Dunedin Blues

Summer delights. Good blues.. happy blues 🙂 From our visit to Dunedin Botanic Garden on 15 January. New Zealand.

Way Out West

'Tis true! These photos were taken west of where we live *and* (Nigel's just reminded me), we live in West Otago! So.. I spotted this old wagon when we did the long country drive on back roads through farmland, technically in Southland as the regional boundary is close to where we live. We were nearing... Continue Reading →

Shadow Pattern

As I wandered past some native plants at Black Gully Reserve, the shadows caught my eye. The large bright green leaves catching the shadows belong to a Griselinia species. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

Red Livens Things Up

I want to share with you how lovely the red form of our native mistletoe looks when it's up in a tree, with this type of mistletoe that's where you look.. upward. It's their spent flowers on the ground that usually alert me to their presence higher in the trees, always reminding me to look... Continue Reading →

Goats Enjoying Summer

We spotted this group of goats in a field, looking very casual and relaxed, as we drove to Gore this morning.. so Nigel stopped and backed up and I took the shot from the passenger seat through Nigel's open window. Eight goats are fully visible and two are unseen behind the two big hay bales.... Continue Reading →

Spitting Image

When I was at Black Gully Reserve on 28 December, I found a spittle bug on a slender stem of a tree. I hadn't seen one of these so convenient to photograph before and it was fairly well-lit. It turns out they're pretty interesting creatures! Below the photo I'll give you a 'gift-link' to a... Continue Reading →

Stormy

As I write it is the evening of January 06 here in New Zealand. This afternoon we've experienced an extraordinary thunderstorm that came upon us very suddenly with much drama - big lightning, crashing thunder, strong wind and driving rain from the east which is rare here. Water even seeped into the passage under the... Continue Reading →

Vege Garden Flowers

Flowers from the vege garden: 1. Leek bloom and a spray of celery flowers 2. Purple sage in flower, celery flowers 3. Silver beet flower heads, they go high! 4. Nigel 6'3" takes a stand by lovage flowers Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealand Leek flower head - a sphere of small mauve and white flowers... Continue Reading →

Christmas Mistletoe

I've still got a few photos of the native mistletoe that are perched on trees at our local public reserve at Black Gully. Happily they flower in December and a few of them reside at the edge of the big open grass area so no big hike is needed to access them. I took these... Continue Reading →

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