Fiordland, New Zealand

I recently found Samuel Bloch on Twitter - he's been travelling in New Zealand and taking awesome photos. Samuel describes himself as a French birder and photographer. He has a WP blog  Eiwawar  which I follow. Today he published a particularly fine post with photos of scenery and birdlife that he encountered while travelling the... Continue Reading →

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Kakapo Chicks

Kakapo are a very special and endearing native New Zealand parrot of which there are few left (currently only 142 alive, plus 72 chicks that aren't included in the count until they're older). The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital has been caring for a lot of this season's chicks - today I found a great video about... Continue Reading →

Walking Distance

Unusually nice day on Saturday for a winter weekend. After visiting our local cafe we did a loop walk around part of town and enjoyed the bright landscape - nice change from all the grey we've had over the last few weeks. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand -- photos taken by Nigel Walking along a... Continue Reading →

Summer day at Moa Flat, Otago (New Zealand). Matagouri or "wild Irishman" is a native, very thorny shrub/tree. Taken by Nigel 12 Jan 2019. Discaria toumatou

Much to Love about Trees

Just published a  post about trees  for Nigel's blog in response to Leya's tree challenge (for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge). We both love trees but Nigel in particular has a great interest in trees. The photos are all his, they're a mix of natives and exotics, taken in the UK and New Zealand. I do... Continue Reading →

Spotted Shags (Cormorants)

Spotted shags and a single gull, found by Nigel yesterday when he visited the Kaka Point area in The Catlins. Looking at the photos last night, neither of us knew the identity of this shag but I'm confident from my online research that these are Spotted Shags. This is on the south coast of the... Continue Reading →

Tuatara, New Zealand

I enjoyed reading the responses to my  Peace and Quiet  post about the Tuatara Lodge cafe in Invercargill, Southland. Those responses have prompted me to do this post about tuatara (the last photo in the Peace and Quiet post showed a tuatara painted on the outside of the building). Steve Schwartzman (Texas, USA) commented "You... Continue Reading →

Which Way

Which Way is a sufficient title for this post and I warn you.. the following is an account of extreme violence that happened in NZ this afternoon. I checked the online news and read that gunmen struck two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I understand there are nine confirmed deaths and many more injured. I'd... Continue Reading →

Falling Foliage

Rimu is a New Zealand native tree that I'm very fond of, draped in a cascade of flowing foliage. We looked at some young trees in the native garden at Queens Park, Invercargill on March 02, 2019. I won't add extra information as there's a brilliant rimu article here (it has great photos and includes... Continue Reading →

Grow and Flow

I couldn't stop lovin' these beautiful, flowing, flowering native grasses.. how beautiful they are! Taken in the native garden at Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand by Liz 02 March 2019. Here's the big grass with the big flower heads.. native Cortaderia or toetoe Flow of flowers on the more medium-size native, Chionochloa Lastly, big-shot... Continue Reading →

Graceful Grass

These photos of native grasses were taken in the native garden at Queens Park, Invercargill on March 02, 2019. The first photo was taken by Nigel, the others were taken by Liz. A highlight of this visit was the flowering of the native grasses. Southland, New Zealand. Chionochloa rigida Taken by Nigel Probably Chionochloa rubra... Continue Reading →

Complementary

Native grasses at Queens Park, Invercargill were looking really great on March 02, 2019 when we visited. Here's a grass that deserves its place as the centre of attention complemented by some lovely native Hebe foliage colours and textures (now called Veronicas much to my irritation). Photos taken by Liz. Southland, New Zealand Native New... Continue Reading →

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