Peace and Quiet

The cafe in Tuatara Lodge, Invercargill is my go-to place to sit down with good food, a hot drink and just chill out and forget about everything else. Yesterday (Saturday) I sat down to enjoy one of my favourite comfort foods - savoury mince on toast - which they do really well. Later I had... Continue Reading →

Blue Mountains, Tapanui

It's three weeks since we moved to our recently purchased cottage in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Today was a beautiful autumn day and I went for a walk up our street, following it until I reached the outer edge of town. I took these photos of the Blue Mountains which dominate the landscape to... Continue Reading →

Queenstown Gardens

The first photo is taken by me from in front of the Bath House Cafe on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. The mountain is Cecil Peak. The peninsula covered in trees is Queenstown Gardens. Between the Bath House Cafe and the gardens are playgrounds for children of various ages from tiny tots to older children.... Continue Reading →

BW02: Lonely Tree

Black and White (02). I'm proud to feature two outstanding photos taken in New Zealand, not too far away from where I live, by Australia-based photographer Lignum Draco. He ventured into the remote Nevis Valley of Central Otago in search of a solitary tree by a small pond with a mountain backdrop that he'd heard... Continue Reading →

Mossburn Surrounds

These photos are all taken from the road and close to Mossburn, either as we were approaching the village or a few km down the road after we'd left. Mossburn, Northern Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz; 30 June, 2018 Dunrobin red tussock grassland. The Southland sub-species of red tussock is particularly fine and looks... Continue Reading →

Mossburn Diner-saur

Diner-saur, Dear and Deer! As we were leaving the rural Southland village of Mossburn on Saturday we drove past this diner. Now, 'diners' aren't common in New Zealand. Diners are an 'American' thing and when they occur in NZ they're usually retro, antiquated-looking places. This was no exception. What drew my attention was the long... Continue Reading →

Gold on the Shotover, Queenstown

Although autumn colours are only just starting, I did find gold on the Shotover in some poplar trees by the Old Shotover Bridge. Gold against green actually, very pretty! These two photos are taken with The Remarkables in the background View immediately upstream of the Old Shotover Bridge. Following the path to the left would... Continue Reading →

Shotover Showtime, Queenstown

The Old Shotover Bridge, Lower Shotover, Queenstown. With anticipation I climbed up to the level of the bridge deck. The scenery is lovely and autumn colours were already underway. I walked a short way along the bridge and took the first photo below, looking toward the Queenstown side. Later I took the second photo -... Continue Reading →

Scenic Shotover River, Queenstown

Good Friday found us heading to Queenstown as Nigel in his work as Landscape Architect had an appointment there. I spent time wandering around re-acquainting myself with the Lower Shotover River area, famed for its scenic beauty especially in autumn. The colours are only just starting. I found myself under the modern Shotover River bridge,... Continue Reading →

Arid Alexandra in Central Otago

Our journey home from Wanaka didn't start till late in the day and when we got to Alexandra I suggested to Nigel that we break the journey there and take a motel for the night. The next morning after breakfast we drove to a lookout high above the town to take in the scenery. Central... Continue Reading →

Sunrise on Upper Kananaskis Lake (Canada)

Today I'm sharing two outstanding photos by Christopher James Martin of Christopher Martin Photography. I was captivated by the contrast of dark and light, the moodiness, the wildness and the majestic scenery. These are two images that I've selected from his recent post (01 Sept 2017) and are used with permission. I recommend you visit... Continue Reading →

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