Stark Difference

When the gold miners arrived in Central Otago in the 1860s they didn't bat an eyelid at radically and massively transforming the environment. The initial influx of individuals and small groups gave way to larger operations that harnessed the power of water to obliterate large parts of the landscape. They extracted relatively small amounts of... Continue Reading →

Fine and Dandy

Roadside orchard at Earnscleugh, Central Otago, New Zealand ~29 Oct 2022. In the pre-storm light all the dandelion seedheads really shone!

Winters Clingy

Pear blossom at our place in Tapanui, West Otago. First two pics taken Sunday 02 Oct, afternoon and sunset. That was a lovely Spring day. Snowy pic taken this morning, 05 October. We had a pretty heavy snow shower this morning and the street landscape is looking like a christmas card scene. New Zealand. Text... Continue Reading →

R. pachysanthum

My early-Spring report in response to questions on a previous blogpost. Rhododendron pachysanthum is one of a trio of special rhododendrons grouped close together in Bannerman Park, in Gore. This one had gorgeous cinnamon-coloured young foliage at the time, back in summer (16th January). I promised fellow bloggers Ann and Ellen I'd try to return... Continue Reading →

Fuzzy Buds, Beautiful Blooms

Robust buds and blooms on this Magnolia tree in Gore Gardens, 18 September 2022. Very messy form, but magnificent magenta blooms - a real stand-out in the early Spring garden. A real bright spark!

Pink & White Divide

We happened upon this blossom bonanza yesterday south of Roxburgh (out in the countryside, further south than the orchard in yesterday's post). The beautiful blossom, in pink and white, covered the hillside between the road and the mighty Clutha River / Mata-Au. Such an awesome pleasure to see all this before the blossom disappears. Central... Continue Reading →

It’s The Season!

Pink and white .. coconut ice. That's what came to mind when I saw these gorgeous orchard fruit trees. The orchard's at the southern end of the town of Roxburgh although the close-up photo was taken at a different orchard a bit further south. We were on our way to the nice cafe in Roxburgh... Continue Reading →

Autumn in the South

A look back at an autumn visit to Hamilton Park in Gore, Southland which we visited on a mostly dull day, sunshine occasionally breaking through to brighten things up.. 30 April 2022. New Zealand. And I hope my northern hemisphere visitors get to enjoy a beautiful, colourful autumn as you enter into the new season.... Continue Reading →

Brightness and Cheer

~ can be a bit hard to find sometimes (especially in winter, as we are now) but on 16 June I walked across a bridge at Dunedin Botanic Garden and found this bright, thorny plant covering a large area of bank on the other side. It was very colourful and I took a couple of... Continue Reading →

Bright Red

These photos were taken in autumn on 07 May 2022 in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Here's a small selection of plants that feature some bright red in their autumn appearance. First up is Fascicularia bicolor, the hardiest bromeliad in the world! When a rosette of leaves is about to flower the central part of... Continue Reading →

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