Crawling With Ladybirds

Some time ago Nigel spotted this red car in Dunedin and it's a beauty! The guy on the left is legging it.. ladybird phobia, I wonder? Nigel's take: reluctantly using his wife's car and it's like ... SHAME !!!  Any other ideas? (apart from 'he wants to get out of the photo') To enlarge a... Continue Reading →

Shadow of Myself

Some of you already follow shoreacres aka Linda Leinen and it's my loss that I didn't follow her two blogs earlier. I found the post Shadow Play yesterday and Linda has kindly given me permission to re-post it on my blog. The photo of the beautiful blue dasher was taken by Linda. The photo of... Continue Reading →

Tapestry Wings, Moth by Pete Hillman. Antique colours, tapestry wings.

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 →

Seafaring Butterfly

This unusual photo of a butterfly flying over water captured my imagination. As soon as I saw it on Sunday evening I felt compelled to write a poem so this wannabe poet swung into action, spending two or three hours labouring over the words to express my feelings about the scene. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flying... Continue Reading →

Live and Let Live

Life found on the roadside verge, a short drive from our home in Gore. I noticed these pink achillea recently and Nigel took me back yesterday to get some photos. Some feature small-animal life as well. Taken with Nigel's cellphone, both taking turns at being photographer. Southland, New Zealand Pink achillea with a colourful little... Continue Reading →

Immortelle

Everlasting flower, strawflower, paper daisy or immortelle.. whatever you call them these are wonderful, cheerful flowers. So I'm sharing some everlasting cheer with you, and other cheerful things I've found too. Where've I found all this cheer? From the good folks at Riverstone where Dot and her family and her castle are to be found,... Continue Reading →

Common Tussock Butterfly

At Moa Flat we also saw an occasional butterfly. Nigel managed to get a photo of a butterfly with its wings open and I got a smaller photo of the underside of a butterfly's wing. After looking online it seems our butterfly is probably a Common Tussock aka Tussock Ringlet. Scientific name is Argyrophenga antipodum.... Continue Reading →

Bright Spot, Red

We visited Maple Glen Gardens on 26 January and were both very taken with the showy bright red dahlias. We found the gardens to be particularly colourful at this time of year and the dahlias are especially eye-catching! It was a very windy afternoon and the photography was challenging. Maple Glen is at Glenham, near... Continue Reading →

Humungous Dragonfly

Two days ago I found a New Zealand blog newly started in early January.. Lili published a post about her first alpine tramp (serious hike) and her story included the encounter with this fabulous dragonfly

Prey, Dance With Me

Yesterday we were in Invercargill and Bluff on a fine but windy day and we had a great time. Took lots of photos. Saw new and interesting things. Just sayin' because I haven't got time to make much of a post just now but thought I'd share this character with you that I found in... Continue Reading →

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