BW02: Lonely Tree

Black and White (02). I'm proud to feature two outstanding photos taken in New Zealand, not too far away from where I live, by Australia-based photographer Lignum Draco. He ventured into the remote Nevis Valley of Central Otago in search of a solitary tree by a small pond with a mountain backdrop that he'd heard... Continue Reading →

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Fortrose: Part Five

We'd walked along the beach and found a gravel road running parallel. We decided to do the rest of our walk by road and found there were plenty of interesting things to see along the road. Liz and Nigel, Sunday 05 August 2018

Ready For Spring. Its been a cold, wet winter here in Gore, Southland, New Zealand. At long last we see the signs of spring and on Sunday 05 Aug I saw these beautiful crocuses emerging from dead leaves while visiting the public gardens in Invercargill.

Sketching, LandArt and Unicorns

This post brings some cool to those of you in the northern hemisphere who are suffering in the heat. The photos below were taken in March 2018 in the UK when temperatures were a lot more chilly. The story and photos are by Katherine Owen whom I've only just started following. I just loved, Loved,... Continue Reading →

Buttercups On Edge

Nigel and I walked into town together recently on two consecutive days. The first day I noticed these beautiful ranunculus or buttercup-type flowers and Nigel took some photos as I didn't have my cellphone with me. The next day they attracted my attention again and this time I also took some photos. We were both... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part Two

Part Two of a two-part series on our winter visit to Maple Glen Gardens on Monday 30 July 2018. Maple Glen Gardens are an extensive 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside near Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand. Maple Glen has been created from scratch, literally from farm paddocks, by the Davison family - Muriel, Bob... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part One

Maple Glen is a beautiful 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside of Southland, about a 30-minute drive from where we live in Gore. Its a huge, multi-featured garden that's open all year and personally developed and maintained by the owners. Muriel Davison created the garden from a bare paddock and at their website she's... Continue Reading →

Dear Daphne…

In the dark cold of a wet winter when the usual stalwarts like polyanthus were struggling to maintain their cheerful poly-coloured blooms; we walked through the public gardens and dreary they were at the time, cheerless. But your insignifcant flowers bloomed bravely, showering us in intoxicating scent. -- with much appreciation, Liz and Nigel xx... Continue Reading →

Beauty Series: Hazelwood

On this glittering May morning the sunlight bounces off the sea loch in bright fractal patterns. In the foreground sedge and grasshopper warblers natter and reel in the rushy pasture while a cuckoo sounds off from the top of a nearby rowan. Between the two, about half a mile away, is rocky ridge covered in... Continue Reading →

Life Lessons

This colourful photo caught my eye recently and I thought how beautiful the buds and flowers are. The photo was taken by Natalie Scarberry (Texas, USA) and the plant is in her own garden. Natalie let me know a few hours ago that this is a Red Yucca.

Poetry of Place

In the first month of his landscape architecture degree at Lincoln University in 2000, Nigel was tasked with selecting a piece of New Zealand writing and using that as a basis for producing a mixed-media item using the Landscape School's latest scanner. He told me about all this yesterday after reading the Theme: Woven post... Continue Reading →

What Do You Fill Your Mind With?

On July 23 I introduced you to Natalie Scarberry and her beautiful and colourful (colorful in US) blog  Sacred Touches. She shared with me that some of you have since followed her and that she's received some very nice comments about her and her blog. It gave me a lot of joy to hear that... Continue Reading →

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