Pea Sea, Port Chalmers

Had to share this with y'all courtesy of 'rob allan'  @allanrob9  on Twitter. Port Chalmers is this wonderful port town near Dunedin. The huge container hoists down at the harbour dominate the town. Main street has an eclectic mix of old buildings.. real interesting place. This older post of mine shows the  huge hoists loading... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Seafaring Butterfly

This unusual photo of a butterfly flying over water captured my imagination. As soon as I saw it on Sunday evening I felt compelled to write a poem so this wannabe poet swung into action, spending two or three hours labouring over the words to express my feelings about the scene. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flying... Continue Reading →

Waipapa Point, Ways(2)

Wild and free but beware the hazardous sea at Waipapa Point. More sea, more paths plus photos of severely windshorn trees, victims of gale salt-laden winds. The photos are taken by me 17 Feb 2019 except for the two close-up tree photos taken by Nigel during our 2014 visit. Continues:  Waipapa Point, Ways For:  Which... Continue Reading →

Waipapa Point, Ways

This is one of the last wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand, first lit on January 01, 1884. It still does its job but the light has been automated since 1975. For photos of the lighthouse itself see my recent post  Waipapa Point Lighthouse. As mentioned in that post you can walk to the lighthouse... Continue Reading →

Let Sleeping Seals Lie

Let sleeping seals lie. Two shiny, furry blobs just right of centre are sleeping seals. Taken by Nigel 17 Feb from a dune above the beach near Waipapa Point lighthouse, Southland, New Zealand

Waipapa Point Lighthouse

This is my weather vane post but the lighthouse is interesting in its own right. Its an historic and working lighthouse, automated these days (since 1975). This is one of the last wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand and was first lit on January 01, 1884. Happily for the visitor its very easy to get... Continue Reading →

Sunday In Southland

Today in the late afternoon we took off to the Southland coast for a break, just for a few hours. We stopped briefly in Fortrose and then drove on to our destination of Waipapa Point. There was a strong gusty wind at the coast making photography really difficult, rare lulls were only milliseconds in duration.... Continue Reading →

Ten In Heart and Ten In Tide

for time to tend.  Wow! Damien has written a SECOND poem inspired by Nigel's fab photos of the St Clair's Piles, St Clair Beach, Dunedin. This post's title and first line are favourite lines of mine from his poem referring to the ten piles seen in the photo below, relics from an old groyne nearly... Continue Reading →

A Different View

THE BREAKING OF THE BLUE. Poem by Damien B. Donnelly. Last week I invited Damien to write a poem using Nigel's photo of the St Clair's Piles as inspiration. I knew Damien was flying out from Paris the next day on a much anticipated holiday and that he just might "write in-flight". He very kindly... Continue Reading →

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