Little Lemon Rose

Found this gorgeous early rose loaded with cute little lemon-coloured blooms in the Jessie Calder Garden (old roses), Queens Park, Invercargill on 17 October 2020. This was the only rose making an impact, others had barely started. Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Pretty Pigeons

More New Zealand pigeons / kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae). This morning I spent time in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and found small groups of pigeons feeding on the new spring growth of some trees. Dunedin, New Zealand Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz Cowburn; Exploring Colour (2020)

Petals and Flowers

Kōwhai flower photos taken by Nigel in Dunedin Botanic Garden in late September 2020 (spring in New Zealand). Kōwhai are Sophora species. Click on any photo to enlarge. Kōwhai flowers against Pittosporum foliage. Kōwhai petals carpeting a lawn. Cropped from larger photo (below) Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)keyword: kowhai

Native Pigeons

New Zealand pigeons are beautiful birds that are big, plump, colourful and look like they're wearing white singlets. I spotted these pigeons feeding, up high in an elm tree, when we were last in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz 26 September 2020 Click on any photo to enlarge FIVE pigeons in... Continue Reading →

Never Forgotten

Chatham Island forget-me-nots or Myosotidium hortensia. These are endemic to the Chatham Islands and therefore to New Zealand. It's common to see them down south here in gardens. They can be grown on the south side of a building (in New Zealand that's the most shaded and cool side). Their big fleshy leaves and beautiful... Continue Reading →

Nature’s Magic Tricks

Surprise tricks played on us by Nature who blasted us with freezing cold Antarctic wind when we were already a month into Spring. Our town is blanketed in thick white snow. Nigel took these photos at home (later in the morning than the ones I posted earlier). We've seen a lot of chopping and changing... Continue Reading →

More Spring Snow

Updated snow view from my front door, we're one month into "Spring" in New Zealand. Pics taken this morning. We're currently getting a mix of sun and snow showers by turn! Tapanui, West Otago. Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

How Good Is Gold?

Very, very good when it's kōwhai blossom! New Zealand has eight species of kōwhai all of which are endemic. This is a specimen tree on the lawn near the herb garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. The photos are all of the same tree - I wanted to capture its special character. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

Snow In Spring

And sure enough the snow arrived as forecast. We're a month into Spring and the snow has finally decided to show up haha! Tapanui this morning. All photos taken out my windows or doorway. There was no snow first thing. West Otago. New Zealand. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Brighten The Blue

We were in Dunedin much of Thurs/Fri/Sat and managed to spend time in Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sat before reluctantly leaving to go home. Many native kōwhai trees are in glorious golden blossom now, and these below were particularly bright and gorgeous - stunning against the perfect blue sky. There's much to make us anxious... Continue Reading →

A Glow of Daffodils

Historic daffodils at the historic Weatherstons Brewery ruins near Lawrence, New Zealand. Fantastic spring day when we visited, 20 Sept 2020. Clutha District, Otago. Click on any image to enlarge (all 1000-px wide)   Further Information about the location Weatherstons  by Hidden Otago. Weatherstons Brewery and daffodils  via Lawrence Information Centre. also  Weatherstons. Text and... Continue Reading →

Rescue Helicopter

When we arrived at the Weatherstons brewery ruins and daffodils on 20 September 2020, an unfortunate visitor had slipped on the daffodil hillside and injured her ankle. We got to see the rescue chopper arriving, landing and taking off. Weatherstons near Lawrence, Clutha District, New Zealand Click on any photo to enlarge Rescue helicopter coming... Continue Reading →

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