Modest Cabbage Tree

Photos of the two of us having a wander yesterday, and a very cool-looking 'clothed' native cabbage tree, found when exploring alongside Commissioners Track, Roxburgh East in Central Otago. New Zealand. The lower section of the track has extensive blocks where native trees and shrubs have been planted, some parts quite intensively, and others scattered.... Continue Reading →

R. pachysanthum

My early-Spring report in response to questions on a previous blogpost. Rhododendron pachysanthum is one of a trio of special rhododendrons grouped close together in Bannerman Park, in Gore. This one had gorgeous cinnamon-coloured young foliage at the time, back in summer (16th January). I promised fellow bloggers Ann and Ellen I'd try to return... Continue Reading →

The Church

The Church of St. John The Evangelist is next door to 'The Vicarage' that featured in my last post. The two properties are side-by-side in the township of Milton, Clutha District, New Zealand. These photos were taken 25 March 2022, autumn in NZ. A beautiful day and we were on our way home from visiting... Continue Reading →

White in Autumn, NZ Natives

These photos are all New Zealand native plants that we came across on a very beautiful autumn day, 25 March. Each photo is selected for having a plant feature that's white. We started off in Dunedin Botanic Garden, drove to Ocean View/Brighton Beach and stopped at Milton on our way home. The first photo's by... Continue Reading →

Bright Colours, Autumn

Autumn pics from 25 March 2022. Photos 2-4 are native New Zealand plants. The first two photos are from Dunedin Botanic Garden. The last two are 'wild' plants growing above the beach at Ocean View, Dunedin.

Autumn in the South

A look back at an autumn visit to Hamilton Park in Gore, Southland which we visited on a mostly dull day, sunshine occasionally breaking through to brighten things up.. 30 April 2022. New Zealand. And I hope my northern hemisphere visitors get to enjoy a beautiful, colourful autumn as you enter into the new season.... Continue Reading →

Religious Observance

"Religious observances—I've often thought that's a wonderful word, observance. What's religious about it is that you're observant, you're keeping your ears, eyes and heart open for the presence of God." --Frederick Buechner The quote is from a 2002 article I read very recently in which the late Frederick Buechner was interviewed by Richard A. Kauffman... Continue Reading →

What The Light Found

Seven photos that I took on 25 March 2022 in Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand with the selection based on the theme of What The Light Found. In NZ March is the first month of autumn.

Moments In Nature

Moments in nature ~taking photos in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 25 March 2022 (autumn). The three pics of me were taken by Nigel. I stood on the seat (photo 1) to get the pic of kōwhai flowers and old pod (photo 2), it didn’t turn out great but I love our native kowhai!

Both Sides

This post explores the unexpected pleasure of coming upon an interesting street and small public park just north of Roxburgh at Lake Roxburgh village where a hydro dam spans the Clutha River (the dam also supports a public road and you can drive to the other side across the top of the dam). So here... Continue Reading →

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