Damsel in Gore

Another damselfly flew in to have his/her photo taken when we popped into Gore Gardens on our way home in the afternoon. Nigel had his cellphone handy and took these photos. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken 24 Feb 2020. Our first damselfly encounter had been in Invercargill earlier in the day. Mike Powell, any... Continue Reading →

Damsel in the Park

It's extremely rare that I'm privileged to post an insect photo but yesterday in Queens Park, Invercargill we were treated to an appearance from a damselfly! I had my (very basic) cellphone in hand and couldn't believe it when my shot came out focussed. Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Click on either photo to... Continue Reading →

Golfers and Greenkeepers

Yesterday I featured ovine greenkeepers in three photos I posted. Do golfers share the fairways with the maintenance crew? Yes they do. Many cars were parked at the club and golfers were playing. Here's three shots with golfers visible in the first two. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken 22 Feb 2020. Click on... Continue Reading →

Showy In Pink

Pink poppy flowers plus links to fascinating manifestations of pink in nature. Some of these may be new to you - a good few of them are from Australia! Don't miss Pink Link No. 6, one of my favourite posts from Ellen Jennings who's based in the South Carolina Lowcountry - I love her photography!... Continue Reading →

Teach Us To See

“Always continue walking a lot and loving nature, for that’s the real way to learn to understand art better and better. Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.” -- Vincent Van Gogh Great post from Mike Powell on 15 Jan. He shared how a beautiful winter photo he'd taken of a male... Continue Reading →

Merry Stachys, Bumble Bees

The bumble bees were loving the Stachys byzantina (lamb's ears) when we wandered close for a look on Christmas Day 2019. The attention was too much for some but others stayed for the photo op. Mediterranean Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. First two photos taken by Liz, last photo by Nigel. Click on photo... Continue Reading →

The Big Picture

Tui mural on the wall of a Dunedin carpark in a commercial part of Dunedin City, New Zealand. The tui is a native songbird, endemic to New Zealand. Very assertive bird and flies like a rocket. For more information and photos, Wendy from the North Island has done excellent tui posts:  tui feasting on kowhai... Continue Reading →

Random in Dunedin

We were in the centre of Dunedin City, The Octagon, for a short while this afternoon and then drove uphill to the suburb of Roslyn which has both a nice cafe and views. In The Octagon I admired the water features and enjoyed seeing the gulls making the most of them. Nearby the city's Christmas... Continue Reading →

Moa Footprints On Display

In March this year a farm worker taking dogs for a swim, found moa footprints under the water of the Kyeburn River in Central Otago. For the record, his name is Michael Johnston. We owe him big time for being so observant and ensuring that his find was properly investigated by those with the knowledge... Continue Reading →

Migrant To New Zealand

Here's a bird that arrives in New Zealand during Spring and departs before Winter, our very own fair weather friend. It has a distinctive call so we know when it's arrived. Generally it doesn't hang around at low levels - instead it's usually up in the tree canopy where it's almost impossible to spot so... Continue Reading →

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