Fighting For The Fossils

Whoomph.. the volcano blew its top and left a crater. The big hole, shaped like an ice-cream cone, then filled with water. There was nothing to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the lake (described as "anoxic" i.e. no oxygen). Around the lake an evergreen rainforest, a "vine forest", supported all sorts of plant... Continue Reading →

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Fossil Lake, Foulden Maar

Beautiful drawing of Foulden Maar fossil lake deposit. "This reconstruction of the 23-million-year-old fossil lake deposit Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand, was commissioned by palaeontologist Dr Daphne Lee and drawn by artist/ecologist Dr Paula Peeters. The preservation of the site is so good that individual flowers, leaves, and insects can be identified. The drawing... Continue Reading →

They Don’t Bat an Eyelid

It seems that huge commercial interests don't bat an eyelid at mining 23 MILLION years of preserved history and processing it into poultry and pig feed. I've recently shared with you the amazing discovery of ancient moa footprints and NOW, only a short distance away, at Foulden Maar... Credit: By Kimberley Collins - Own work,... Continue Reading →

Wonders of Water

This post celebrates WATER through photos I've selected from various WP blogs, reminding me what a precious resource water is. We need to keep ahead of what's happening in our local environment and be alert to any threats to the purity of our natural water systems. All photos used with permission With most photos I... Continue Reading →

Crazy About Clyde

Back on track about the autumn visit to Central Otago on 30 April when I had a Momentous ice-cream treat and saw Snow and Sheep out the car window. Fast-forward to where we ended up.. in Clyde. I really love beautiful Clyde! Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand We drove the Earnscleaugh back road with its... Continue Reading →

I see… White

It's a long time since I've put together a colour post - my admiration for recent white posts by others has motivated me to do another. First up is Ted Jennings from South Carolina, USA because it was his fabulous photo of a Great Egret arriving back at its nest that wow-ed me and made... Continue Reading →

Walnut and Washing

Soon after moving to a new place, issues tend to arise that require problem-solving. After cleaning up the washing machine that came with the house it's gone well apart from a minor hose leak. With relief I got the first lot of laundry out to the washing line. All good. But there was little sun... Continue Reading →

Agapanthus Magic

We've MOVED to Tapanui from Gore and now live just up the road from  Top Nosh. We're in a small, cosy cottage that we own (as opposed to the larger more modern homes that we've rented). Tapanui is a small rural town that we've wanted to live in for a long time - we're both... Continue Reading →

Lovely Lily

This lovely lily was blooming in Gore Gardens when I visited 25 Jan 2019. I've been wanting to post it and what better time than now when the total number of followers has just rolled over to 900. Thank you for following! The above image is cropped from the photo below. -- Photo taken by... Continue Reading →

Magnolia in Summer

Wandering through Gore Gardens on 25 January 2019, I noticed a magnolia flower. Looking more closely I observed three different flower phases in the part of the tree near to me. I was intrigued.. Scientific name:   Magnolia grandiflora 'Majestic Beauty' Common name:  'Majestic Beauty' Southern Magnolia Native to North America Cellphone photos, enlarged through cropping... Continue Reading →

Tansy and Apple Mint

We love to visit the herb garden at the botanic garden in Dunedin. It's big with stone paths to wander along and lots of plants to admire; wonderful place to just relax, enjoy, and learn about the different herbs. Photos by Liz, 05 March 2019. New Zealand Herb Garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden Bright yellow... Continue Reading →

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