Festive Farm Field

Found a fabulous festive farm field at Mokotua! Take a look at the lead 'reindeer' LOL. Mokotua is near Invercargill, you drive through it en route to the Catlins (we were on our way to Fortrose). Southland, New Zealand. 16 December. Click on any photo to enlarge. The farmer even created a roadside viewing area.... Continue Reading →

Irises

There's an interesting public garden in Alexandra, Central Otago. On my birthday visit of 31 October there were a nice variety of irises to look at. They have a collection of irises that have won an annual award in America and a sign that lists their names for each year and what colour they are.... Continue Reading →

Forest Path

Native silver beech forest near our home. Is that Little Red Riding Hood? Oh no, just Liz with red hat and folded down hood with a red liner. Off for a wander on 23 May. Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealan

It Only Takes One

Got your attention? This is one of my favourite roses at Dunedin Botanic Garden; name is 'Wild Cat'. The flowers of 'Wild Cat' were looking stupendous when I visited on 10 April 2021, our autumn. New Zealand. Rose info: Floribunda, Dickson, UK pre 2009. Click on any of the images below to enlarge. Now I'd... Continue Reading →

Centre Stage

Yesterday on our local walk Nigel had stopped to photograph this group of mostly-natives and I thought I'd take some photos too, while I waited. His primary purpose was to get photos of the robust climber and I was interested in the overall scene. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

Island Beach

Found this beautiful island on a beautiful beach. Today we took the coast route home from Dunedin, and we've passed this beach access before. I thought it looked very inviting but it's one of those entrances that's hard to spot in time and next thing you've already whizzed past. Today we decided to turn around... Continue Reading →

Poetry In Motion

I know the power of words... a poem by Steve Denehan. Steve is Dublin-born, lives in Kildare and I found his poem via Twitter. I've chosen to team his poem with a powerful image from Pepix who created an amazing effect when she flung boiling water into freezing cold air, an act of energy that's... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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