Sam Hunt, Portobello Pub

Had a couple of nights in Dunedin. One highlight was the opportunity to visit a new exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, an important one but I'll explain why in another post. When it opened to the public on Saturday we attended the introductory talk and then returned again today (Sunday). This painting (below) is... Continue Reading →

Tuatara Ambassador

I was overjoyed on Monday to receive an email from grandmother Ellen (aka Gem) in the USA who told me all about how her young grandson Benjamin is still a "Tuatara Ambassador". He first learned of them from my 2018 blog-post when he was only four and in the post-comments at the time, Ellen told... Continue Reading →

Go With The Flow

Not far from Tapanui as we drive north on the highway, there's a long line of our native cabbage trees. On this particular day there was also a very strong relentless wind, it held so steady that the trees were given no respite. This meant that their leaves steadily flowed in the wind without bouncing... Continue Reading →

Fantabulous Fantail

A chirpy chatterer accompanied us for much of our walk today. Fantails tend to hang around when you're walking, hoping to grab insects from the disturbed leaf litter. I was keen to get shots of the tail fanned-out wide because some of you were interested in this and I didn't get such a shot for... 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 →

Cabbage Tree Cheer

We're two-thirds of the way through Spring and our native cabbage trees are putting on a wonderful show, flowering profusely. Nigel was driving home yesterday and looked for somewhere to stop in order to get pictures. These were all taken from the one stop, a little north of Kingston and by Lake Wakatipu. New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Community

I took these photos 30 March 2020 when New Zealand was in early Level 4 lockdown for Covid, we were one month into the autumn season. Nigel and I had taken a Monday exercise walk, finding our way to the town rugby fields and then wandering back via the golf course. Tapanui, West Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Busy Guy

We were out driving this afternoon and found this cool guy busy working at the front of his property, near the mailbox. He's a fair dinkum kiwi 'cause he's wearing his Red Band gumboots!  Waitahuna, near Lawrence. Clutha District, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. While I was taking photos, Nigel sneakily took... Continue Reading →

Joy to the World

Spring was very present and pleasant in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens today. Near the top of the gardens I stood under a big Eucalyptus gunnii tree taking pics of it, and all around me I heard tui song - full surround sound! They sang endlessly at top volume, the whole gamut of their usual crazy... Continue Reading →

NZs Iconic Flax

New Zealand flax is everywhere in NZ. If you visit here hoping to see flax you won't be disappointed - it's along roadsides, by the beach, along driveways, on mountain sides, perched on cliffs, on the edges of swamps, in public parks and in home gardens. Driving in rural areas you'll likely see green flax... Continue Reading →

Clever Costume

Four Square is an iconic brand in New Zealand, a national network of grocery stores easily recognised by the colourful number four and the "four square man" always on display. I was just reading at the  Four Square website  that "Four Square turns 95 in 2019 - having been founded in 1924". This afternoon we... Continue Reading →

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