Helichrysum argyrophyllum

+600 species of Helichrysum occurring worldwide.~244 found in southern Africa. Helichrysum is derived from the Greek "helios" ~sun and "chrysos" ~gold, referring to the colour of many of the flowers of species in this genus. Info from.. SA National Biodiversity Institute Dunedin Botanic Garden ~rock garden. New Zealand. 07 May 2022. Text and photos by... Continue Reading →

Golden Clematis

Golden clematis always stops me in my tracks. I found this not far from our motel in Ranfurly, Central Otago on 13 March, New Zealand. Early autumn. I think it must be Clematis tangutica, from central temperate Asia.

Handkerchief Tree, Autumn

Dove Tree, Chinese Dove Tree, Ghost Tree. Davidia involucrata. I initially found this tree in Dunedin Botanic Garden in the spring of 2020, 24 October to be exact. But Nigel and I were unaware of the autumn form of this fascinating tree. Just a couple of days ago on 07 May we were back in... Continue Reading →

Struck Gold!

Happy to get this shot of a honeybee visiting a kōwhai flower at Dunedin Botanic Garden today in the native collection. I saw a bee enter a flower (and completely disappear up into the flower), got my camera focused and waited for it to back out again 😀 Part of a string of old seed... Continue Reading →

Autumn Gold

The poplars at Clyde are changing colour faster than our local poplars. I took the first photo from a vantage point on the edge of town not far from the Clyde bridge, downstream of the hydro dam. Clutha River. Central Otago, New Zealand. My second photo was taken not far from our home in West... Continue Reading →

Our Lady of Kyiv

For my blog today --Sunday now in NZ-- I'm sharing a tweet from Rev. Frank Ritchie (New Zealand). I found these words and photo to be a comfort: "A Byzantine icon. The original was painted in 1132 I believe. I purchased this many years ago. It is Our Lady of Kyiv. My two main prayer... Continue Reading →

Yellow. Makes. Me. Happy!

There's nothing like bright yellow to brighten the way! These pics of yellow daisy flowers were taken at Dunedin Botanic Garden. I took all.. except for the vertical context shot by Nigel. The first one with the shadows on the path, I took 18 Jan 2022. The others were all 20 May 2021. New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Overhanging Kōwhai Blossom

Kōwhai flowerfall brightens a farm entrance near Ettrick. Roadside showstopper. Old seedpods also visible. Taken 16 Oct by Nigel. Central Otago, New Zealand. Click on photo to enlarge. Text by Liz; photo by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2021)

Shower of Gold

Beautiful golden native kōwhai flowers outside the RSA today. Appears to be a deciduous form, that's what caught my eye first about a week ago - all these flowers and no leaves! We've had a few wintry days but it's still looking gorgeous. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Blossom... Continue Reading →

Bright Spring

Plenty of golden yellow colour brightening our town in the gardens and along the streets. We enjoyed a lovely local walk on Saturday afternoon and I noticed afterward that many of my photos have yellow blooms which inspired me to use them in a 'Yellow' post 🙂 Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any... Continue Reading →

Spring Vases

Spring daffodils from our property. There's various daffodil bulbs in parts of our section, established by previous owners. Late yesterday I picked the best into a bucket and put them in vases before going to bed. I'm not big into bringing flowers inside but bad weather was forecast hence the 'harvesting'. An unexpected bonus.. I've... Continue Reading →

Spring is nearly here

Had our first Covid vaccine shots in the early afternoon yesterday and later on I thought I'd take a walk, knowing I mightn't feel so good the next morning if side-effects kicked in. At the last minute I decided to carry my camera, not really expecting to use it, and headed in the direction of... Continue Reading →

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