New Zealand Collie

Iconic in New Zealand, a remarkable animal indispensable to sheep farmers for moving and control of sheep, and familiar to the rest of us from seeing dog trials at A&P Shows and on TV. The breed was originally from the Scottish Border, the border collie, but has been bred over time to better suit the... Continue Reading →

Pomahaka River, West Otago

This afternoon we took off for a drive to explore some back roads and eventually ended up at Waikaia for pizza at the pub. We went all over the place before getting there though. From home we went to Moa Flat, Wilden Settlement Road, Deepdell Road, Switzers Road, Winding Creek Road to Waikaia. And then... Continue Reading →

Bananas

There's various species of bananas and I found a lovely one on 25 June in the Winter Garden Glasshouse at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. It was in the Tropical House which is also where I saw the Spanish Moss and the Aristolochia gigantea. I visited again the next day with Nigel. The attraction with... Continue Reading →

En route to Alexandra

Iconic Hawkdun Range in the far distance as we approach Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. Winter in NZ. Spectacular! Taken by Nigel Sat 11 July 2020.

Like Big Hankies

Behind the Spanish Moss in the bottom photo of yesterday's post was a climbing plant growing as a tangle of sturdy stems around a white pillar. I was pretty interested in them and took a couple of photos, then found a label nearby and realised it's the stems of a plant that has amazing flowers... Continue Reading →

Fabulous and Fascinating

Spanish Moss is great! The first time I encountered it in any meaningful way was following the Jennings blogs (Ted and Ellen) who together explore and photograph nature in the South Carolina Lowcountry, USA. I've learned much from them about the Lowcountry swamp or marsh environment (not to mention the city of Charleston and sometimes... Continue Reading →

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 →

Winter Colours

We needed to go to Invercargill this afternoon so I could return some library books. Cold, grey, wet day. We didn't have anything else planned so I suggested to Nigel we visit a homeware / home furnishings shop to check what they stock. The best thing about the visit was being confronted with lots of... Continue Reading →

Album Page – Dunedin NZ

On Friday in Dunedin we took some time to just relax and enjoy chilling-out for a while, although we chose nice cosy places to visit! Laneway is a great cafe/bar in the centre of Dunedin, down a quiet side lane called Bath Street. It's possibly my favourite place of all to visit. We went inside... Continue Reading →

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