To be or Not to be

That is the question when you're driving along the highway, comfortably cocooned in the car. It's easy to go with the flow, enjoy the view from the window and not stop to experience what's on offer outside. Yesterday we'd just passed Waldronville as we left Dunedin via Brighton Road. And as we crossed a bridge... Continue Reading →

Caught In The Middle

Petrified wood at Curio Bay, The Catlins, Southland, New Zealand. These three photos are of one particular log, taken by Nigel when we visited the Petrified Forest on 11 November 2019. He's also captured some seaweed / marine plant life in the photos. This preserved Jurassic forest site is amazing to explore! Click on photo... Continue Reading →

Southern Limit

As far south as we can go in the South Island of New Zealand - Slope Point, The Catlins, Southland. To get there you drive country roads till you reach the carpark. Then it's a reasonable distance walking over farmland (and carefully avoiding the animal manure) before you reach the Slope Point signpost and small... Continue Reading →

Fresh Sea Air

This stunning, beautiful beach is near Dunedin, out on Otago Peninsula. You can't drive right to the beach, you have to walk quite a way from the carpark. As you'll see though, it's well worth the trek. Huge sand dunes and lots of big open space. Sandfly Bay, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand. Photos taken by... Continue Reading →

South of Brighton (New Zealand)

This afternoon we drove home from Dunedin via the south coast, rejoining the main highway at Waihola. Along the stretch between Brighton and Taieri Mouth I found a little pull-over area where we could park and enjoy the view. The beach stretches out for a long distance broken occasionally by a rocky reef. The sand... Continue Reading →

Group of shags (cormorants) and single gull on a rocky outcrop at Kaka Point in The Catlins, South Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 14 June 2019

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 →

Waipapa Point, Ways(2)

Wild and free but beware the hazardous sea at Waipapa Point. More sea, more paths plus photos of severely windshorn trees, victims of gale salt-laden winds. The photos are taken by me 17 Feb 2019 except for the two close-up tree photos taken by Nigel during our 2014 visit. Continues:  Waipapa Point, Ways For:  Which... Continue Reading →

Let Sleeping Seals Lie

Let sleeping seals lie. Two shiny, furry blobs just right of centre are sleeping seals. Taken by Nigel 17 Feb from a dune above the beach near Waipapa Point lighthouse, Southland, New Zealand

Sunday In Southland

Today in the late afternoon we took off to the Southland coast for a break, just for a few hours. We stopped briefly in Fortrose and then drove on to our destination of Waipapa Point. There was a strong gusty wind at the coast making photography really difficult, rare lulls were only milliseconds in duration.... Continue Reading →

Ten In Heart and Ten In Tide

for time to tend.  Wow! Damien has written a SECOND poem inspired by Nigel's fab photos of the St Clair's Piles, St Clair Beach, Dunedin. This post's title and first line are favourite lines of mine from his poem referring to the ten piles seen in the photo below, relics from an old groyne nearly... Continue Reading →

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