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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Winter Cheer

Yesterday we made an afternoon trip to Invercargill and spent some time at Queens Park. Winter has arrived and it's been wet and cold for days on end - grey cloud, drizzle and rain. It felt wonderful to get out of the car for a walk in the park and find that even in winter... Continue Reading →

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 →

Colours and Cobwebs

Celebrating our southern autumn and adding a bit of balance to all the spring fever from the northern hemisphere.. the final photos from my Wednesday walk up the street plus a shot of cobwebs strewn along our little box hedge on a recent dewy morning. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand ... And then suddenly it... 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 →

Flax flower heads and leaves. View across the harbour entrance to Tiwai Point aluminium smelter from Stirling Point. Bluff, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 13 Nov 2018

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