The Pomahaka River at Leithen Picnic Area has plenty of stones in the riverbed, many of them flat. Nigel commented that many of them are square-ended and would be useful for corners in stonemasonry (known as quoins). We were there on Sunday afternoon. All photos below taken by Nigel, 19 Jan 2020. Pomahaka River at... Continue Reading →
Stony riverbed of the Pomahaka River viewed through clear shallow water. Leithen Picnic Area, West Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Liz, 19 Jan 2020.
Oh, the waters flow Over rock and stone Pomahaka River. Leithen Picnic Area, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz, 19 Jan 2020. Click on photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)
We did a little bit of local exploring yesterday afternoon. I remembered seeing a sign to a picnic area near Heriot so we drove there and found a turn-off (to 'Leithen Picnic Area'). Initially it was a sealed road through farmland, then became a gravel road through forest and suddenly we arrived at a lovely... Continue Reading →
Yellow flowered Phlomis blooming in the Mediterranean Garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. Apparently two different species as some plants look markedly different to the others. Photos taken 24 November 2019. Photos 1 and 3 taken by me and the others taken by Nigel. Next photo: click on photo to enlarge. Text by Liz,... Continue Reading →
This post features images taken by Nigel when we visited Horseshoe Bend near Millers Flat in Central Otago, New Zealand. He got some really nice captures. There was so much more than just the historic bridge. Taken 31 Dec 2019. Native flowers. I think this may be manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) rather than kanuka (Kunzea ericoides).... Continue Reading →
Down by the Clutha River or Mata-Au, this post continues our exploration at Horseshoe Bend - I've already posted about the historic bridge. I took all my photos close to the river and bridge so these are they and I'll put Nigel's in a separate post. Horseshoe Bend is near Millers Flat, Central Otago, New... Continue Reading →
Petrified wood at Curio Bay, The Catlins, Southland, New Zealand. These three photos are of one particular log, taken by Nigel when we visited the Petrified Forest on 11 November 2019. He's also captured some seaweed / marine plant life in the photos. This preserved Jurassic forest site is amazing to explore! Click on photo... Continue Reading →
Curio Bay is a fascinating place to visit. "The highlight of Curio Bay (Tumu Toka) is watching the outgoing tide reveal a 180 million year old Jurassic fossil forest – one of only three such accessible fossil forests in the world. Millions of years ago the Curio Bay area was part of the eastern margin... Continue Reading →
Curio Bay in The Catlins, Southland. Site of the petrified forest (more to come). The bird is a white-faced heron, self-introduced in the 1940s. By Liz 11 Nov 2019.
As far south as we can go in the South Island of New Zealand - Slope Point, The Catlins, Southland. To get there you drive country roads till you reach the carpark. Then it's a reasonable distance walking over farmland (and carefully avoiding the animal manure) before you reach the Slope Point signpost and small... Continue Reading →