Moody Dreams

'Moody Dreams'. Still some nice roses to be found in the Gore Gardens, Southland, New Zealand (it's autumn here in NZ). I asked Nigel to photo this rose for me, taken yesterday afternoon when we had a quick wander through the garden. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

Catholic Church in Gore

Church of the Blessed Sacrament This church with surprisingly different architecture to what you'd expect down here in the south is opposite the Council offices on Ardwick Street in Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Nigel pulled in by the church to return some books to the library and I took the opportunity to get some photos,... Continue Reading →

Mystery Trees at Gore

So, one day we were in Gore (Southland) and I was in the car waiting for Nigel. I suddenly realised the little trees I could see in front of me were really interesting so I hopped out and started taking photos with my cellphone camera. This was at the brightest time of day so I've... Continue Reading →

Damsel in Gore

Another damselfly flew in to have his/her photo taken when we popped into Gore Gardens on our way home in the afternoon. Nigel had his cellphone handy and took these photos. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken 24 Feb 2020. Our first damselfly encounter had been in Invercargill earlier in the day. Mike Powell, any... Continue Reading →

Consider The Lily

Returning home from down south yesterday we stopped in at Gore for a while and were drawn in to Gore Gardens to see how they're doing (lovely). I didn't even have my cellphone in hand but Nigel had his cell and got a few photos. This is a fine lily that I went over to... Continue Reading →

Tiger Moth

Yesterday we spent some time at Mandeville, a tiny settlement near Gore notable for having an airfield by the highway and a great little vintage aircraft museum, and a good cafe. This time they had their Tiger Moth airplane parked on the lawn near the cafe and we were able to get nicer photos than... Continue Reading →

Lancewoods

In New Zealand we have some very interesting trees called lancewoods. There's the relatively normal lancewood Pseudopanax crassifolius and the fierce or savage lancewood Pseudopanax ferox (!) Both of them have a different juvenile form to their adult form. The leaves of the juvenile fierce lancewood look pretty fierce being more strongly toothed. We do... Continue Reading →

Purple Roses and Prussian Blue

It was a rare treat Saturday afternoon to attend a poetry reading by five southern New Zealand poets at the wonderful Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore. The opportunity to hear poetry where we live is unusual. My title was inspired by colour content from two different poems, colours always make a big impression on me!... Continue Reading →

Gentle View

When the bishop showed horror at the friars' hard life, Francis said, "If we had any possessions we should need weapons and laws to defend them." -- from a  summary about the life of St Francis To me the gentle attitude shown by St Francis seemed a perfect fit with the gentle beauty of these... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Bedding

Floral bedding in Gore Public Gardens. I glimpsed the colour from the car on Thursday but couldn't stop. This morning after brunch we went and took a look, and we were glad we did. Aren't these pansies lovely? Gore Public Gardens, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz This bed was on my left as... Continue Reading →

At Home in the Country

At home in the country; at the end of a rural road y'day we found a guitar-on-wheels in a field. The New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards are held annually in Gore. Perhaps this gets trundled out.

River Medusa

River Medusa is a response to the Gore area -- Maruawai, Valley of Water. It pays tribute to the sustaining presence of the Mataura River and the many small streams that feed it. The work was conceived at a time when New Zealand was in the grips of an electricity crisis owing to the low... Continue Reading →

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