Shower of Gold

Beautiful golden native kōwhai flowers outside the RSA today. Appears to be a deciduous form, that's what caught my eye first about a week ago - all these flowers and no leaves! We've had a few wintry days but it's still looking gorgeous. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Blossom... Continue Reading →

Pale Yellow

On Saturday we had an afternoon walk around town and I found plenty of spring colour to photograph. Here's some pale yellow subjects, an appetizer for a forthcoming 'Yellow' post. Local walk in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand on 02 October 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge. Q. Tiny flowers breaking out, the starry... Continue Reading →

Rock Daisy

Marlborough rock daisies are endemic and naturally found in .. Marlborough! They grow on steep rocky or stony sites and are highly resistant to summer drought; the region gets very hot in summer. There are three species of which Pachystegia insignis has the greatest natural range, and it's also very common as a garden plant... Continue Reading →

Lord and Lady

This Paradise Duck pair were lording it over the Dunedin Botanic Garden main pond when I visited on a dull day on 19 May. These ducks are endemic to New Zealand and are the size of a large duck or small goose. There's no shortage of them, they're the second most common duck in NZ... Continue Reading →

On Track

Reporting on our Covid elimination effort, as well as sharing walking track photos from Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Today was our big chance, for people outside of Auckland/Coromandel, to perhaps have our alert level reduced with the big announcement by our PM Jacinda Ardern scheduled for 3pm. I thought there might... Continue Reading →

Green Seen

Took these photos at our local Black Gully Reserve on 23 May 2021, green things were looking very pretty that day. The last photo is of rocks in the path that I took a fancy to .. because I think they look like butterfly wings! Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. FYI, we don't escape American... Continue Reading →

Only Takes One

In New Zealand it only takes ONE case of Covid-19 in the community (as opposed to a quarantine facility) to send us all straight into Level 4 Lockdown. All cases bar one that've turned up in quarantine since June have been the Delta variant so today's Covid case is being treated as though it's Delta.... Continue Reading →

Our Native Gunnera

The Dunedin Botanic Garden has a few patches of native Gunnera; this is a groundcover plant and couldn't be more different from the exotic species ~huge plants with enormous stems and leaves! Our native Gunnera prorepens has beautiful spikes of red berries in autumn, I took these photos on 29 April 2021. New Zealand. More... Continue Reading →

NZ Pepper Tree

We have two species in NZ referred to as 'pepper tree'. The photos I'm sharing today are Pseudowintera colorata or horopito which is endemic to NZ and very common down here in the south where it can be found in bush edges and out in the open. It's generally a greenish leaf with red blotches... Continue Reading →

Forest Path

Native silver beech forest near our home. Is that Little Red Riding Hood? Oh no, just Liz with red hat and folded down hood with a red liner. Off for a wander on 23 May. Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealan

Fab Foliage

Shrubs, trees and leaves flaunting autumn colour in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand on 06 May. These were taken the day after I took the Green and Gold photos I showed you yesterday.

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