Very Familiar

Photo selection from the initial part of the bush walk at Black Gully Reserve, a very short drive from where we live in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. These were taken yesterday in the early evening, not long before sunset. I chose to take photos of things that are very ordinary to me, so ordinary... Continue Reading →

Friendly Fantail

In the late afternoon we drove to Black Gully Reserve near Tapanui and did a short bush walk. While we paused on the track, a fantail came to visit and flitted about us (as fantails do), chirruping to us all the while. They flit constantly from side-to-side so my shots are far from ideal but... Continue Reading →

Church and Holly

On a recent local walk, I stopped by this Presbyterian church and spent a little while there taking photos. I moved on around the corner and, still on the church property, found a very pretty holly bush with bright berries and variegated foliage. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken 06 May 2021. I wondered... Continue Reading →

Little Red Tree

A short walk up the road toward the edge of town is a small fenced-off park. Inside there's a little maple tree that, if you can catch it in the right light, makes a fiery flame of red-hot foliage like a flare. I was happy with the photos I got yesterday afternoon. Tapanui, West Otago,... Continue Reading →

Going Golden

This street is on the northern edge of town and on a good day in New Zealand that means the sunny end of town. After I failed to get a decent photo of the little red tree (mentioned in yesterday's post) I wandered along here and got busy taking photos. Very enjoyable! Tapanui, West Otago,... Continue Reading →

Colour Change

This is the lemon-coloured tree from my recent Lemon and Lime post but now it's more like orange! It was nearly sunset when I took the photos and the orange colour was stronger. I noticed the tree from my On Fire post has already dropped most of its leaves. And today has been a lovely... Continue Reading →

Aging Gracefully

On my local walk 29 March when I took many photos, I caught the colours and textures of this weathered fire hydrant marker-post on the shaded side of a road at the outer edge of town. It's a concrete post painted yellow but nature's been very busy adding lots of extra interest! Nearby I found... Continue Reading →

On Fire

This tree was absolutely blazing as the sun slowly sank in the west. I was only just in time and took photos until sundown. I came across the fiery foliage while walking home after taking the Lemon and Lime foliage photos that I posted yesterday. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Taken 17 April 2021. Click... Continue Reading →

Lemon and Lime

Lovely foliage in citrus colours from further up our street in Tapanui. We were driving back into town from a trip to Roxburgh on 17 April and these colours were so beautiful I asked Nigel to drop me off so I could catch some pre-sunset colour. I took these and a bunch of shots of... Continue Reading →

Tapanui Living

These are from the big local photo-walk I did on 29 March. Poultry, cattle, magpies and a sweet pet dog that was out with his owner who was riding along the footpath on a mobility scooter. Bob and Buddy they were. Buddy's tail was wagging furiously although that's not apparent in the pic! Tapanui, West... Continue Reading →

Wild Highway

A quick 'extra' post. I was prompted to do this when I saw a comment conversation between two blogger friends. They were discussing how plants will grow even in the most unlikely places given half a chance (my paraphrase of what they said). Cracks, straight out of a rock, tree growing on tree, etc. So... Continue Reading →

Autumn Rural

Driving home on 17 April, nearly there and just on sunset. I asked Nigel to pull over because I've been wanting to get a few photos of this large field of round bales - they're either hay or straw. Behind them (which is east) are the locally iconic Blue Mountains located right behind our town... Continue Reading →

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