Information and Inspiration

~are benefits of an excellent Botanic Garden! Whenever we're in Dunedin we stay near the Botanic Garden and spend as much time there as we can. These are four photos I shared on Twitter recently for a Botanic Gardens appreciation theme, showing they're much valued by Nigel for information and inspiration in his work as... Continue Reading →

Crinkly-edged Leaves

Walking through the native area at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 04 April, I stopped and stared when I saw these Olearia leaves. They're so lovely and crinkly, and remind me of crinkle-cut fries! I'm not sure which species of Olearia.. paniculata, albida, angulata ??? ~they all look much the same to me 😀 New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Hedgehope Church

The night I took the moon photos, we were returning home from Hedgehope where we'd gone to enjoy the beautiful rural views in the lead-up to dusk. The only photos I took though, were of Hedgehope Church which is looking wonderful. I've learnt since that it's had a lot of work done on it in... Continue Reading →

Whisky Gully Creek

This was our first walk into the Whisky Gully entry to the Blue Mountains today, just up the road from home in Tapanui. Delightful! Here's two of my first pics, taken near the start of the track.. Whisky Gully Creek. Good Friday, afternoon, 15 April. West Otago, New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

To Be or Not To Be

Both of these photos were taken in the Moa Flat area of West Otago. The lead photo is one I took of roadside native tussock grass being blown by a strong breeze, I admired how lovely the long strands appeared as they were arranged by the wind into a horizontal position. We also found an... Continue Reading →

Whau

Dunedin Botanic Garden has a whau tree in a sheltered spot in their Native Collection. I took these photos on 04 April. The mature leaves are soft in texture and the same size as my hand, and the tree has very spiny seed capsules. Entelea arborescens or cork tree. New Zealand. 'Wh' is an 'f'... Continue Reading →

Clyde Shadows

These photos are from our trip to Clyde in Central Otago on 02 April. We arrived for the afternoon and it was bright and sunny, providing some interesting shadows. Clyde's a lovely town with lots of old schist stone buildings and a gold history dating back to the early 1860s. These days there's a major... Continue Reading →

Struck Gold!

Happy to get this shot of a honeybee visiting a kōwhai flower at Dunedin Botanic Garden today in the native collection. I saw a bee enter a flower (and completely disappear up into the flower), got my camera focused and waited for it to back out again 😀 Part of a string of old seed... Continue Reading →

View from Braids Hill

On 25 March we were heading home from Dunedin and I asked Nigel to pull in to an easily missed carpark at the bottom of this hill, then we walked up a way to a Beach Access walkway that I've seen many times before when we drove up the hill. It looks very inviting because... Continue Reading →

St Matthew’s | Plants

Plants outside St Matthew's Church, Dunedin. 15 March. New Zealand. 1. Yew tree ~red berry 2. Native Veronica (Hebe) ~blue-mauve 3. Native Brachyglottis ~yellow 4. Native Astelia berries ~orange5. Native lancewood and astelia outside the tower6. Surprise! ~a pair of lancewoods behind a pair of large yews Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and... Continue Reading →

Red Revs Things Up

Red's a favourite colour for many people and it's long been a favourite of mine. These photos feature the colour red and are nearly all from Dunedin Botanic Garden, 18 January 2022 i.e. mid-summer in NZ. There's one exception from Auckland, a beautiful photo I came across via Twitter and have permission to use here.... Continue Reading →

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