Fig at Lambeth

Today the Bishops at the 2022 Lambeth Conference are visiting Lambeth Palace in London where the focus of their work will be on the Environment. We visited Lambeth Palace in 2010 and Nigel photographed a huge sprawling fig tree by the Great Hall.. and I've just found the fig tree was planted in 1556! White Marseilles fig tree.

Old World Charm

"Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height, contrast and a certain amount of old world charm to cottage gardens and border backgrounds. Also effective when grown against walls or fences." ~Missouri Botanical Garden [website] Photos taken at Clyde in Central Otago, New Zealand .. 07 Dec 2021. Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) Photos 1 and 2: hollyhock flowering by... Continue Reading →

Apples and Pears

Early autumn in Central Otago; we drove to Roxburgh yesterday, finding a beautiful apple orchard at Ettrick and a pear orchard at Millers Flat. New Zealand. 19 March.

St Matthew’s | Details

While Nigel went to the barber I wandered around in Stafford Street taking photos, these are detail pics I took at St Matthew's church.. beautiful building from the 1870s. Dunedin, New Zealand. 15 March.

Flower Friends

This morning we visited Dunedin Botanic Garden and savoured our early autumn view of late summer flowers. The day was bright-overcast and we enjoyed all the beautiful colours. Some plants have got so tall! The 'scale bar' is almost 6'3. New Zealand.

Revelation

Gunnera leaves in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 18 Jan 2022. "Light has come into the world" John 3:19

Grain Farm, Southland

Grain farm on Waimea Valley Road, the tops of the Hokonuis behind. Lovely drive through there today to Glenure, the big vistas are awesome! 01 Jan 2022. Southland, New Zealand.

Reach For The Sky

I had this photo from a cafe/bar garden in Clyde, Central Otago and nearly chucked it out as it was so flat (2nd photo). Something stopped me though, I liked the rose stems reaching out to claim space and also the way they relate with the blue sky and cloud behind them. After adjusting for... Continue Reading →

Frondly Ghosts

Crown ferns and new growth, looking a little ghostly Christmas morning, sunshine yet to filter through. Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealand.

Bush Lawyer

Particularly nasty and tenacious native vine that literally hangs around in our bush waiting to catch hold of the unwary walker. Rubus species (blackberry relative). The first four photos are from a walk we did in Black Gully Reserve near Tapanui on Sunday afternoon (23 May). West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →

Aging Gracefully

On my local walk 29 March when I took many photos, I caught the colours and textures of this weathered fire hydrant marker-post on the shaded side of a road at the outer edge of town. It's a concrete post painted yellow but nature's been very busy adding lots of extra interest! Nearby I found... Continue Reading →

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