Sunrise in Tapanui

These photos taken about 45mins ago in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Sunrise viewed from our front door. Taken by Liz, 17 June 2020. Text and photos by Liz, Exploring Colour (2020)

Distance

Distant view brought closer using the zoom lens. Central Otago on a bright afternoon, New Zealand. Taken 22 March 2020 (autumn in NZ). Near Ophir.

Weird Glow

Our town of Tapanui in West Otago, New Zealand was bathed in a weird glow this morning due to smoke drift from the bushfires in Australia. Now at 1.00pm the strange glow has vanished but it's still very smoky toward the Blue Mountains and when we go outside the smell of bushfire smoke is instantly... Continue Reading →

Weathercock

Amazingly I've located another wind vane in Gore. I spotted it recently from the passenger side of the car as we drove down a side street. It sits on a shed roof on a private residential property. Wikipedia advises three names for these - weather vane, wind vane or weathercock. I guess this is a... Continue Reading →

Christmas Moon

Last night we sallied out into the town to see what Gore has to offer in the way of decorated houses at Christmas, assisted by a small article in the local paper that mentioned four or five places. We found them all and more, and were impressed with the efforts that some people go to... Continue Reading →

A Poem and a Picture

Keep a poem in your pocket and a picture in your head and you'll never feel lonely at night when you're in bed Do you remember this poem from when you were a kid? I've never forgotten the first verse. The poem is by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers. I did a search to check the... Continue Reading →

The Celestial Sphere

Looking out the kitchen window I saw a neat cloud formation. I got distracted and then once again remembered the cloud; the pattern had spread a bit but was still really interesting so I hurried to get some cellphone shots. While doing some research for this post I learned from the Wikipedia entry for Sky... Continue Reading →

Stewart Island (Rakiura) in the distance, viewed from Bluff Hill. Foveaux Strait is deceptively tranquil. There's a cargo ship, probably a log carrier, and some smaller boats. Taken by Liz, 14 Aug 2018.

Bluff Hill, Southland

When we were in Bluff on 14 August 2018, we drove to the carpark on Bluff Hill and walked up the spiral path to the top of the lookout area. The spiral path is brilliant! The views are fabulous from up here and you go round and round enjoying the changing scenery as you go.... Continue Reading →

Bluff Flora Foray

Wandering around in Bluff, it wasn't just the scenery and the buildings that caught our attention. We also found some interesting trees and flowers - native and exotic, garden-worthy and not so garden-worthy. I'll share with you our finds! Bluff, Southland, New Zealand Bluff Flora Foray We came across a tree and shrub planting between... Continue Reading →

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