Hills and Gullies

Hills, gullies and a ... pond! We saw this attractive farm landscape after driving further along the road from the Busy Guy sculpture. The green hills, the tussock and cabbage trees, the sheep and the pond provided an enticing scene that was persuasive enough to make us pull over. Photos taken by Nigel, Waitahuna-Clydevale route... Continue Reading →

Power and Connections

Today Nigel had to catch a very early flight from Dunedin Airport so I suggested we stay at Lake Waihola Sunday night so I could drop him at the airport this morning. We settled into our motel Sunday afternoon and then set off for a bit of a driving adventure. I had the bright idea... Continue Reading →

Just A Farm Pond

Saw this beautiful farm pond as we were returning from Fruitlands and heading to Roxburgh, in Central Otago, New Zealand. We both took photos. There was also a resident pair of Paradise Shelducks (I'll share photos of them in another post). You can clearly see the female's white head in the first photo, and the... Continue Reading →

New Zealand Collie

Iconic in New Zealand, a remarkable animal indispensable to sheep farmers for moving and control of sheep, and familiar to the rest of us from seeing dog trials at A&P Shows and on TV. The breed was originally from the Scottish Border, the border collie, but has been bred over time to better suit the... Continue Reading →

The Apple Tree

The same roadside apple tree as in my last post, found on 08 June and a hillside view from the same spot. In rural country near Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. First photo by me and the others by Nigel. Early winter now for us in NZ. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz;... Continue Reading →

Lighting The Landscape

This lovely landscape caught my eye as we reached a T-intersection on our way to Ettrick via Moa Flat on Sunday. The scene itself is typically New Zealand - high country pasture being grazed - in this instance by cattle and sheep sharing the same paddock. As lovely as it is, this is scenery we... Continue Reading →

These Hills of Gold

Driving back to Tapanui via Moa Flat yesterday we suddenly came upon these golden slopes, probably brassica flowers from a farm crop. Those are the Blue Mountains in the distance, behind Tapanui. West Otago, New Zealand. Nigel got a nice photo of the view so I've done a 1600px-wide image. Click on the photo to... Continue Reading →

Umbrella Mountains from Moa Flat

These three photos were taken from Moa Flat, same location as the photos in my last post  Moa Flat in Winter. This time Nigel is facing west to the Umbrella Mountains. I asked him to take photos as the snow patterns on the slopes were lovely. Each photo shows the Umbrella Mountains, but further to... Continue Reading →

Moa Flat in Winter

We stopped here to get some snow photos as we went through Moa Flat yesterday, on our way to Central Otago.  Here we're high up, before descending to Ettrick and then heading through Roxburgh into Central. New Zealand. These first two photos taken by Nigel 07 Aug 2019. Click on either of these photos to... Continue Reading →

Which Way from Gore?

This roadside verge is where Nigel and I were taking the achillea, utility-thing and "spider" (actually harvestman) photos I've posted recently. Thanks to Mike Powell who through the comments got me learning about harvestmen. This verge is by Highway 94 aka Waimea Highway that heads west out of Gore. If you like to see a... Continue Reading →

BW02: Lonely Tree

Black and White (02). I'm proud to feature two outstanding photos taken in New Zealand, not too far away from where I live, by Australia-based photographer Lignum Draco. He ventured into the remote Nevis Valley of Central Otago in search of a solitary tree by a small pond with a mountain backdrop that he'd heard... Continue Reading →

Mossburn Surrounds

These photos are all taken from the road and close to Mossburn, either as we were approaching the village or a few km down the road after we'd left. Mossburn, Northern Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz; 30 June, 2018 Dunrobin red tussock grassland. The Southland sub-species of red tussock is particularly fine and looks... Continue Reading →

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