Well Versed Gems

Stones found in Southland, New Zealand. Then polished. Myriad of splendid colours and patterns. Beauty. Appreciation.. a special gift from one Southlander to another. Collecter to poet. Sixteen polished stones. Chosen with care and matched with verse. The poet is Kay McKenzie Cooke, the verse selected from her book Born to a Red-Headed Woman. "It... Continue Reading →

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Build Your Own Breakfast

Top Nosh  is THE cafe located a short walk up the road from us in Tapanui. Yesterday after a local loop walk we called into Top Nosh and while there I photographed these food items sitting on the timber bar in the front window. Quite novel... cooked breakfast as painted rocks 🙂 -- Tapanui, West... Continue Reading →

Spotted Shags (Cormorants)

Spotted shags and a single gull, found by Nigel yesterday when he visited the Kaka Point area in The Catlins. Looking at the photos last night, neither of us knew the identity of this shag but I'm confident from my online research that these are Spotted Shags. This is on the south coast of the... Continue Reading →

Group of shags (cormorants) and single gull on a rocky outcrop at Kaka Point in The Catlins, South Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 14 June 2019

Kelp in Surf at Bluff

Steve Schwartzman gave me a link to his stunning photo of kelp swirling in the surf at Bluff taken 24 February, 2017. Bluff is a port town right down the bottom of the South Island (not far from Invercargill). Southland, New Zealand Here's part of the description from Steve's blog-post: "The bull kelp (Durvillaea antarctica... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Coastline

When we were taking photos at Oamaru in the vicinity of the coastal railroad that separates the town from the Pacific Ocean, Nigel stepped a bit further out and got these photos of the coastline - north and south views. Taken by Nigel, 21 Jan 2019. Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand Oamaru coastline, view north.... Continue Reading →

St Clair Esplanade, sea wall and beach, Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken at sunset 31 Jan 2019 by Nigel

Summer Sea, St Clair

Some of you enjoyed my  See The Sea  post about a winter visit to a small cafe by the salt water pool at St Clair, Dunedin. We did a spur-of-the-moment trip to Dunedin yesterday and stayed overnight, then returned for a summer visit to the cafe this morning. I looked out the cafe window and... Continue Reading →

Stirling Point, Bluff

I'm complaining loud and clear that I hate the new colour scheme that WordPress has just imposed. I went to Settings as per their blog-post but no option to revert. When I click on "Like" it just goes a slightly darker blue instead of orange - its hard to see the difference. Feeling irritated and seeking some solace in the sea. New Zealand. Liz 13 Nov 2018

Aronui Dam at Alexandra

Yesterday on our way home to Gore from Queenstown via Central Otago we bypassed Alexandra. Before leaving the area, I asked Nigel to turn part-way toward Alexandra as I wanted to find something I'd read about called Jolendale Park, on a side road. We found the park and had a look around - its a... Continue Reading →

Roaring Meg

We were back in Queenstown this morning to pick up the new lenses for my glasses and then we returned home via Central Otago. On our way through the Kawarau Gorge I asked Nigel to stop at the Roaring Meg carpark. From here you get good views of the Kawarau River rushing through the gorge.... Continue Reading →

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