Autumn Love

Autumn nature photos from a local walk I did on 29 March, all taken in the vicinity of the Colchicum (autumn crocus) field, on the edge of town near the plant nursery. The dahlias are on the 'road' side of the fence that contains the Colchicum field. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any... Continue Reading →

Green and Gold

Mostly green and gold. Autumn photos taken 05 May in the late afternoon and near sunset, from a street on the outer edge of Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. ~ same tree taken again during the golden light phase close to sunset. The other side of the street, farmland... Continue Reading →

Bobbly Tree

We were driving from Moa Flat toward Heriot when I spotted this unusual tree, up a bank and by the fence of a farm paddock. You'd think it was topiary, cloud pruning perhaps, but that seems unlikely in this situation. Something of a mystery but very interesting irrespective of whether it's a natural phenomenon or... Continue Reading →

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 →

Go With The Flow

Not far from Tapanui as we drive north on the highway, there's a long line of our native cabbage trees. On this particular day there was also a very strong relentless wind, it held so steady that the trees were given no respite. This meant that their leaves steadily flowed in the wind without bouncing... Continue Reading →

Evening Pastoral

Today we were blessed with another beautifully fine winter day and in the late afternoon we did a long walk, to yesterday's location but this time we walked to the end of the country road. I took these photos only slightly further along the road from where yesterday's were shot (the last photo shows the... 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 →

Misty Rock

Love how the low cloud softened the look of this big rock and I asked Nigel to take a photo. This was close by the side of the road as we drove from Moonlight to Middlemarch. Waitaki/Dunedin. New Zealand. Sat 29 May 2021. Click on either photo to enlarge. These large grass clumps will be... 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 →

Butter and Egg Rd

After leaving Macraes, we drove along Macraes Road toward Middlemarch and along the way we passed this side road. I glanced at the sign and realised we'd found an old friend .. Butter and Egg Road. Nigel had photographed this same spot when we were in the area in 2009! 🙂 Click on either photo... Continue Reading →

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