Stark Difference

When the gold miners arrived in Central Otago in the 1860s they didn't bat an eyelid at radically and massively transforming the environment. The initial influx of individuals and small groups gave way to larger operations that harnessed the power of water to obliterate large parts of the landscape. They extracted relatively small amounts of... Continue Reading →

Old Orchard

Historic orchard remnant, pear and apricot trees. Planted early-1900s at a small community that grew in the 1860s with the arrival of gold miners and hydraulic sluicing. Stewart Town.. accessed via a walk through 'badlands'-type landscape, a large terrace destroyed and shaped by sluicing and related activities. Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand 31 October. ~first... Continue Reading →

Way To Go

East Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand. Three photos taken while we were wandering along Commissioners Track, and I spotted the windsock as we headed toward Millers Flat. 09 Oct 2022.

Snow Remnants

Snow remnants from our recent spring snow. /1. Native red tussock, roadside. Moa Flat /2. Apple orchard and snowy ridge, Ettrick /3. Snowy ridge, farm, sheep/lambs, Ettrick /4. Cultivated farm field, snowy ridge. Moa Flat

Takeover Bid

The first three photos were taken by me at Moa Flat when we pulled over to photograph the kōwhai tree in blossom.. it was looking very fine in the end-of-day sunshine. West Otago, New Zealand. 10 September (spring). And.. the last photo, by Nigel, was taken back in April (autumn), at Wilden, which is a... Continue Reading →

Lie of the Land

Backcountry views from a gravel side-road that runs through farmland between Middlemarch and Macraes, in a rural hinterland sitting right on the boundary between Dunedin City and Waitaki District, in Otago. New Zealand, 13 April, I've posted from this road before.. see !Cattle Stop Click on any photo to enlarge In the far distance is... Continue Reading →

A Bit Steep

The 'steep gradient' sign made us laugh as the car appears to be doing a nose-dive! Trust me, we definitely weren't anywhere near that angle as we drove down the hill. At the bottom of my post is a map showing where we stopped (marked in red). First three pics were taken there ~first 2... Continue Reading →

In The Spotlight

Recently we were driving back from Moa Flat toward Heriot when we got these dramatic views looking over toward the Blue Mountains at Tapanui. We knew the light wouldn't last long and Nigel quickly took a shot through the windscreen (1st photo below) and the other two were taken outside of the car. West Otago,... Continue Reading →

Sutton Salt Lake

Nigel visited this salt lake on 27 May 2021, I wasn't with him. The lake had no water. He told me he took the photo from the eastern shore of the lake with the view toward the west. This is on the eastern side of the Rock and Pillar Range and a little south of... Continue Reading →

One Tree Hill

Obvious title for a very eye-catching conical hill with a steep peak and a large tree perched right on top! ~viewed as we travelled from Moonlight to Middlemarch, Dunedin. Otago, New Zealand. Photos by Nigel. Actually, the first two photos were taken Sat 29 May 2021 as we made our homeward journey but the second... Continue Reading →

Moonlight Pond

My last post featured Butter and Egg Rd in the Moonlight sub-district of Waitaki, a little south of Macraes. We couldn't resist driving up the gravel road to the end where we came to Nenthorn Road and turned right, immediately encountering this wonderful farm pond complete with black swan couple and a flock of paradise... Continue Reading →

Back Country Otago

Central Otago back country is wonderful to explore, exhilarating to experience. Yesterday we drove to Roxburgh, crossed the hydro dam across the Clutha River, and continued on the east side of the river with the intention of looping back to town. But then we saw a side road heading off into what looked like interesting... Continue Reading →

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