Shower of Gold

Beautiful golden native kōwhai flowers outside the RSA today. Appears to be a deciduous form, that's what caught my eye first about a week ago - all these flowers and no leaves! We've had a few wintry days but it's still looking gorgeous. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Blossom... Continue Reading →

Rescued

Two 1885 V class steam locomotives rescued; they've sat in a riverbed near Lumsden for more than 90 years. The first was hoisted out at the end of January 2020. The second (which the team initially thought they'd leave) was retrieved later, in February 2020. "In the wake of the First World War, the value... Continue Reading →

Wild Thing

Evil snarling beast with wicked teeth.. "HOONIGAN" showed up as we were crossing the carpark. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

Wild In Lawrence

Saturday evening I saw our PM was to do a Covid announcement at 9pm. That had to be bad so I watched. Auckland immediately into alert Level 3, the rest of NZ into Level 2 ('immediately' is my word but the new alerts took effect from 6am Sunday). Level 2 limits gatherings to 100 people... Continue Reading →

Bracken Hall

Great cafe and gift shop at Mossburn (which is on the route to Fiordland). When Nigel was over that way for work on 24 November I asked him to check if this place is still open. Still very much open (yay!) and he was able to get refreshments there. Southland, New Zealand. Toad of Bracken... Continue Reading →

White Lavender and Roses

Nigel stayed overnight in Wanaka recently and took these photos of a small garden outside his hotel .. the white lavender being of particular interest. The lavender flowers are big, complementing the white roses beautifully. Wanaka is an alpine town on the edge of Lake Wanaka and near to skifields and the stunning Mount Aspiring... Continue Reading →

Roxburgh in the Teviot Valley

Now we live in Tapanui it's not far to drive to Roxburgh in Central Otago, an inland rural town we're fond of (wouldn't mind living there). It's right by the Clutha River and the town is surrounded by farms and orchards. There's also a hydro dam at East Roxburgh (its 60th anniversary was in 2016).... Continue Reading →

Kelso Stories

My final Kelso post is the stories and photos displayed on the information signs beside the flood monument. The first photo is just a header, the others I've saved larger than usual - click on them till you have the full enlargement (usually 2x clicks). Kelso, West Otago, New Zealand - a town abandoned due... Continue Reading →

Kelso Flood Monument

Kelso 1865 - 1980. This monument erected on the former site of Wrightson N.M.A. Commemorates the township of Kelso. Finally destroyed by the 1980 flood. [Pomahaka River]. West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel 26 July 2020. Click on any photo to enlarge The highest point of the bars denote the flood levels. Text... Continue Reading →

Kelso Railway Goods Shed

Where the town of Kelso was... is now just a long grassy flat with the old railway goods shed still standing in the field. This is my second post about Kelso, a town abandoned due to repeated flooding, with especially big floods occurring in 1978 and 1980.  First post: Kelso - the Town that Was.... Continue Reading →

Kelso – the Town that Was

I recently posted a photo taken by Nigel of sheep by the Pomahaka River and I received a comment from Steve Schwartzman (Austin, Texas) saying: From Wikipedia I learned the following about the Pomahaka River: “Major flooding of the Pomahaka in 1978 led to the relocation of the town of Kelso and caused damage severe... Continue Reading →

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