Very Familiar

Photo selection from the initial part of the bush walk at Black Gully Reserve, a very short drive from where we live in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. These were taken yesterday in the early evening, not long before sunset. I chose to take photos of things that are very ordinary to me, so ordinary... Continue Reading →

Aging Gracefully

On my local walk 29 March when I took many photos, I caught the colours and textures of this weathered fire hydrant marker-post on the shaded side of a road at the outer edge of town. It's a concrete post painted yellow but nature's been very busy adding lots of extra interest! Nearby I found... Continue Reading →

Cute as a button

These red toadstools at Maple Glen garden in Glenham, Southland, New Zealand were adorable and as you now know I took lots of photos! They're one of the joys of the autumn season. Toadstool photos I've already posted .. one at Autumn Easter and five at Murder and Mayhem. We visited on 04 April 2021.... Continue Reading →

Murder and Mayhem

Most of us don't know the half of what's going on in our gardens. In her latest blogpost Ann Mackay ends a paragraph with "Just shows how much murder and mayhem is going on among the beasties that live in our gardens!" and this is true. Murder and mayhem may also originate from plants and... Continue Reading →

Autumn Easter

I put this on twitter today to remind northerners that in the southern hemisphere Easter is in autumn! Taken at Maple Glen Garden on Easter Sunday, 04 April. Southland, New Zealand.

Characters in Tapanui

From a neighbourhood stroll this evening. Tapanui, West Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand. Frog letterbox, Tapanui School. Māori gateway, Tapanui School. "Together We Learn And Grow" Cutest-ever decorative cat, private property entrance.

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 →

Botanical Charts

These hand-painted botanical teaching charts were produced for the Imperial College of Japan. Imperial Universities were founded by the Empire of Japan between 1886 and 1939, and were Japan's most prestigious institutions during Imperial rule. From:  A Garden of Earthly Delights (exhibition) At:        Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand The exhibition runs until August 11, 2019... Continue Reading →

Live and Let Live

Life found on the roadside verge, a short drive from our home in Gore. I noticed these pink achillea recently and Nigel took me back yesterday to get some photos. Some feature small-animal life as well. Taken with Nigel's cellphone, both taking turns at being photographer. Southland, New Zealand Pink achillea with a colourful little... Continue Reading →

Heads Up, Waikaia

Another interesting aside that dates back to our Waikaia trip on 20 October 2018. After we'd arrived and parked outside the pub we went for a bit of a walk. We found ourselves on this street with houses down one side and a wide tree-lined grassy verge on the other. It looked inviting so we... Continue Reading →

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