Rock Daisy

Marlborough rock daisies are endemic and naturally found in .. Marlborough! They grow on steep rocky or stony sites and are highly resistant to summer drought; the region gets very hot in summer. There are three species of which Pachystegia insignis has the greatest natural range, and it's also very common as a garden plant... Continue Reading →

Fading Beauty

I'm constantly inspired by the work of a myriad of different writers, photographers, artists, tweeters, and the folk who view and comment. This post is nothing to do with me apart from acting as curator.. Fading Beauty. Credits: Leaf skeleton images.. via twitter, from incidental naturalist @IncNaturalist. I was delighted to find David has an... Continue Reading →

Apple Harvest

Returning from Roxburgh on 17 April, I asked Nigel to stop and park by an apple orchard at Ettrick so I could take photos. Actually I took a lot.. it was hard to know how to get decent photos from this nice but fairly ordinary scene. The workers had finished for the day so I... Continue Reading →

Getting To Zero

Thought I'd update y'all on how our lockdown's progressing, in case you're interested. The whole country has been in lockdown for two weeks at Level 4. That's our highest level, where we stay home in our 'bubbles' unless we're essential workers. You may recall we locked down at midnight on the same day the first... Continue Reading →

Waiting for Ida

I don't know how many of you have links with Louisiana but I hope and pray that the people and places in Hurricane Ida's path can weather the storm. Being a far distant observer I know little about what lies in her path but I've searched online and scanned for links on twitter, and I'll... Continue Reading →

Red Delicious

I spied this gorgeous rose hip in Dunedin Botanic Garden, late autumn. Looking closely at the hip while photo-editing, it reminded me of a 'Red Delicious' apple ~which we're probably all familiar with. The deep, dark red, and a few spots. The whole bush was lovely and colourful. The real name of the rose is... Continue Reading →

Autumn Rosehip

The birds they sangAt the break of dayStart againI heard them sayDon't dwell on what has passed awayOr what is yet to be ... ~Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem', first verse I felt like sharing this verse and a rose hip I photographed at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 19 May, New Zealand. For anyone who's interested our... Continue Reading →

Green Seen

Took these photos at our local Black Gully Reserve on 23 May 2021, green things were looking very pretty that day. The last photo is of rocks in the path that I took a fancy to .. because I think they look like butterfly wings! Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. FYI, we don't escape American... Continue Reading →

Only Takes One

In New Zealand it only takes ONE case of Covid-19 in the community (as opposed to a quarantine facility) to send us all straight into Level 4 Lockdown. All cases bar one that've turned up in quarantine since June have been the Delta variant so today's Covid case is being treated as though it's Delta.... Continue Reading →

Peace Lily

This beautiful flower attracted my attention in the sub-tropical area of the Winter Garden Glasshouse at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 10 April. Until this morning I didn't know what it is but after seeing a helpful comment on another blogpost featuring the same flower, I now know the name. Then I found an online page... Continue Reading →

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