Very Fine Finery

Gorgeous female fashion with finely detailed paper skirt on display in the Dunedin Public Library when I visited in our winter season on 26 June 2020. New Zealand. Click on ANY photo to enlarge. Next photo best viewed at max enlargement (2x clicks) About the costume with the blue bodice and quilled skirt ... Text... Continue Reading →

Local Autumn Walk

These are four remaining photos from the local autumn walk that we did in our town on 30 March 2020, soon after New Zealand had gone into Level 4 lockdown for Covid. I took the berry shots as we were on our way to the rugby grounds and I found the tile drain pipes stacked... Continue Reading →

Alabama Nature, Consecration Colour

"The Rt. Rev. Glenda S. Curry was ordained and consecrated to serve as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama on June 27 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham. She is the first woman to serve as bishop in the Diocese of Alabama." --from an article in the Episcopal News Service posted... Continue Reading →

They’re All Watching Me

That's how it seemed when I wandered past this Euphorbia in the Mediterranean Garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. It was above a rock wall and closer to my height than it would otherwise have been, and it was like all these 'eyes' watching me! Stopped me in my tracks. I took a fair... Continue Reading →

The Way of Love

The Way of Love ain't easy [pause]. Love isn't warm fuzzies, rosy specs and feet barely touching the ground. Love's more than sympathy, it's grounded and sacrificial. I was touched by this account of two women from the Episcopal Church who were showing kindness to protesters on the patio of St. John’s Episcopal Church in... Continue Reading →

Ennis House LA

In yesterday's post I offered a distant glimpse of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Ennis House on a hilltop in Los Feliz, Los Angeles USA. It was a truly magical experience to see this house and I don't think I had any idea of what to expect! It looks like a huge Mayan Temple and... Continue Reading →

Mexican Amberwings

Just found these beauties on Twitter this morning and have to share. Many thanks to Michael Thomas Bogan for permission. Michael Thomas Bogan. Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment. The University of Arizona. On Twitter:  @mtbogan Photos below are from this tweet Dragonfly season is in full swing on the effluent-dependent Santa... Continue Reading →

Hollyhock House LA

I've been building up to this post with my recent photo-postings of hollyhock flowers and in this post I'll share photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in Los Angeles. These were taken by Nigel during our 2010 stop-over in LA. This was our first visit to a FLW house ever and it was... Continue Reading →

London planetrees

In my last post Ap-peeling Bark, Robert Parker mentioned "... it just reminded me of peeling the loose bark, from the London planetrees in front of my grandparents’ house." I love getting personal anecdotes in comment-responses so I thought I'd go with the flow and post some London planetree images from Alexandra in Central Otago,... Continue Reading →

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