Warm Welcome

When we visit Invercargill we tend to end up at Waxy's Irish Pub where there's a warm welcome, good food and relaxing atmosphere. It's a bonus if one of the round booths is available! Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken Saturday 14 September 2019. Irish map on the ceiling! I heard the sound of a... Continue Reading →

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Magical

For  Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63  Leya has challenged participants with "What is Magical to you?". She recalled reading The Secret Garden* as a young woman and how "over the years it has occupied an enchanted and magical place in my heart". *The Secret Garden is a classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I found... Continue Reading →

Colourful Fountain in Oamaru

We were in Oamaru on Thursday 05 September and had enjoyed an early evening stroll in the public gardens. Then we went on to  The Last Post pub/restaurant  for dinner where I was told the fountain in the gardens is a coloured fountain at night. We drove back to the gardens and sure enough the... Continue Reading →

Silent Light

There's something in the experience of stillness, simplicity and silence that's a blessed balm in the busyness of business as usual. Contemplate for a moment the silence and beauty of this simple space. The play of light and shadow on the textured floor.

Casafuego, Fire House

Casafuego Eatery & Bar (literally “fire house” in Spanish), in a building that used to be a fire station. Mexican cafe/restaurant. I took these photos January 28 and didn't get around to blogging. Balclutha, South Otago, New Zealand. Text by Liz, photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

Variegated Cabbage Trees

Yesterday in Queens Park, Invercargill we walked to 'The Stumpery' along a path from the main gardens and found these beautiful variegated cabbage trees lighting up the late winter landscape. Cabbage trees are native to NZ with the usual form having green leaves. These are probably Cordyline australis 'Albertii', a stunning variegated form with a... Continue Reading →

Alexandra in Winter (NZ)

The clouds seem to extend the reach of the tree branches, and I like the long shadows. Red crabapples provide bright colour on this winter day. Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. Taken 08 Aug by Liz.

Not Mine

This light, this life   -- 'cascade' poem by Jane Dougherty. Blog:   Jane Dougherty Writes Mixed media art by Jodi McKinney. Nature photos by Nigel and Liz. The words are from the original post at:  This light, this life This light, this life --  poem by Jane Dougherty This light that shines is not... Continue Reading →

Touch of Gold

Willow bathed in late winter sunshine, Old Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand. Heritage precinct. Old cart and dredge bucket. Taken by Liz 08 Aug 2019.

Hullabaloo Two

In my last post* I introduced you to the  Hullabaloo Art Space  in the  Cromwell Heritage Precinct. The art on display was amazing - I took lots more photos than I'd anticipated! The gallery itself is light and airy, uncluttered.. a very pleasant place to spend time in. The artworks are extremely creative, varied, and... Continue Reading →

Giant fruit sculpture in Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand, home of many fruit orchards. On a dark winter evening they're an impressive sight! Taken by Nigel 07 Aug 2019.

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