This was an off-the-cuff exploration. I... Continue Reading →

Grasp the Alligator

A fancy fountain from Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand dating back to 1890 when it was "Erected and presented to the citizens of Dunedin by Wolf Harris Esq", not here but at Queens Gardens in the city. It was removed after WW1 in favour of the Cenotaph, then stored until it was resurrected for the... Continue Reading →

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