Summer Red

Pōhutukawa flowers, our New Zealand 'Christmas Tree', are sensational. Here's three different examples we came across yesterday 18 Jan, at Dunedin Botanic Garden. We also saw plenty flowering in gardens along the south coast road to Taieri Mouth, on our way home. Click on any photo to enlarge. Metrosideros excelsa At the main top carpark... Continue Reading →

Berry Nice

Astelia berries. You've recently seen our photos of native astelias alongside ferns in the bush but the female plants' beautiful flowers become a bountiful crop of berries and they're beginning to ripen now. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. I saw these berries within an astelia at Dunsdale Reserve, Southland on 05 Jan.... Continue Reading →

Nature Details

When we take a nature walk there's so much to see although you have to keep your eyes peeled and look around with a sense of anticipation and expectation. Seek and ye shall find! Today's photos all taken by Nigel when we visited Dunsdale Reserve, Southland, New Zealand on 05 Jan 2022. Click on any... Continue Reading →

Button Fern

Cute fern native to New Zealand and deserving of its own post, Pellaea rotundifolia. [Hasty update: or is it Cranfillia fluviatilis, syn. Blechnum fluviatile?]. Beautiful to find this growing in the bush! We found it on our walk in Dunsdale Reserve on 05 January, 2022. Southland, New Zealand. Click on any 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 →

Back Country Visit

Drove 6km off Glencoe Highway through farmland and forest to Dunsdale Reserve. "A forestry road provides access to this attractive remnant of native forest, characterised by matai and kahikatea." We then walked part of the one hour return walking track into Hokonui Forest. ~05 Jan 2022. Southland, New Zealand This was an off-the-cuff exploration. I... Continue Reading →

Merry Mistletoe

Native mistletoe. Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago. 26 Dec. Fantastic colour [brightness/contrast adjustment only, no saturation] New Zealand.

Frondly Ghosts

Crown ferns and new growth, looking a little ghostly Christmas morning, sunshine yet to filter through. Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealand.

White Christmas

I found myself with a few local 'white' Christmas photos after a wander around town. These were all taken on Boxing Day except for the white ducks and the pigeons - I took those on Christmas Day. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

30 Years Wed Today

Celebrated 30 yrs wed today! 1. Moa at Moa Flat's all dressed up. 2. Lovely lady owner at Monte Christo Gardens gave us an enormous punnet of strawberries 'because it's a special day'. 3. We happily photographed Wild Flowers. 4. Then treats at Post Office Cafe & Bar. ~Central Otago, New Zealand. Text by Liz,... Continue Reading →

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