While preparing this photo-post of a local golden pine, I searched online for "golden needles". Turns out there's a tea called 'Golden Needle' and even 'Golden Eyebrow'. Later, on twitter I found another tea named 'Golden Monkey', apparently it's delicious! For anyone interested, these teas are produced by Silk Road Teas. The golden pine tree... Continue Reading →
Kniphofia / red hot poker are common here, often by a fence or driveway. Southland, New Zealand ~09 Jan 2021. I love the yellow ones!
This south coast beach just south of Brighton near Dunedin / New Zealand gets golden sand sprinkled in patches, randomly over the mostly white sand. It's a very pretty effect. When we visited on Christmas morning there was way less gold sand than when we'd visited a few weeks before but I found a nice... Continue Reading →
Golden foliage trees make a colourful splash in the landscape during winter when there's not much else to brighten the scene. These photos were taken by Nigel about a month ago when we went for a local walk. It was when daffodils were in bud but hardly any had opened. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.... Continue Reading →
"On 23 May 1861, in the gully which still bears his name, Read discovered gold, 'shining like the stars in Orion on a dark frosty night.' It was this discovery which revealed the potential of gold in Otago, and thereby initiated the series of discoveries and rushes which were to transform the economic, social and... Continue Reading →
When still in Level 4 lockdown we encountered a number of eye-catching plants on one of our walks from home, they all had gold. Whether lots of gold or just hints, they captured our attention and interest. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 24 April 2020 I feel heart-sick at the sufferings of... Continue Reading →
Late yesterday afternoon I struck gold, this autumn beauty, found further along our street in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. By Liz, using Nigel's cellphone
When we were in Queens Park, Invercargill on 24 February there were some really bright yellow achillea in bloom making a dazzling display. Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel. Click on any photo to enlarge. Humorous shot of me hurrying to get out of Nigel's way when actually he was trying to take a... Continue Reading →
The Clutha River or Mata-Au, often referred to as the Mighty Clutha, runs from Lake Wanaka through Central Otago, on through the Clutha District via Clydevale and Balclutha, and then down to the South Coast via Inch Clutha (338 km total). There's an interesting photo of the Mata-Au meeting the ocean featured in Te Ara... Continue Reading →
Relics from the goldmining days are commonly on display in Otago and I never get tired of seeing them. The Otago Gold Rush began near Lawrence when Gabriel Read discovered gold at what came to be called Gabriel's Gully, in May 1861. In Lawrence on Saturday I found a fine sluice gun or monitor on... Continue Reading →
Willow bathed in late winter sunshine, Old Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand. Heritage precinct. Old cart and dredge bucket. Taken by Liz 08 Aug 2019.
On our way to Waikaka on Saturday we got a fairly close view of gold mining equipment parked in a paddock near the road. We've seen this from a distance months ago (perhaps part of a modern dredge). I got myself mired in much info while looking for a few facts to go with this... Continue Reading →