In The Spotlight

Recently we were driving back from Moa Flat toward Heriot when we got these dramatic views looking over toward the Blue Mountains at Tapanui. We knew the light wouldn't last long and Nigel quickly took a shot through the windscreen (1st photo below) and the other two were taken outside of the car. West Otago,... Continue Reading →

Bronze Flax

A week ago when we walked out of town and up the road through farmland, taking photos of trees with bare branches, I'd noticed how beautiful the bronze-coloured flaxes were looking. Most side-of-the-road flaxes are green but sometimes we see brown or bronze flaxes, and occasionally variegated forms. This one, with a few similar companions,... Continue Reading →

Branching Out

Trees looking lovely on a gorgeous winter afternoon. We'd walked out beyond the edge of town and up a road that runs through farms. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. ~ photos taken today. Click on any photo to enlarge. I didn't bring my camera but asked Nigel to take these photos because the trees looked... Continue Reading →

One Tree Hill

Obvious title for a very eye-catching conical hill with a steep peak and a large tree perched right on top! ~viewed as we travelled from Moonlight to Middlemarch, Dunedin. Otago, New Zealand. Photos by Nigel. Actually, the first two photos were taken Sat 29 May 2021 as we made our homeward journey but the second... Continue Reading →

Moonlight Pond

My last post featured Butter and Egg Rd in the Moonlight sub-district of Waitaki, a little south of Macraes. We couldn't resist driving up the gravel road to the end where we came to Nenthorn Road and turned right, immediately encountering this wonderful farm pond complete with black swan couple and a flock of paradise... Continue Reading →

Going Golden

This street is on the northern edge of town and on a good day in New Zealand that means the sunny end of town. After I failed to get a decent photo of the little red tree (mentioned in yesterday's post) I wandered along here and got busy taking photos. Very enjoyable! Tapanui, West Otago,... Continue Reading →

Lost Freedoms

These photos hark back to 03 April 2020 when New Zealand residents had recently been required to abide by Level 4 Lockdown restrictions for Covid-19 (Level 4 had been in force since 25 March 2020). Entry for 25 March 2020 at the History of the COVID-19 Alert System page: At 11:59pm, New Zealand moves to... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh Dam

We turned off the main highway because I wanted to drive over the Roxburgh Dam. My photo's taken from the boat ramp after crossing. Central Otago, New Zealand. 16 Aug.

The Great Snow

"On 23 May 1861, in the gully which still bears his name, Read discovered gold, 'shining like the stars in Orion on a dark frosty night.' It was this discovery which revealed the potential of gold in Otago, and thereby initiated the series of discoveries and rushes which were to transform the economic, social and... Continue Reading →

En route to Alexandra

Iconic Hawkdun Range in the far distance as we approach Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. Winter in NZ. Spectacular! Taken by Nigel Sat 11 July 2020.

Distance

Distant view brought closer using the zoom lens. Central Otago on a bright afternoon, New Zealand. Taken 22 March 2020 (autumn in NZ). Near Ophir.

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