Paradise Shelduck

This beautiful endemic shelduck has a large body like a goose and we see them often whether in city parks or farm fields. Wild ones aren't tolerant of disturbance and readily take off with both birds in full cry - they are very noisy with distinct male/female voices and both are very vocal. The duck... Continue Reading →

Silent White

This morning we left home quite early and drove through remote farmland. The sky was beautiful and bright with stars. Then ahead of us we could see a low-lying, long black cloud - pitch black. We both commented on it and wondered what it was. Further along the road we entered extremely dense fog forcing... Continue Reading →

Candy Floss Clouds

Writer Jane Dougherty shared a photo of pink sunset clouds with an imaginative poem inspired by the view, in Come and play with the cloud people. She also invited readers to 'borrow' her photo to inspire their own poem or prose. I started playing with words for a haiku and the lines came together surprisingly... Continue Reading →

Argyle Burn, Waikaia

Today was a lovely clear and sunny winter day although cold outside of the car. I suggested to Nigel that we return to the road of the apple tree and continue right through to Waikaia - a lovely rural Southland settlement that I've posted about before. As we came into town over a bridge I... Continue Reading →

The Apple Tree

The same roadside apple tree as in my last post, found on 08 June and a hillside view from the same spot. In rural country near Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. First photo by me and the others by Nigel. Early winter now for us in NZ. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz;... Continue Reading →

Ripe Apples for Birds

Here's an apple tree we came across yesterday when we went for a local country drive. The tree was by the roadside but Nigel had stopped to take a photo of something else. There was a fair bit of bird activity, which lured me out of the car. Just had my cellphone so detail's not... Continue Reading →

Perserves

We went for this lovely little local drive on the evening of 28 May, the real reason being so Nigel could show me some nice autumn trees that he'd seen while driving to a job. On our way back we thought we'd like to check out this farm roadside stall - we hadn't been able... Continue Reading →

Mexican Amberwings

Just found these beauties on Twitter this morning and have to share. Many thanks to Michael Thomas Bogan for permission. Michael Thomas Bogan. Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment. The University of Arizona. On Twitter:  @mtbogan Photos below are from this tweet Dragonfly season is in full swing on the effluent-dependent Santa... Continue Reading →

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