Local Autumn Walk

These are four remaining photos from the local autumn walk that we did in our town on 30 March 2020, soon after New Zealand had gone into Level 4 lockdown for Covid. I took the berry shots as we were on our way to the rugby grounds and I found the tile drain pipes stacked... Continue Reading →

Angels Trumpet

Took these yesterday at the Winter Garden Conservatory glasshouse in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. It was lovely to walk through the conservatory and enjoy the warmth and flowers as it was quite chilly outside. These were quick photos I took with my cellphone when I saw the showy flowers of Brugmansia (Angels Trumpet). Text... Continue Reading →

Joy at Midnight

In New Zealand we move down to Covid-19 alert level one from midnight tonight. Essentially this means life returns to normal within New Zealand. Obviously border controls / quarantine will remain. We now have no active cases and it's 17 days since the last new case was reported in NZ. Awesome news!!! Two paragraphs this... Continue Reading →

Fading Away

Early winter here in New Zealand, the (deciduous) trees are shedding their leaves. I love the autumn season but still sad to see those lovely colours falling to the ground to slowly fade, waste away and decay. Still pretty though, when we did a local walk on 05 June. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos... Continue Reading →

Live For The Day

These leaves put on a blazing, bright display before the inevitable fall, to lie around in the litter and eventually decay. To me they say ... Live for the day, brighten each moment, be brave! Don't worry too much about tomorrow, else you'll forfeit the joy of today. Photos taken by Nigel during our local... Continue Reading →

Autumn Gold

Late yesterday afternoon I struck gold, this autumn beauty, found further along our street in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. By Liz, using Nigel's cellphone

NZs Iconic Flax

New Zealand flax is everywhere in NZ. If you visit here hoping to see flax you won't be disappointed - it's along roadsides, by the beach, along driveways, on mountain sides, perched on cliffs, on the edges of swamps, in public parks and in home gardens. Driving in rural areas you'll likely see green flax... Continue Reading →

Colour Shift

Falling fast into Fall. The colours here in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand are changing fast as, in the southern hemisphere, we head into 'real' autumn. The shift happens quickly, previously plain plants now basking in a moment of glory. All photos taken by Nigel with his Olympus digital camera, edited by me. Autumn colours... Continue Reading →

Damsel in Gore

Another damselfly flew in to have his/her photo taken when we popped into Gore Gardens on our way home in the afternoon. Nigel had his cellphone handy and took these photos. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken 24 Feb 2020. Our first damselfly encounter had been in Invercargill earlier in the day. Mike Powell, any... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon and Silver

Marlborough Rock Daisy, endemic to New Zealand. Pachystegia insignis RHS and another species LHS. Liz, Christmas Day 2019, Dunedin Botanic Garden.

Webby Hedge

Leaving home to walk to our local cafe Top Nosh for a Valentine's Day brunch, Nigel was taken with all the dewy webs on the box hedge by our path - they were making a great show. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. First image cropped from the second Click on the following image to enlarge... Continue Reading →

Fierce Lancewood

Fierce lancewood trees with new growth at the top. Pseudopanax ferox at Dunedin Botanic Garden, endemic to New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel 24 December 2019. Cropped from the above photo (notice the saw-tooth edges) My other recent post about lancewoods Link: for more detailed photos Text by Liz, photos by Nigel. Exploring Colour (2020)

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