Have you heard?

A poem/story. The verses accompany bird photos taken when we visited Maple Glen Garden on Sunday, 03 October [Southland, New Zealand]. The idea was inspired by Jake Owensby on twitter this morning telling how his wife Joy in a wordplay duel had coined “Poultrygeist.” It caught my imagination and after checking my photos I put... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Trumpets

A few varieties of local daffodils that I photographed during our colourful spring wander on Saturday afternoon, 02 October 2021. All these were taken by the boundary fence of the flower farm. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. When I look at these, I think of ~Hark! The herald angels... Continue Reading →

Interesting Locals

We met these animal locals on a walk yesterday to the edge of town. I took lots of spring flower photos, there were way more flowers in bloom than I expected. Flower photos later. ~Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. In the second sheep photo the mum-sheep is actually poking her tongue at me .. rude!... Continue Reading →

Holy Ground

Sunday today in New Zealand and I'm sharing pics taken Friday at the church just up the street from home. ~title inspired by my 1st pic, see the 'sky-hole' in the blossom? Also, daylight saving started today, good-bye winter .. Hello Spring! 🙂 Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring... Continue Reading →

Rock Daisy

Marlborough rock daisies are endemic and naturally found in .. Marlborough! They grow on steep rocky or stony sites and are highly resistant to summer drought; the region gets very hot in summer. There are three species of which Pachystegia insignis has the greatest natural range, and it's also very common as a garden plant... Continue Reading →

On Track

Reporting on our Covid elimination effort, as well as sharing walking track photos from Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Today was our big chance, for people outside of Auckland/Coromandel, to perhaps have our alert level reduced with the big announcement by our PM Jacinda Ardern scheduled for 3pm. I thought there might... Continue Reading →

Eastern Rosella

Introduced to New Zealand from Australia, these noisy bright intruders are fun to try and spot. Usually I can't see them or only get brief glimpses because they typically fly around high in the canopy. I grew up in the Far North and saw them regularly in that much warmer region. We rarely come across... Continue Reading →

Eroaded

Erosion of the Foreshore Road at Colac Bay, attributed to climate change, means the road is closed once you get past the houses. The Southland District Council stopped maintaining that stretch of road. Some residents are angry about the Council response to the erosion problem. We visited Colac Bay on 09 January and I was... Continue Reading →

NZ Pepper Tree

We have two species in NZ referred to as 'pepper tree'. The photos I'm sharing today are Pseudowintera colorata or horopito which is endemic to NZ and very common down here in the south where it can be found in bush edges and out in the open. It's generally a greenish leaf with red blotches... Continue Reading →

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