Espaliered Camellias, Queens Park

Camellias espaliered along a white trellis/brick pillar structure. The trellis has large squares. Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Liz 14 Sept 2019.

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Magical

For  Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #63  Leya has challenged participants with "What is Magical to you?". She recalled reading The Secret Garden* as a young woman and how "over the years it has occupied an enchanted and magical place in my heart". *The Secret Garden is a classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I found... Continue Reading →

Lophomyrtus bullata

The scientific name is a bit of a mouthful but this is a pretty and unusual shrub that's endemic to New Zealand, and grows to 8m. It has really interesting leaves that have a blistered appearance - so unusual that you feel drawn to touch a leaf to see what the surface feels like. The... Continue Reading →

Colour in Oamaru

Photos taken while out and about in Oamaru on 05 September 2019 (early spring in New Zealand). When visiting this vibrant town it never fails to deliver on colour. Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz. Light shades, public library. Paper cranes, Opera House cafe. Toadstool picnic table/seats by a path in the... Continue Reading →

Lego Wildlife

You might like to take a look at the Lego wildlife that Sue (Mac's Girl) has posted at her blog. Sue took the photos at Brookfield Zoo's Brick Safari this summer. I've put an example photo below. Many more Lego animals are featured in her post. The link to Sue's post is:    Lego At The... Continue Reading →

Secret Garden

This lovely fountain garden is within the Oamaru Public Gardens. It's not particularly secret, just a little bit tucked away and I nearly missed it.  Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz, Thursday 05 Sept 2019. I took this photo after descending a series of stone steps. My first view of the secret... Continue Reading →

Silent Light

There's something in the experience of stillness, simplicity and silence that's a blessed balm in the busyness of business as usual. Contemplate for a moment the silence and beauty of this simple space. The play of light and shadow on the textured floor.

Kilmarnock Willows

"At the end of winter, its naked branches bear silver white pompoms that open up in spring to reveal golden stamen bouquets." -- Laure Hamann -- Quoted text is from  an interesting article  I read - "Salix Caprea ‘Kilmarnock’, a miniature weeping willow". According to the above article, the trunk of this willow cannot grow... Continue Reading →

Shapes in The Stumpery

It's a little world of fantasy in 'The Stumpery' - Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. "Invercargill artist Frank Wells has created this upside down world from stumps and logs damaged by storms, roots from peat bogs on the Awarua Plains (donated by several families), recycled railway sleepers and hardwood poles, and timber from reserves... Continue Reading →

Variegated Cabbage Trees

Yesterday in Queens Park, Invercargill we walked to 'The Stumpery' along a path from the main gardens and found these beautiful variegated cabbage trees lighting up the late winter landscape. Cabbage trees are native to NZ with the usual form having green leaves. These are probably Cordyline australis 'Albertii', a stunning variegated form with a... Continue Reading →

Hullabaloo: The Nevis

A spectacular hidden valley close to Bannockburn, yet isolated because of its difficult access, the Nevis Valley is the subject of this year's winter show. Wind your way up the Carrick Range to Duffers Saddle and imagine being in a wagon drawn by Clydesdale horses or bullocks, struggling up the mountain pass, 1000metres in 10... Continue Reading →

Hullabaloo Two

In my last post* I introduced you to the  Hullabaloo Art Space  in the  Cromwell Heritage Precinct. The art on display was amazing - I took lots more photos than I'd anticipated! The gallery itself is light and airy, uncluttered.. a very pleasant place to spend time in. The artworks are extremely creative, varied, and... Continue Reading →

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