Path to the sea. Very windy day at Waipapa Point in The Catlins, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel, 17 Feb 2019.
Another stop in The Catlins with our friends.. the Tautuku Estuary boardwalk is always good for a visit. You can walk far out into the wetland on the boardwalk with great views over the endemic oioi or Apodasmia similis (or Jointed Wire Rush). Its a short drive down the gravel road to the carpark, then... Continue Reading →
Petrified wood at Curio Bay, The Catlins, Southland, New Zealand. These three photos are of one particular log, taken by Nigel when we visited the Petrified Forest on 11 November 2019. He's also captured some seaweed / marine plant life in the photos. This preserved Jurassic forest site is amazing to explore! Click on photo... Continue Reading →
Curio Bay is a fascinating place to visit. "The highlight of Curio Bay (Tumu Toka) is watching the outgoing tide reveal a 180 million year old Jurassic fossil forest – one of only three such accessible fossil forests in the world. Millions of years ago the Curio Bay area was part of the eastern margin... Continue Reading →
Curio Bay in The Catlins, Southland. Site of the petrified forest (more to come). The bird is a white-faced heron, self-introduced in the 1940s. By Liz 11 Nov 2019.
As far south as we can go in the South Island of New Zealand - Slope Point, The Catlins, Southland. To get there you drive country roads till you reach the carpark. Then it's a reasonable distance walking over farmland (and carefully avoiding the animal manure) before you reach the Slope Point signpost and small... Continue Reading →
Southern most point of the South Island of New Zealand. Slope Point, The Catlins, Southland. To get here you walk across pasture from a distant carpark. 11 Nov 2019, Liz.
I know the power of words... a poem by Steve Denehan. Steve is Dublin-born, lives in Kildare and I found his poem via Twitter. I've chosen to team his poem with a powerful image from Pepix who created an amazing effect when she flung boiling water into freezing cold air, an act of energy that's... Continue Reading →
This stunning, beautiful beach is near Dunedin, out on Otago Peninsula. You can't drive right to the beach, you have to walk quite a way from the carpark. As you'll see though, it's well worth the trek. Huge sand dunes and lots of big open space. Sandfly Bay, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand. Photos taken by... Continue Reading →
Skunk Cabbage. Hard to have a worse name but this plant is pretty at this time of year. There's a few of them at the edge of a pond at Maple Glen. Green leaves and, green and gold flowers. I didn't notice a skunky smell but I've read it occurs when the leaves are bruised.... Continue Reading →