Moa Footprints On Display

In March this year a farm worker taking dogs for a swim, found moa footprints under the water of the Kyeburn River in Central Otago. For the record, his name is Michael Johnston. We owe him big time for being so observant and ensuring that his find was properly investigated by those with the knowledge... Continue Reading →

Shifting Samson

The West Otago Vintage Museum is just up the road from us and there's some interesting goings-on at times. One day we heard a loud clattering noise and a quick look outside made us curious about the tractor machinations in progress. I gave chase while Nigel got some shots from our driveway. Tapanui, West Otago,... Continue Reading →

Asleep At The Wheel

Just up the road from us is the West Otago Vintage Museum. Looking through the glass, I had a chuckle at this comatose character perched on the tractor seat. Tapanui, New Zealand

Alpine Reef Water Wheel, Alexandra

The Alpine Reef Water Wheel is displayed outside the front of the Alexandra Museum and Art Gallery. Wheel diameter is 6.8m. There are 45 buckets. Bucket capacity: 115 litres. Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. ** Click on photo to enlarge ** It came from a gold mine at a reef 1600 metres above sea level. The... Continue Reading →

Into the Tuatarium

Live tuatara can be seen at Southland Museum and Art Gallery in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. I was there on 14 March 2018 and would like to share something of the tuatara experience with you. I REALLY like the colourful tuatara logo they use at both entrances into the Museum! The cafe in the museum... Continue Reading →

Otago Museum Native Garden (Part 5)

Final post in the Otago Museum Native Garden series (visited Sunday 23 July 2017). Dunedin, New Zealand. Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4 In this photo we have rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum) on the left and Southern rata (Metrosideros umbellata) on the right. Rimu is one of my favourite native trees,... Continue Reading →

Otago Museum Native Garden (Part 4)

This post continues three previous posts of the Otago Museum Native Garden (visited Sunday 23 July 2017). Dunedin, New Zealand. Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3 Just along from the kauri tree (faintly visible at extreme right) is this group of three trees comprised of - from left - totara, lancewood and karaka.... Continue Reading →

Otago Museum Native Garden (Part 3)

This post continues on from Part 2 of the Otago Museum Native Garden (visited Sunday 23 July 2017). Dunedin, New Zealand. Also Part 1 and Part 4. The tall tree is a rewarewa tree and to its left are the taraire tree and the Moeraki Boulder discussed in my last post (Part 2). The rewarewa... Continue Reading →

Otago Museum Native Garden (Part 2)

This post continues on from Part 1 of the Otago Museum Native Garden (visited Sunday 23 July 2017). Dunedin, New Zealand. Part 3  |  Part 4 A Moeraki Boulder is sited prominently near the side entrance to the museum. Above the boulder we see the foliage of a taraire tree (Beilschmeidia tarairi). The boulder is... Continue Reading →

Otago Museum Native Garden (Part 1)

Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand has a long, narrow native garden between the museum building and Great King Street. There is an amazing variety of native trees in the small space available including several species that don't naturally grow this far south but seem to be doing well in the warmth and shelter of... Continue Reading →

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