The First Shall Be Last

I took these photos on my short exercise stroll up the road in the late afternoon. These lovely asters have been stunning although they're a wee bit past their best now and got knocked around by rough weather on Tuesday. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. It was the perfect opportunity for more practice with the... Continue Reading →

Eucryphia cordifolia

Common name: Ulmo. I recently showed you one of these blossom-laden trees. These photos were taken the same day and include the one already posted. The tree was an amazing sight at the peak of its bloom. Taken with my cellphone 24 Feb 2020. Eucryphia cordifolia is a rainforest tree from Chile and Argentina. It... Continue Reading →

Consider The Lily

Returning home from down south yesterday we stopped in at Gore for a while and were drawn in to Gore Gardens to see how they're doing (lovely). I didn't even have my cellphone in hand but Nigel had his cell and got a few photos. This is a fine lily that I went over to... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon and Silver

Marlborough Rock Daisy, endemic to New Zealand. Pachystegia insignis RHS and another species LHS. Liz, Christmas Day 2019, Dunedin Botanic Garden.

Fallen

Dead trees lying on the beach are sad shadows of their former selves but here's a new perspective I gained on radical transformation. Chris Mousseau shared photos of these fallen beauties he found when he went for a run on a perfect but cold winter's day (-20 degree day ... cough). On the shore of... Continue Reading →

Southern Rata

A species of Metrosideros that makes a great show of red flowers, a bit like the more famous pohutukawa, is Metrosideros umbellata but M.umbellata's natural home is down here in the south where it's cool and moist (pohutukawa's natural home is further north where it's hotter and drier). On my recent bottlebrush post Steve Schwartzman... Continue Reading →

POPPY

Hey there beautiful. Taking in all of the sun it is possible to drink in one morning. Hey there beautiful scarlet cup, you tiny tub of bright light and cheer. Hey there beautiful poppy-puppy, patty pan, puff of garden glory. Can I just say Ta? For taking the blot the day dealt to weave me... Continue Reading →

Purple Passion

These purple penstemon flowers grabbed our attention when we were looking around Dunedin Botanic Garden on 08 December 2019. They were at one end of a big long herbaceous border. Dunedin, New Zealand. First photo by Nigel, second by Liz. The herbaceous border is opposite the lovely colour beds (with a wide path between). Text... Continue Reading →

Daisy Flowers

I took these daisy photos at the Dunedin Botanic Garden on 24 Dec 2019. Dunedin, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Erigeron flowers from one of the colour beds. Following photos were all taken in the herb garden, one of our favourite places. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Teach Us To See

“Always continue walking a lot and loving nature, for that’s the real way to learn to understand art better and better. Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.” -- Vincent Van Gogh Great post from Mike Powell on 15 Jan. He shared how a beautiful winter photo he'd taken of a male... Continue Reading →

Merry Stachys, Bumble Bees

The bumble bees were loving the Stachys byzantina (lamb's ears) when we wandered close for a look on Christmas Day 2019. The attention was too much for some but others stayed for the photo op. Mediterranean Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. First two photos taken by Liz, last photo by Nigel. Click on photo... Continue Reading →

Reindeer Reign

Reindeer have apparently commandeered this old wagon at Evans Flat near Lawrence, Clutha District. Taken by Liz 28 Dec 2019.

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