Snowball Blossom

Yesterday out for a local walk I was stopped by a beautiful sweet scent. I looked up to see these flowers above me! Street frontage of property with an old church. After an online search I'm fairly sure it's Sweet Viburnum or Viburnum odoratissimum ~Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Trumpets

A few varieties of local daffodils that I photographed during our colourful spring wander on Saturday afternoon, 02 October 2021. All these were taken by the boundary fence of the flower farm. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. When I look at these, I think of ~Hark! The herald angels... Continue Reading →

Pale Yellow

On Saturday we had an afternoon walk around town and I found plenty of spring colour to photograph. Here's some pale yellow subjects, an appetizer for a forthcoming 'Yellow' post. Local walk in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand on 02 October 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge. Q. Tiny flowers breaking out, the starry... Continue Reading →

Grasp the Alligator

A fancy fountain from Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand dating back to 1890 when it was "Erected and presented to the citizens of Dunedin by Wolf Harris Esq", not here but at Queens Gardens in the city. It was removed after WW1 in favour of the Cenotaph, then stored until it was resurrected for the... Continue Reading →

Getting To Zero

Thought I'd update y'all on how our lockdown's progressing, in case you're interested. The whole country has been in lockdown for two weeks at Level 4. That's our highest level, where we stay home in our 'bubbles' unless we're essential workers. You may recall we locked down at midnight on the same day the first... Continue Reading →

Autumn Rosehip

The birds they sangAt the break of dayStart againI heard them sayDon't dwell on what has passed awayOr what is yet to be ... ~Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem', first verse I felt like sharing this verse and a rose hip I photographed at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 19 May, New Zealand. For anyone who's interested our... Continue Reading →

Green Seen

Took these photos at our local Black Gully Reserve on 23 May 2021, green things were looking very pretty that day. The last photo is of rocks in the path that I took a fancy to .. because I think they look like butterfly wings! Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. FYI, we don't escape American... Continue Reading →

Rescued

Two 1885 V class steam locomotives rescued; they've sat in a riverbed near Lumsden for more than 90 years. The first was hoisted out at the end of January 2020. The second (which the team initially thought they'd leave) was retrieved later, in February 2020. "In the wake of the First World War, the value... Continue Reading →

Peace Lily

This beautiful flower attracted my attention in the sub-tropical area of the Winter Garden Glasshouse at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 10 April. Until this morning I didn't know what it is but after seeing a helpful comment on another blogpost featuring the same flower, I now know the name. Then I found an online page... Continue Reading →

Autumn Miscellany

Ten photos taken in Otago/Southland in autumn, with one exception taken in early winter. All pictures I thought I mightn't use if I didn't collect them into a single post and get them online - hope you don't mind some variety! New Zealand. Yellow leaf that I liked the look of. In the tropical part... Continue Reading →

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