Cabbage Tree in Gore

Although we see plenty of cabbage trees down south, we both really enjoy them. This is a very distinctive native New Zealand tree that looks like it came straight out of a Dr Seuss book. We see this particular cabbage tree often as its on one of our walking routes into town, on the edge... Continue Reading →

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Pure White Clematis

A spring highlight for me is the blooming of our native white clematis. Actually, its endemic - it only naturally occurs in the North, South and Stewart Islands of New Zealand. At this time of year we can see it blooming in areas of native bush (it displays at the top of whatever its found... Continue Reading →

Pink, Gold and Green

Some attractive colours and lovely blooms that I photographed on Thursday 11 October 2018 at the Gore Public Gardens. This is springtime in New Zealand. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz Rhododendron 'Chiara', or Chiara azalea Heuchera or Heucherella (not sure which) Dicentra spectabilis (the golden foliage form). Bleeding Heart More recently named Lamprocapnos... Continue Reading →

Entrance to Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluff. The marae is the social centre of Maori communities. Southland, New Zealand

Solid As A Rock

We saw this amazing schist fence post with holes drilled for the wires, about ten years ago when driving through Macraes in East Otago - same general area where we found Butter and Egg Road. Otago is a fascinating region to drive around in - I could be on the road for months and not... Continue Reading →

Cornus nuttallii

This tree was a surprise find when I was in Gore Public Gardens yesterday. Those of you from western North America will probably be familiar with it because it comes from your part of the world. Western dogwood, Pacific dogwood and Mountain dogwood are common names. Cornus nuttallii is named after Thomas Nuttall who carried... Continue Reading →

Goodbye Junction Cafe

A favourite cafe of mine in Gore is closing on Saturday and I'll miss it. The only cafe in town that's on first floor level, it has great views onto the street and I like to buy chocolate lamingtons there. The staff had just got used to how I like my lamington - straight from... Continue Reading →

Directions at Bluff

Ever since Candice at This Made Me Smile Today posted a bison weather vane I've been hankering to contribute my own weather vane to Weather Vane Wednesday. My problem was to find a weather vane! When we were at the port town of Bluff on Sunday I looked up at the art deco Foveaux Hotel... Continue Reading →

Two Boats at Bluff

On Sunday when we were at Bluff I found these two boats at the wharf, near the ship Matuku (part of which you can see in the background at the far left). I just liked them; one red-and-white and the other blue-and-white. I also liked the water between them with weedy ropes under the surface.... Continue Reading →

Blossom and Me. We were walking into Gore on 01 October when Nigel paused to photo this blossom that now has company in the form of new leaves

Decked Out in Pink

On Saturday when Nigel photographed the rural moa sculpture he also took some very colourful photos of pink blossom in the Central Otago town of Alexandra. Beautiful pink blossom against a brilliant blue sky is a treat! These photos all taken by Nigel on 06 October 2018 (springtime in NZ) Pink Blossom in Alexandra All photos... Continue Reading →

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