Monarch of Fire Mountain

Monarch butterfly on Dahlia 'Fire Mountain', photos taken yesterday at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I was fortunate to be standing there, nearly ready to photograph the dahlia flowers, when in flew the monarch butterfly!

Struck Gold!

Happy to get this shot of a honeybee visiting a kōwhai flower at Dunedin Botanic Garden today in the native collection. I saw a bee enter a flower (and completely disappear up into the flower), got my camera focused and waited for it to back out again 😀 Part of a string of old seed... Continue Reading →

Pink Eucalyptus

This pink blossom was a stunning sight as we walked up Braids Hill to the beach access walking path. I've noticed it before from the car while driving past and relished the opportunity to now spend time there and take photos, as did Nigel. Wonderful too, to see pink blossom in autumn! Ocean View, Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

Bee Feast

Pleased with myself getting this pic of a busy bee. Tiny flowers, and the bees would often land and take straight off again. Nearly gave up but took this one shot before I left. This was in a churchyard in Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand. ~yesterday [detail pic is a crop]. If you know what... Continue Reading →

Fading Beauty

I'm constantly inspired by the work of a myriad of different writers, photographers, artists, tweeters, and the folk who view and comment. This post is nothing to do with me apart from acting as curator.. Fading Beauty. Credits: Leaf skeleton images.. via twitter, from incidental naturalist @IncNaturalist. I was delighted to find David has an... Continue Reading →

Fun Front Fence

When we were over on the East Coast last week we spied this eye-catching front fence decorated with critters, and flowers. Adorable! South Island, New Zealand.

Murder and Mayhem

Most of us don't know the half of what's going on in our gardens. In her latest blogpost Ann Mackay ends a paragraph with "Just shows how much murder and mayhem is going on among the beasties that live in our gardens!" and this is true. Murder and mayhem may also originate from plants and... Continue Reading →

Visitors Are Welcome

Flowers, flies, bees and bugs from the solitary local walk I did on 29 March. Some of these visitors were unseen by me until found on the laptop screen! I welcome their presence and enjoy getting an insight into nature's daily buzz. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. The first... Continue Reading →

Two’s Company

And three's a crowd. A red damselfly pair who were 'company' appeared none-too-pleased when more males turned up. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand. 31 Jan 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge (various sizes). By The Pond They flared their wings and body if another male came near. Didn't get much peace either... Continue Reading →

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