I Go Weak

Admiring this brilliant photo by Steve Gingold I pondered the words for my title. I'd found the photo on his blog, requested permission, got a prompt response, and wanted to publish. I considered Silent Admiration (my response when I first saw the photo) but it seemed too ho-hum. I focused on the beauty of colour... Continue Reading →

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Fighting For The Fossils

Whoomph.. the volcano blew its top and left a crater. The big hole, shaped like an ice-cream cone, then filled with water. There was nothing to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the lake (described as "anoxic" i.e. no oxygen). Around the lake an evergreen rainforest, a "vine forest", supported all sorts of plant... Continue Reading →

Magnolia in Summer

Wandering through Gore Gardens on 25 January 2019, I noticed a magnolia flower. Looking more closely I observed three different flower phases in the part of the tree near to me. I was intrigued.. Scientific name:   Magnolia grandiflora 'Majestic Beauty' Common name:  'Majestic Beauty' Southern Magnolia Native to North America Cellphone photos, enlarged through cropping... Continue Reading →

Green and Cream

This shrub is in Queens Park, Invercargill not far from the Eye Tree that I've posted about recently. The foliage has really eye-catching colours! Two shades of green and a creamy white. This is a cultivar of a native New Zealand species, Griselinia littoralis. Photos taken by Liz Mar 02, 2019. Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand... Continue Reading →

Dracophyllum traversii

Pineapple tree, grass tree and mountain neinei are some of the common names of our native plant named Dracophyllum traversii. To see it in the wild you need to go for a reasonably serious day walk in order to get into the subalpine area where it lives. We've been to such an area in the... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen Pink

As we explored Maple Glen Gardens on 26 January 2019 I was surprised how much pink I came across in the gardens. I don't think we've visited at this time of year before and it looked quite different - the bright dahlias that I've already posted about and all these pink flowers that I found... Continue Reading →

In The Innards

In  Going, going, ...  we left Nigel swallowed up by giant gunnera leaves at Maple Glen Gardens, Southland, New Zealand. He disappeared from the outside world remarkably cheery, and true to form whipped out the camera and caught a view from the innards. Deep inside the innards of a gunnera Hapless victim happily bids farewell... Continue Reading →

What’s In The Bush?

Yesterday I showed you the fabulous entry to the Matai Falls Walk in the Catlins, South Otago, New Zealand and a few views of the first part of the path. Here I'll show you some of the plants I admired - in the same order that I photographed them. This will take us from where... Continue Reading →

Gunnera and Brunnera

Gunnera is like giant rhubarb and grows into a forest of huge leaves and stalks (it dies down in autumn and sprouts up again in spring). Brunnera is much more restrained with lovely sprays of forget-me-not flowers. When we walked through Bannerman Park near where we live on 02 Nov 2018, we found both of... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cafe Mural

Mural detail inside Patagonia's chocolate and ice-cream cafe, Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand - their flagship store on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Nigel took these yesterday, 27 Oct. *Click on the above photo to enlarge* The mural is on the wall behind the stairs that lead from the ground floor to the first floor... Continue Reading →

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