Downriver

The main river that's near to us is the Pomahaka River and recently I realised I wasn't too familiar with its course so one afternoon I suggested we drive downriver from our nearest contact point with the Pomahaka. West Otago and Clydevale, Clutha District, New Zealand. I took these photos 19 Feb 2021. Click on... Continue Reading →

Paradise Family

It was heartwarming for us to see these Paradise Shelduck parents out with their young one at a stream near the Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand in early December 2020. I'm used to seeing many young with parents but this pair only had one. Most people simply refer to them as Paradise Ducks. Note: The... Continue Reading →

Leading Lines

Following on from Sweeping Spiral and Around The Bend, these photos show the actual bridge span of the pedestrian/cycleway bridge at Green Island, Dunedin which we enjoyed visiting on Christmas morning. The bridge spans a stream and a motorway. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Lovely shadow capture by Nigel .. bridge and... Continue Reading →

Breath of Fresh Air

Photos taken today as I stood on the edge of the southern end of the South Island looking out over the ocean. Instead of taking the motorway out of Dunedin we drove the coast route for a way, before heading for home. We went to Dunedin for my birthday (31 October), spent the weekend there.... Continue Reading →

Kaitangata

Small rural town (population ~800) 12km from Balclutha. The mighty Clutha River flows through Balclutha, then winds its way past Kaitangata ('Kai'). We took a drive out there yesterday, 18 October 2020. Clutha District, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Hut and jetty by the Clutha River, at Kai. Where we'd stopped, I... Continue Reading →

‘Upturned’ meets Clutha, at Beaumont

Upturned, by Kay McKenzie Cooke 'Upturned' is the fourth book of poems by Kay McKenzie Cooke and before buying it I was already familiar with Kay's writing as I'd borrowed several of her previous books from public libraries and enjoyed the poems. Many poems refer to places in the south of New Zealand that I'm... Continue Reading →

Joy is water

Excited to share this beautiful poem Joy is water, a poem by WP blogger sarahsouthwest (uk). Sarah found my request a few days ago after it'd been missed a while ago - thanks for getting in touch Sarah! Her poems can be found online at: fmmewritespoems Joy is water    words by sarahsouthwest, originally posted... Continue Reading →

Powerhouse River

Roxburgh hydro dam, on the Clutha / Mata-Au River often referred to as the 'Mighty Clutha River'. I always feel huge respect for this amazing river. There's two big hydro dams on the Clutha - the Roxburgh Dam (completed 1957) and Clyde Dam (completed 1993). Here's some overview photos I took from the top of... Continue Reading →

My Cup Runneth Over

Couldn't help thinking of this phrase from Psalm 23:5 in the Bible, a famous psalm that begins: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." On Wednesday, early in our journey to Oamaru, we hoped to find refreshments in Milton and stopped at this cafe - only to find it had closed at 2.30pm... Continue Reading →

Pomahaka River, West Otago

This afternoon we took off for a drive to explore some back roads and eventually ended up at Waikaia for pizza at the pub. We went all over the place before getting there though. From home we went to Moa Flat, Wilden Settlement Road, Deepdell Road, Switzers Road, Winding Creek Road to Waikaia. And then... Continue Reading →

Paradise Shelduck

This beautiful endemic shelduck has a large body like a goose and we see them often whether in city parks or farm fields. Wild ones aren't tolerant of disturbance and readily take off with both birds in full cry - they are very noisy with distinct male/female voices and both are very vocal. The duck... Continue Reading →

Winding Creek Road

When we drove from Tapanui to Waikaia on Saturday it was cold outside. We found these lovely icicles by the roadside, spotted them from the car. Like a special little grotto! Nigel took these photos, 13 June 2020. These photos were all taken at this place. If you'd like to see the road a map ... Continue Reading →

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