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 →

Wild Highway

A quick 'extra' post. I was prompted to do this when I saw a comment conversation between two blogger friends. They were discussing how plants will grow even in the most unlikely places given half a chance (my paraphrase of what they said). Cracks, straight out of a rock, tree growing on tree, etc. So... Continue Reading →

Black Tree Fern 02

I was taking photos of this tree fern (the same tree fern I showed yesterday), and Nigel decided to photograph me taking the photos ... and getting swallowed by the fronds! I was trying to get detail photos - which I'm now sharing with you in this post. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 09 Dec... Continue Reading →

Black Tree Fern

Two photos of the same black tree fern. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.Photo 1 : taken 09 Dec 2020 ~~/~~ Photo 2 : taken 25 Oct 2020Entirely coincidental I took both from a similar position. I find it interesting to see the development of the big new frond during the intervening period. Click on either... Continue Reading →

Hint of Spring

A couple of days ago Nigel and I walked up the road together on a sunny, relatively warm winter afternoon and I was delighted to spot emerging daffodils. I didn't have a camera but asked Nigel to get some shots. Soon after seeing the bud I also saw a mature flower but we'll stay with... Continue Reading →

A Very Dandy Dandelion

Found this photo on Twitter and I'm amazed at the determination of the dandelion. "Botanical tenacity last week in the gardens! A pilon at the edge of a path ended up on top of a dandelion. Remarkably, the plant produced a 60cm tall stem to get its flower through the opening!" --Kevin Kavanagh, South Coast... Continue Reading →

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