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 →

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 →

Bobbly Tree

We were driving from Moa Flat toward Heriot when I spotted this unusual tree, up a bank and by the fence of a farm paddock. You'd think it was topiary, cloud pruning perhaps, but that seems unlikely in this situation. Something of a mystery but very interesting irrespective of whether it's a natural phenomenon or... Continue Reading →

River Crossings

I was fascinated with this artwork in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, viewed on 13 June 2021. With lots of mountains and hills, high rainfall in many places and snow in some, we have lots of fast-flowing rivers which can be extremely dangerous to cross (particularly after heavy rain). In the white settler days drownings... Continue Reading →

Sam Hunt, Portobello Pub

Had a couple of nights in Dunedin. One highlight was the opportunity to visit a new exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, an important one but I'll explain why in another post. When it opened to the public on Saturday we attended the introductory talk and then returned again today (Sunday). This painting (below) is... Continue Reading →

Go With The Flow

Not far from Tapanui as we drive north on the highway, there's a long line of our native cabbage trees. On this particular day there was also a very strong relentless wind, it held so steady that the trees were given no respite. This meant that their leaves steadily flowed in the wind without bouncing... Continue Reading →

Fantabulous Fantail

A chirpy chatterer accompanied us for much of our walk today. Fantails tend to hang around when you're walking, hoping to grab insects from the disturbed leaf litter. I was keen to get shots of the tail fanned-out wide because some of you were interested in this and I didn't get such a shot for... Continue Reading →

Rock Sea Sky

After exploring the east side of the first beach island we skirted around to see what lay beyond. We found another beach island and some fabulous rocks. Ocean View, Dunedin, New Zealand. ~from our short visit yesterday when we stopped on our way home from Dunedin. Click on any photo to enlarge. This is the... Continue Reading →

Beaut Bloom

Gorgeous flower I photographed with my cellphone in the tropical collection of the Winter Garden glasshouse, Dunedin Botanic Garden last year, 25 June 2020 (winter in New Zealand). My main photo is the second one but the first gives context and makes a better header image. Click on either image to enlarge. Extraordinary flower, worth... Continue Reading →

Leaning Trees

These trees are all on a lean because of the brutal gale winds in the south! A closer look at the Olearia traversii trees on the coastal clifftop at Fortrose, Southland, New Zealand. Fortrose is in the far south of The Catlins. This post continues yesterday's: All The Tired Trees. Photos taken 21 Feb 2021.... Continue Reading →

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