Fiordland, New Zealand

I recently found Samuel Bloch on Twitter - he's been travelling in New Zealand and taking awesome photos. Samuel describes himself as a French birder and photographer. He has a WP blog  Eiwawar  which I follow. Today he published a particularly fine post with photos of scenery and birdlife that he encountered while travelling the... Continue Reading →

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Stuff, by Harold Davis

As George Carlin put it in one of his most memorable routines, a house is nothing but a pile of stuff with a cover on it. In contrast, I suppose a home might be something more important than the mere stuff in a house, having to do with where the heart is. Since a home... Continue Reading →

Life is like a CAMERA

Early March I was in Balclutha wandering around killing time, waiting for Nigel who had business in town. And found this. The kind shopkeeper gave me permission to take a photo (gift shop on the corner near Cafe 55). I really like the words.. do you? Life is like a ... CAMERA Cropped image Here's... Continue Reading →

Kiwi Supernova

Most people know of "kiwifruit" as we call them in New Zealand. You might call them "kiwis". During my young childhood they were called "Chinese gooseberries". I've just found that the name change occurred on 15 June 1959 (it evidently took a while to catch on with the general population as I was born a... Continue Reading →

Feathers Aren’t Always Fragile

Wisdom from a Great Blue Heron chick in South Carolina, USA. Are you feeling small, vulnerable and powerless? Right now it's a fight for survival... find the inner mongrel. Be fierce! Keep building strength (be patient, it takes time). One day you will FLY Photos taken by Ellen Jennings from  Passing By Photo  and used... Continue Reading →

Rosa rugosa var. Ventenatia

When we visited Queens Park on March 02, 2019 we found this beautiful rose with a great bounty of rosehips and a prominent flower in bloom. I invited Nigel to also take some photos of the flower - he got a couple of lovely shots, included in this post. This rose garden is devoted to... Continue Reading →

Summer Smile

Yesterday was like one big smile. Beautiful summer day, perfect temperature, blue sky. We headed over to Tapanui and then continued to Roxburgh in Central Otago via Moa Flat, a favourite route for us. At Roxburgh we looked in on a book and white elephant sale. I picked up a book for 40 cents and... Continue Reading →

Hunger is Not a Harbour

"I was leaving Amsterdam and moving back to Paris, having been in London before that, Paris even before that and years before Ireland so there was this questioning of why don’t I stay put, what was the attraction of the next step, had I really carved my footprint into where I was before looking out... Continue Reading →

Monochrome Magic

This article by Ann Mackay got my attention, especially as I recently challenged myself to find interesting black-and-white work by other bloggers and then re-blogged a different photo or artwork every day for a week (with permission). I really enjoyed my journey into black-and-white territory In her article, Ann discusses various ways in which a... Continue Reading →

Icy Looks

Very cool photos. I was intrigued by these icy illusions, each posted on their respective blogs quite recently. The first photo is taken by Steve Schwartzman from Austin (Texas, USA) and the second photo is taken by Ellen Jennings from the South Carolina Lowcountry, USA. ** Click on either photo to enlarge ** No flowers, buds,... Continue Reading →

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