Confronting Covid

In Dunedin on Sunday 01 November we'd attended Knox Church (Presbyterian) in the morning and as we were leaving I caught a glimpse of palm tree flowers in the garden. This is what we saw once we'd found our way to the palm which, by the way, isn't native. Photos taken by Nigel. - and... Continue Reading →

Spec-tacular Giraffe

Very stressy yesterday afternoon, my driver's license had expired and I didn't know if they'd issue me a new one. The eye-test ... looking into the machine what I saw bore no relation to what I was supposed to see. This meant I had to visit an optometrist who was a complete stranger, on the... Continue Reading →

Royal Wolf

In Dunedin on Christmas Day we were taking photos of a mural by a carpark but I also wandered over to a shipping container to look at the Royal Wolf logo. I've often admired these but never had the opportunity to be so close. Having photographed the logo I got interested in the marks around... Continue Reading →

Our Addiction to Synthetic Polymers

"Powerful illustrated story on the Guardian, about all of the plastic waste ever generated and where it's gone... Meanwhile plastic production continues unabated and half of all the plastic made since 1950 was made in just the last 13 years." Tweeted by Scion* June 25, 2019. [Link to the story below] LINK:  to the illustrated... Continue Reading →

Natural History

"These twelve vibrantly coloured posters are from a set of 86 acquired for use as instructional and visual aids by William Blaxland Benham, Professor of Biology at the University of Otago from 1898 ... they were produced from 1894 onwards, by Fromann & Morian, a printing house in Darmstadt, Germany that existed from 1850 -... Continue Reading →

Botanical Charts

These hand-painted botanical teaching charts were produced for the Imperial College of Japan. Imperial Universities were founded by the Empire of Japan between 1886 and 1939, and were Japan's most prestigious institutions during Imperial rule. From:  A Garden of Earthly Delights (exhibition) At:        Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand The exhibition runs until August 11, 2019... Continue Reading →

Fossil Lake, Foulden Maar

Beautiful drawing of Foulden Maar fossil lake deposit. "This reconstruction of the 23-million-year-old fossil lake deposit Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand, was commissioned by palaeontologist Dr Daphne Lee and drawn by artist/ecologist Dr Paula Peeters. The preservation of the site is so good that individual flowers, leaves, and insects can be identified. The drawing... Continue Reading →

They Don’t Bat an Eyelid

It seems that huge commercial interests don't bat an eyelid at mining 23 MILLION years of preserved history and processing it into poultry and pig feed. I've recently shared with you the amazing discovery of ancient moa footprints and NOW, only a short distance away, at Foulden Maar... Credit: By Kimberley Collins - Own work,... Continue Reading →

Sgt Dan and Christmas

Sergeant Dan on the wall of the old porridge factory in Gore is all decked out for Christmas. Nigel and I were surprised on 22 Oct to find that Sergeant Dan is now sporting a Santa hat courtesy of the local radio station. For more info about Sgt Dan see my previous post  I Am... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cafe Mural

Mural detail inside Patagonia's chocolate and ice-cream cafe, Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand - their flagship store on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Nigel took these yesterday, 27 Oct. *Click on the above photo to enlarge* The mural is on the wall behind the stairs that lead from the ground floor to the first floor... Continue Reading →

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