Lord and Lady

This Paradise Duck pair were lording it over the Dunedin Botanic Garden main pond when I visited on a dull day on 19 May. These ducks are endemic to New Zealand and are the size of a large duck or small goose. There's no shortage of them, they're the second most common duck in NZ... Continue Reading →

Sam Hunt, Portobello Pub

Had a couple of nights in Dunedin. One highlight was the opportunity to visit a new exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, an important one but I'll explain why in another post. When it opened to the public on Saturday we attended the introductory talk and then returned again today (Sunday). This painting (below) is... Continue Reading →

Tuatara Ambassador

I was overjoyed on Monday to receive an email from grandmother Ellen (aka Gem) in the USA who told me all about how her young grandson Benjamin is still a "Tuatara Ambassador". He first learned of them from my 2018 blog-post when he was only four and in the post-comments at the time, Ellen told... Continue Reading →

Ocean View

Here's the beach where we found the island ~as per yesterday's post. Lovely long white sand beach, waves, wildlife (an oystercatcher) and a beach island! Ocean View, Dunedin, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. From the carpark, on my way down to the beach with Nigel waiting. View to the left after getting... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Living

These are from the big local photo-walk I did on 29 March. Poultry, cattle, magpies and a sweet pet dog that was out with his owner who was riding along the footpath on a mobility scooter. Bob and Buddy they were. Buddy's tail was wagging furiously although that's not apparent in the pic! Tapanui, West... Continue Reading →

Busy Guy

We were out driving this afternoon and found this cool guy busy working at the front of his property, near the mailbox. He's a fair dinkum kiwi 'cause he's wearing his Red Band gumboots!  Waitahuna, near Lawrence. Clutha District, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. While I was taking photos, Nigel sneakily took... Continue Reading →

Marking The Spot

Lockdown in New Zealand isn't nearly as restrictive as it was so Nigel's now free to travel to jobs and visit farms. Yesterday on a lovely autumn afternoon he visited a farm not far from home where he was engaged in project management at short notice as a digger driver was available to do a... Continue Reading →

Not Forgotten

I haven't been able to keep up with all the photos we've taken this year so I've got an 'archive'. I took this photo of young pine trees at Queens Park in Invercargill on 24 February and it seems the best fit for my post today, beautiful fresh young trees with lots of life in... Continue Reading →

Huffy Puffy

Introducing you to Huffy Puffy the handsome white male turkey that inhabits an animal enclosure at Queens Park in Invercargill. I've only posted a  Bum Photo  of this delightful bird before but during our visit yesterday he again came over to us and showed us his fine plumage. He doesn't seem to have much luck... Continue Reading →

Bum Photo, Turkey

This white male turkey was making every effort to court the white female turkey in the enclosure. He'd puffed up all his body feathers, raised his tail feathers, and was strutting quietly and attentively around her. Not so easily impressed, she walked off to a little hut and ignored him. Meanwhile I'd been watching from... 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 →

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