High Hopping Rates

These freshwater photos are from the historic daffodil property at Weatherstons near Lawrence, the site of the Black Horse Brewery that was in operation from 1866 until 1923 under various owners. Apparently the beer produced was of excellent quality and the water was an important factor - there's a photo with info about the water... Continue Reading →

Autumn in the South

A look back at an autumn visit to Hamilton Park in Gore, Southland which we visited on a mostly dull day, sunshine occasionally breaking through to brighten things up.. 30 April 2022. New Zealand. And I hope my northern hemisphere visitors get to enjoy a beautiful, colourful autumn as you enter into the new season.... Continue Reading →

Rocks

One feature of Central Otago is a lot of rock in the landscape. I took a couple of rock photos when we walked the Commissioners Track at East Roxburgh on 06 August. My first photo was taken at the end of the track, as I wandered about looking at what was there. It caught my... Continue Reading →

Berries, Rose Hips, me!

Cotoneaster berries and me taking photos of rose hips.. these pics were all taken by Nigel when we were at Lake Roxburgh Village looking around a semi-wild public park on 03 March, i.e. early autumn. Central Otago, New Zealand. These are the last photos from that visit but we've been over that way again today... Continue Reading →

Berries Rock

In my last post Conical I showed two photos with berries visible in the shots and today I thought I'd show you photos in which, this time, the berries are the subject. They were adding welcome brightness to the scene, fruits of a large sprawling Cotoneaster that'd spread over a wide expanse of rock. Photos... Continue Reading →

Stirrings

The Uvalde shooting ‘stirred something’ in him. So he gave up his gun. A touching article.. I read it earlier today, from the Washington Post:“He looked like my grandson. I mean, they could have been twins. They have the same face,” Small said, his voice shaky with emotion. “It just stirred something in me.” What... Continue Reading →

Whisky Gully Creek

This was our first walk into the Whisky Gully entry to the Blue Mountains today, just up the road from home in Tapanui. Delightful! Here's two of my first pics, taken near the start of the track.. Whisky Gully Creek. Good Friday, afternoon, 15 April. West Otago, New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

Look into the Bush

When we visited Dunsdale Reserve yesterday there were many ferns and mosses along the way, edging the path, edging the stream, and growing as ground cover on the forest floor. Very pretty, even on a dull day. Hokonui Forest, Southland, New Zealand. ~ photos by me, except for the last lovely pic taken by Nigel... Continue Reading →

Glistening Green

I was stunned to see this photo appear in my twitter feed recently, a Glistening-Green Tanager in the rain photographed in Ecuador Cloud Forest. I don't recall seeing photos of this bird before and I was amazed by the vibrant green plumage ~and it looks so beautiful sitting on the mossy branch in the rain!... Continue Reading →

On Track

Reporting on our Covid elimination effort, as well as sharing walking track photos from Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Today was our big chance, for people outside of Auckland/Coromandel, to perhaps have our alert level reduced with the big announcement by our PM Jacinda Ardern scheduled for 3pm. I thought there might... Continue Reading →

Green Seen

Took these photos at our local Black Gully Reserve on 23 May 2021, green things were looking very pretty that day. The last photo is of rocks in the path that I took a fancy to .. because I think they look like butterfly wings! Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. FYI, we don't escape American... Continue Reading →

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