Little Penguins

We walked down the path to Pilots Beach when we visited Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula on Saturday 10 October, afternoon. There's an area for viewing little blue penguins. The penguins come ashore at dusk so we didn't see any. Over the summer about 200 arrive here in the evening. Near Dunedin, New Zealand Fyi the... Continue Reading →

Gulls

While in Dunedin for a few days, I got to see a few gulls!Many more than I usually see.New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge This cutie was hanging out on the lawn at Dunedin Botanic Gardens. We did an afternoon trip to Taiaroa Head at the top end of Otago Peninsula. This is... Continue Reading →

More Spring Snow

Updated snow view from my front door, we're one month into "Spring" in New Zealand. Pics taken this morning. We're currently getting a mix of sun and snow showers by turn! Tapanui, West Otago. Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Mitchells Cottage

The building of this cottage began in the 1880s and was finally completed in 1904. It was built by two brothers with stone masonry techniques learned from their father in the Shetland Islands - John and Andrew Mitchell. According to the information sign, the cottage housed John and Jessie's family of 10 children. Andrew remained... 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 →

Cider Gum

This is the tree that I was admiring and photographing while enjoying the sound of tuis singing - the tuis were drawn by kōwhai trees that were covered in flowers nearby. This is a Eucalyptus gunnii from Tasmania, Australia otherwise known as Cider Gum. I admired its beautiful form and sweeping branches. Photos taken in... Continue Reading →

Powerhouse River

Roxburgh hydro dam, on the Clutha / Mata-Au River often referred to as the 'Mighty Clutha River'. I always feel huge respect for this amazing river. There's two big hydro dams on the Clutha - the Roxburgh Dam (completed 1957) and Clyde Dam (completed 1993). Here's some overview photos I took from the top of... Continue Reading →

Oh The Glow!

Golden foliage trees make a colourful splash in the landscape during winter when there's not much else to brighten the scene. These photos were taken by Nigel about a month ago when we went for a local walk. It was when daffodils were in bud but hardly any had opened. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh Dam

We turned off the main highway because I wanted to drive over the Roxburgh Dam. My photo's taken from the boat ramp after crossing. Central Otago, New Zealand. 16 Aug.

Bald Hill Flat

Our lovely Sunday afternoon drive (continued). I'd already mentioned that we were heading to Fruitlands, a wonderful scenic and historic area that pre-1915 was named Bald Hill Flat but then renamed Fruitlands in 1915 in recognition of fruit-growing efforts. This was short-lived as it was too cold but the name remains. It's a farming area... Continue Reading →

The Great Snow

"On 23 May 1861, in the gully which still bears his name, Read discovered gold, 'shining like the stars in Orion on a dark frosty night.' It was this discovery which revealed the potential of gold in Otago, and thereby initiated the series of discoveries and rushes which were to transform the economic, social and... Continue Reading →

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