Two’s Company

And three's a crowd. A red damselfly pair who were 'company' appeared none-too-pleased when more males turned up. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand. 31 Jan 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge (various sizes). By The Pond They flared their wings and body if another male came near. Didn't get much peace either... Continue Reading →

Blue Damsel

Today summer was back again and we spent a few hours at Maple Glen Garden, a magnificent private family garden at Glenham in Southland. They have lots of ponds and I was very excited to find many damselflies in a few areas. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. This image is cropped from... Continue Reading →

All Together Now

Pansies put on a great show in Queens Park, Invercargill on 26 Jan 2021. This is the same park where we enjoyed the glorious gazanias. The pansies had company - lavender and heuchera. Cheerful display! Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. The purple foliage is one of the many kinds of heuchera... Continue Reading →

Glorious Gazanias

Gazanias in all their glory at Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland. New Zealand. Native to South Africa. They're named after the 15th-century Greek-Italian scholar Theodorus of Gaza; they're also known as 'treasure flowers' ... I like that! I took these pics on a hot afternoon, 26 January 2021. It's nice looking at them again today because... Continue Reading →

Gazania Gazing

Following on from yesterday's single-image post .. more gazanias! Photos taken at Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand on 26 January 2021. I couldn't take my eyes off these bright beauties! Three large rectangular beds of gazanias lined up across the lawn. The first pic shows a gazania that appeared to be a one-off... Continue Reading →

Texas Hill Country

Not having my own Texas photos, nor any river photos, I opted for lovely blue flowers that I saw in Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 October 2020, which is spring in New Zealand. I can imagine this as a blue snail!(head left-side of pic, shell in the middle, 'tail' to right). Moving on to Texas... Continue Reading →

Weathered and Worn

Orepuki is a tiny coastal settlement in Western Southland and it's where I took the red tussock photos featured in yesterday's post. Here's the small public domain or park that's nearer the heart of the settlement. Southland, New Zealand. Pics taken 09 January 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge. Fellow kiwi blogger, writer Kay... Continue Reading →

Windy Day Tussock

These red tussocks were getting blown around by very gusty wind when I visited Orepuki in Southland on 09 January 2021. They look especially soft and fluffy when in flower. New Zealand. Chionochloa rubra subsp. cuprea. Click on any photo to enlarge. Native flax in the background, also very windblown! Text and photos by Liz;... Continue Reading →

Snail Vine

Snail Vine! Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I took these in the Tropical House of the Winter Garden Glasshouse on 26 December 2020.

Prickles and Petals

It so happens that I photographed these cacti in winter (end of June) and again in summer (26 Dec). On the summer visit the long, lanky cactus had produced a beautiful flower! My photos are taken in the Winter Garden Glasshouse, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Their website refers to the cacti and succulents area... Continue Reading →

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