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 →

All The Tired Trees

And a trig point. No mistaking which direction the prevailing wind comes from when you visit the ocean-facing clifftop at Fortrose, Southland, New Zealand. South coast of the South Island. After initially investigating the clifftop edge area we noticed the severely wind-beaten trees and wandered over to investigate. Fortunately for us there was nothing more... Continue Reading →

White Echinacea

We really like to see Echinacea flowers (coneflowers) and these were in Gore Gardens, Southland, New Zealand on 14 Feb 2021. Coneflowers are from North America.

Prickles and Petals

It so happens that I photographed these cacti in winter (end of June) and again in summer (26 Dec). On the summer visit the long, lanky cactus had produced a beautiful flower! My photos are taken in the Winter Garden Glasshouse, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Their website refers to the cacti and succulents area... Continue Reading →

Tanks a lot

Explored Ettrick yesterday and found an assortment of tanks at the end of a rural lane. I admired the round concrete one and Nigel took a pic. Also feeling genuinely grateful for the many blessings I enjoy. And thank you for stopping by 🙂 Ettrick (southern end of Central Otago). New Zealand. Click on the... Continue Reading →

Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils

Ok, so I stole my title from a line in the movie You've Got Mail but these 'Woodland Pencils' are seriously wonderful! I found them displayed for sale in a cafe we visited today, TurQuoise CaFe right by the main road in the Ettrick orchard area, Central Otago. If you're going that way don't miss... Continue Reading →

Very Fine Finery

Gorgeous female fashion with finely detailed paper skirt on display in the Dunedin Public Library when I visited in our winter season on 26 June 2020. New Zealand. Click on ANY photo to enlarge. Next photo best viewed at max enlargement (2x clicks) About the costume with the blue bodice and quilled skirt ... Text... Continue Reading →

Ennis House LA

In yesterday's post I offered a distant glimpse of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Ennis House on a hilltop in Los Feliz, Los Angeles USA. It was a truly magical experience to see this house and I don't think I had any idea of what to expect! It looks like a huge Mayan Temple and... Continue Reading →

Mexican Amberwings

Just found these beauties on Twitter this morning and have to share. Many thanks to Michael Thomas Bogan for permission. Michael Thomas Bogan. Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment. The University of Arizona. On Twitter:  @mtbogan Photos below are from this tweet Dragonfly season is in full swing on the effluent-dependent Santa... Continue Reading →

Hollyhock House LA

I've been building up to this post with my recent photo-postings of hollyhock flowers and in this post I'll share photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in Los Angeles. These were taken by Nigel during our 2010 stop-over in LA. This was our first visit to a FLW house ever and it was... Continue Reading →

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