Kaitangata

Small rural town (population ~800) 12km from Balclutha. The mighty Clutha River flows through Balclutha, then winds its way past Kaitangata ('Kai'). We took a drive out there yesterday, 18 October 2020. Clutha District, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Hut and jetty by the Clutha River, at Kai. Where we'd stopped, I... Continue Reading →

Little Penguins

We walked down the path to Pilots Beach when we visited Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula on Saturday 10 October, afternoon. There's an area for viewing little blue penguins. The penguins come ashore at dusk so we didn't see any. Over the summer about 200 arrive here in the evening. Near Dunedin, New Zealand Fyi the... Continue Reading →

Gulls

While in Dunedin for a few days, I got to see a few gulls!Many more than I usually see.New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge This cutie was hanging out on the lawn at Dunedin Botanic Gardens. We did an afternoon trip to Taiaroa Head at the top end of Otago Peninsula. This is... Continue Reading →

Pretty Pigeons

More New Zealand pigeons / kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae). This morning I spent time in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and found small groups of pigeons feeding on the new spring growth of some trees. Dunedin, New Zealand Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz Cowburn; Exploring Colour (2020)

Petals and Flowers

Kōwhai flower photos taken by Nigel in Dunedin Botanic Garden in late September 2020 (spring in New Zealand). Kōwhai are Sophora species. Click on any photo to enlarge. Kōwhai flowers against Pittosporum foliage. Kōwhai petals carpeting a lawn. Cropped from larger photo (below) Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)keyword: kowhai

Native Pigeons

New Zealand pigeons are beautiful birds that are big, plump, colourful and look like they're wearing white singlets. I spotted these pigeons feeding, up high in an elm tree, when we were last in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz 26 September 2020 Click on any photo to enlarge FIVE pigeons in... Continue Reading →

Never Forgotten

Chatham Island forget-me-nots or Myosotidium hortensia. These are endemic to the Chatham Islands and therefore to New Zealand. It's common to see them down south here in gardens. They can be grown on the south side of a building (in New Zealand that's the most shaded and cool side). Their big fleshy leaves and beautiful... Continue Reading →

How Good Is Gold?

Very, very good when it's kōwhai blossom! New Zealand has eight species of kōwhai all of which are endemic. This is a specimen tree on the lawn near the herb garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. The photos are all of the same tree - I wanted to capture its special character. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

Brighten The Blue

We were in Dunedin much of Thurs/Fri/Sat and managed to spend time in Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sat before reluctantly leaving to go home. Many native kōwhai trees are in glorious golden blossom now, and these below were particularly bright and gorgeous - stunning against the perfect blue sky. There's much to make us anxious... Continue Reading →

Joy to the World

Spring was very present and pleasant in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens today. Near the top of the gardens I stood under a big Eucalyptus gunnii tree taking pics of it, and all around me I heard tui song - full surround sound! They sang endlessly at top volume, the whole gamut of their usual crazy... Continue Reading →

Power and Connections

Today Nigel had to catch a very early flight from Dunedin Airport so I suggested we stay at Lake Waihola Sunday night so I could drop him at the airport this morning. We settled into our motel Sunday afternoon and then set off for a bit of a driving adventure. I had the bright idea... Continue Reading →

Paradise on Pond

Paradise Ducks on the farm pond that I featured in my last post. These are more properly described as Paradise Shelducks (Tadorna variegata). They're exceedingly noisy birds, you can hear them in this recording. The male and female make different sounds, most often in unison! Endemic. Photos taken by Liz, 16 August 2020. Central Otago,... Continue Reading →

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