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 →

Lichen liking local lions

Out on the edge of town, two lions are loyal guardians of the owner's driveway, the same property that has a Colchicum field that I've featured in previous posts. I took these photos when I went for a local wander on 29 March, a lovely autumn day when I took way more photos than I'd... Continue Reading →

Fixated

A lion rests either side of a short ramp leading to the Dunedin Botanic Garden winter garden glasshouse. One lion slumbers while the other regards visitors with fixed stare. I photographed them on 12 May 2021. Unusually for me I tried b&w and sepia, concluding I didn't like b&w but I did like the sepia.... Continue Reading →

Gulls In Queens Park

Near to the Eucryphia cordifolia tree with its white blossom is a family-friendly cafe, a lovely old children's fountain, and a children's playground. I noticed that birds were hanging out at the old fountain so I quietly moved in with my cellphone and did the best I could getting photos (it was just after midday... Continue Reading →

AMP Amicus in Oamaru

Early this year I did a blog-post about  Mother Amicus  in the old rose garden in Queens Park, Invercargill. We were standing on a street corner in Oamaru and I suddenly realised a statue perched on top of the opposite building was the same figure as what I'd seen in Invercargill. These photos show the... Continue Reading →

Mother Amicus

In the "old rose" garden at Invercargill, the Jessie Calder Garden, there's a statue of Mother Amicus that looks pretty in November when the nearby rose is in bloom. I took this first photo 13 Nov 2018. Queens Park, Invercargill, New Zealand Mother Amicus "a sure friend in uncertain times" Click on either of these... Continue Reading →

Peter Pan and Posy

We spent a little bit of time in Queens Park at Invercargill today and as we walked the main path that runs straight-as-a-dart through the Gardens, I noticed the Peter Pan statue had a pretty rhododendron flower posy in his hands. It looked really sweet so I attempted to take photos and struggled with bright... Continue Reading →

Southland Speed Sensation

This statue stands proudly near the front entrance to Queens Park in Invercargill, not far from the Southland Museum and Art Gallery (where the tuatara live). It was installed in 2011 to honour Burt Munro whose story was dramatised in the movie 'The World's Fastest Indian'. Burt was born on the 25th March 1899 at... Continue Reading →

Into the Tuatarium

Live tuatara can be seen at Southland Museum and Art Gallery in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. I was there on 14 March 2018 and would like to share something of the tuatara experience with you. I REALLY like the colourful tuatara logo they use at both entrances into the Museum! [UPDATE 2021: The museum is... Continue Reading →

Statue and Roses, Jessie Calder Garden, Queens Park, Invercargill, New Zealand. Taken 04 Nov 2017

Little Cat and Big Cats

Cheshire Cat and Lions at Larnach Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand. I was delighted to renew my acquaintance with the Cheshire Cat. We've missed seeing it on numerous visits due to the failure to look UP !! Introducing the Cheshire Cat ...   Beautiful lichen-covered lion   Castle entrance. Lions in front, eagles behind Larnach Castle... Continue Reading →

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