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 →

Seating at Switzers

When we visited the location of the old 1860s gold mining town of Switzers near Waikaia, I also took photos of the concrete picnic table and seats that are near the church. What a lovely place this is, and I'm so glad to now live near here. To see the church and the detail of... Continue Reading →

Spring Smiles: we'd just started walking into Queens Park when something in the periphery of our vision didn't seem quite right. We looked up...this really cool little bear was beaming down at us from a tree. First day of Spring 01 Sept, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand

Beauty Series: Hazelwood

On this glittering May morning the sunlight bounces off the sea loch in bright fractal patterns. In the foreground sedge and grasshopper warblers natter and reel in the rushy pasture while a cuckoo sounds off from the top of a nearby rowan. Between the two, about half a mile away, is rocky ridge covered in... Continue Reading →

Everyday Nature. Street verge detail in residential area of Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Tree root with lichen, moss and other natural bits and pieces. Taken by Liz 29 June 2018

Rock Solid

Nearly missed taking a photo of this big boulder. I'd just got comfy in the car after being out in the cold, looked out the window, and realized I'd forgotten to photo this rock when I was outside. So back outside I went ... Butchers Gully, Butchers Dam, Lye Bow Road, Alexandra; Central Otago, New... Continue Reading →

Australia – True Colours

I love New Zealand and this is where my heart is, but you just can't beat the colourful landscapes of Australia (not to mention the huge variety of colourful birds). I'm totally in LOVE with the colours of Australia! Some time ago I found an amazing blog by a couple of Australian adventurers and I... Continue Reading →

Appreciating Trees

Following on from yesterdays Bountiful Blossom post, I want to share with you some other beautiful trees that were nearby. Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken Sun 26 Nov 2017. This Horse Chestnut tree is looking beautiful with its lovely display of candle flowers. It also provides a nice pool of shade... Continue Reading →

A Walk on the Wild Side at Hereweka

After leaving the flower and vegetable gardens we headed into the Gondwanaland wilderness area. [Note: this post continues yesterday's exploration of Hereweka Gardens, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand. Garden visited Sunday 29 Oct 2017] Native tree ferns are bursting into growth and their graceful fronds create beautiful effects   Photo (above) shows a nikau palm... Continue Reading →

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