We were heading away from Tapanui one misty morning and given it's now mid-summer this was unusual. We hadn't gone far, Crookston for those who know the area, when I spotted a blob of very bright yellow at gutter level on the corner of a building - which made me ask Nigel to stop and... Continue Reading →
Here in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Strange light all around us, very surreal. This is what we woke up to this morning on the first day of the new year. Sharing a couple of photos that Nigel took this morning. I also took photos but haven't got them off my camera yet. Nigel dubbed... Continue Reading →
Hen golden pheasant emerging from under azalea at Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 17 Nov 2019.
One of the handsome golden pheasants made an appearance when we visited Maple Glen Garden on 06 October but not as close as previously. I still wanted to post the shots though. He was more interested in keeping close to a near female than being near us. For a closer view, see The Golden Boy.... Continue Reading →
When we visited the local plant nursery on Saturday we walked from home and photographed some of the colour we found along the way. The first photo is by Nigel and the second by me. The tall conical tree is our native Golden Totara or Podocarpus totara 'aurea' whose foliage takes on a good gold... Continue Reading →
Our native kowhai trees have showers of golden flowers. Gifts of gold. Kowhai Flowers (Sophora sp.) -- photos taken at Dunedin Botanic Gardens 07 Sept 2019. New Zealand. This kowhai tree is at one end of the rock garden. Taken by Nigel The following photos are of a particular tree, located in a native plant... Continue Reading →
Here in New Zealand as I write it's 31 August, around 8.20pm - so for us this is the last day of winter and tomorrow 01 September, is our first 'official' day of spring. Fortunately it's been an outstandingly fine day in Tapanui. Earlier today I glanced out the laundry window and saw a bright... 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.
Steve Schwartzman gave me a link to his stunning photo of kelp swirling in the surf at Bluff taken 24 February, 2017. Bluff is a port town right down the bottom of the South Island (not far from Invercargill). Southland, New Zealand Here's part of the description from Steve's blog-post: "The bull kelp (Durvillaea antarctica... Continue Reading →
Approaching Gore Public Gardens yesterday on my way home I found this scooter parked near the gardens. I was captivated by its decorations, a scooter all decked out for Christmas. What a delight! Bow, baubles, tinsel and Christmas Tree. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 20 Dec 2018 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISHES FOR... Continue Reading →
These striking lilies were blooming in the Gore Public Gardens when we wandered through on the evening of 20 Dec 2018. The white flowers, with golden centres like melted butter, were very eye-catching. Nigel took these lovely photos and I've cropped them for maximum effect. The first photo can be enlarged - please click on... Continue Reading →
The garden we currently have is "inherited". We moved into our rental house in February this year and we didn't recognise all of the plants so its been interesting to find out what they are. Even with plants we know, its often a mystery what colour the flowers will be until they bloom. We've just... Continue Reading →