Umbrella Mountains from Moa Flat

These three photos were taken from Moa Flat, same location as the photos in my last post  Moa Flat in Winter. This time Nigel is facing west to the Umbrella Mountains. I asked him to take photos as the snow patterns on the slopes were lovely. Each photo shows the Umbrella Mountains, but further to... Continue Reading →

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Fiordland, New Zealand

I recently found Samuel Bloch on Twitter - he's been travelling in New Zealand and taking awesome photos. Samuel describes himself as a French birder and photographer. He has a WP blog  Eiwawar  which I follow. Today he published a particularly fine post with photos of scenery and birdlife that he encountered while travelling the... Continue Reading →

I am Wind

In my last post  Connections  I revealed that of the four Elements I've decided that I identify with Air and more specifically with Wind. From Te Ara Encyclopedia, "Invercargill has more gale days than any other city in New Zealand except Wellington. Other parts of Southland experience extreme wind too." This from an old 2007... Continue Reading →

Bluffing

Here's a few photos Nigel took last weekend in Bluff, a little port town way down the south end of the South Island of New Zealand. The weather was really wintry and we spent most of the time hunkered down by the fire in our apartment. It was cold, rainy, and I heard hard hail... Continue Reading →

Well Versed Gems

Stones found in Southland, New Zealand. Then polished. Myriad of splendid colours and patterns. Beauty. Appreciation.. a special gift from one Southlander to another. Collecter to poet. Sixteen polished stones. Chosen with care and matched with verse. The poet is Kay McKenzie Cooke, the verse selected from her book Born to a Red-Headed Woman. "It... Continue Reading →

Waikaka Gold

On our way to Waikaka on Saturday we got a fairly close view of gold mining equipment parked in a paddock near the road. We've seen this from a distance months ago (perhaps part of a modern dredge). I got myself mired in much info while looking for a few facts to go with this... Continue Reading →

Dear Deer

Yesterday was a beautiful day, I wish more days in winter could be like yesterday! I suggested to Nigel that we take a drive to the country pub at Waikaka. We sat outside and ate burgers in the sunshine. I drank cider and Nigel had a beer. Waikaka, Southland / West Otago, New Zealand Shadowy... Continue Reading →

Ropeable

ropeable [Adjective] 1. Able to be roped and so restrained. 2. (Australia, New Zealand) Angry to the point of needing to be restrained from violent action. -- Photos taken at Bluff (a port town) this afternoon. -- south coast of the South Island, near Invercargill. Southland, New Zealand We drove to Bluff and enjoyed lunch... Continue Reading →

Winter Cheer

Yesterday we made an afternoon trip to Invercargill and spent some time at Queens Park. Winter has arrived and it's been wet and cold for days on end - grey cloud, drizzle and rain. It felt wonderful to get out of the car for a walk in the park and find that even in winter... Continue Reading →

Kelp in Surf at Bluff

Steve Schwartzman gave me a link to his stunning photo of kelp swirling in the surf at Bluff taken 24 February, 2017. Bluff is a port town right down the bottom of the South Island (not far from Invercargill). Southland, New Zealand Here's part of the description from Steve's blog-post: "The bull kelp (Durvillaea antarctica... Continue Reading →

Tuatara, New Zealand

I enjoyed reading the responses to my  Peace and Quiet  post about the Tuatara Lodge cafe in Invercargill, Southland. Those responses have prompted me to do this post about tuatara (the last photo in the Peace and Quiet post showed a tuatara painted on the outside of the building). Steve Schwartzman (Texas, USA) commented "You... Continue Reading →

Peace and Quiet

The cafe in Tuatara Lodge, Invercargill is my go-to place to sit down with good food, a hot drink and just chill out and forget about everything else. Yesterday (Saturday) I sat down to enjoy one of my favourite comfort foods - savoury mince on toast - which they do really well. Later I had... Continue Reading →

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