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.
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 →
This afternoon we drove home from Dunedin via the south coast, rejoining the main highway at Waihola. Along the stretch between Brighton and Taieri Mouth I found a little pull-over area where we could park and enjoy the view. The beach stretches out for a long distance broken occasionally by a rocky reef. The sand... Continue Reading →
for time to tend. Wow! Damien has written a SECOND poem inspired by Nigel's fab photos of the St Clair's Piles, St Clair Beach, Dunedin. This post's title and first line are favourite lines of mine from his poem referring to the ten piles seen in the photo below, relics from an old groyne nearly... Continue Reading →
THE BREAKING OF THE BLUE. Poem by Damien B. Donnelly. Last week I invited Damien to write a poem using Nigel's photo of the St Clair's Piles as inspiration. I knew Damien was flying out from Paris the next day on a much anticipated holiday and that he just might "write in-flight". He very kindly... Continue Reading →
I've been working on this poem since Nigel came home with the beautiful sunset photos he took at St Clair in Dunedin. The St Clair's piles date back to 1921 and are remnants of a double-row of posts that with the addition of planks formed a groyne to retain sand. Apparently southerly seas took sand... Continue Reading →
In Oamaru the railway tracks are located right next to the ocean, forming a boundary between town and sea. On 21 January we both enjoyed exploring this area near the old railway station and my photos have already been posted in Which Way: Oamaru Railway. I wanted to select from Nigel's photos for this post.... Continue Reading →
When we were taking photos at Oamaru in the vicinity of the coastal railroad that separates the town from the Pacific Ocean, Nigel stepped a bit further out and got these photos of the coastline - north and south views. Taken by Nigel, 21 Jan 2019. Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand Oamaru coastline, view north.... Continue Reading →