Sunset Surprise

This evening I glanced out the window and saw the outdoors bathed in a warm glow. I rushed to our west-facing bedroom window - the sky was alight! I grabbed my camera, shoved my gumboots on, and ran outside. Gorgeous winter sunset! Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand Winter Sunset in Tapanui Click on any photo... Continue Reading →

Pearly Gates

We found this attractive and fragrant shrub in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens when we were wandering around some paths at dusk. The plant is Osmanthus 'Pearly Gates'. I asked Nigel to take the first photo for me, composed so the 'Pearly Gates' flowers are set against the pearly sky. Dunedin, New Zealand 26 June. Click... Continue Reading →

Peering at the Moon

This morning I was again up reasonably early so I peered out the front door expecting to see a boring grey cloudy day. There were no vibrant colours like yesterday morning but enough to interest me that I tried taking a couple of photos from our front porch. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand The Moon... Continue Reading →

Argyle Burn, Waikaia

Today was a lovely clear and sunny winter day although cold outside of the car. I suggested to Nigel that we return to the road of the apple tree and continue right through to Waikaia - a lovely rural Southland settlement that I've posted about before. As we came into town over a bridge I... Continue Reading →

The Apple Tree

The same roadside apple tree as in my last post, found on 08 June and a hillside view from the same spot. In rural country near Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. First photo by me and the others by Nigel. Early winter now for us in NZ. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz;... Continue Reading →

Ripe Apples for Birds

Here's an apple tree we came across yesterday when we went for a local country drive. The tree was by the roadside but Nigel had stopped to take a photo of something else. There was a fair bit of bird activity, which lured me out of the car. Just had my cellphone so detail's not... Continue Reading →

Fading Away

Early winter here in New Zealand, the (deciduous) trees are shedding their leaves. I love the autumn season but still sad to see those lovely colours falling to the ground to slowly fade, waste away and decay. Still pretty though, when we did a local walk on 05 June. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos... Continue Reading →

Country Bridges

These photos were taken by Nigel when he was returning from Balclutha on Thursday 28 May. There's a current road bridge and an old no-longer-used railway bridge. The location is called Conical Hill and it's a very pleasant drive. Photos taken by Nigel I took this tight crop out of another photo. Text by Liz,... Continue Reading →

Distance

Distant view brought closer using the zoom lens. Central Otago on a bright afternoon, New Zealand. Taken 22 March 2020 (autumn in NZ). Near Ophir.

London planetrees

In my last post Ap-peeling Bark, Robert Parker mentioned "... it just reminded me of peeling the loose bark, from the London planetrees in front of my grandparents’ house." I love getting personal anecdotes in comment-responses so I thought I'd go with the flow and post some London planetree images from Alexandra in Central Otago,... Continue Reading →

Ap-peeling Bark

Does this appeal? New Zealand tree fuchsia, Fuchsia excorticata. Kōtukutuku. Endemic to NZ. Tree fuchsia has papery, orangish bark that peels off in strips. When we had our goats they loved to gobble the crispy, papery strips of bark. Tree Fuchsia, Southland Click on either photo to enlarge. Two different locations. Taken by Nigel Text... Continue Reading →

The Meaning of Trees

My first Liebster Award nominee has got her response underway! Kay McKenzie Cooke from Dunedin, New Zealand has posted answers to my first two questions. It was great reading what she shared and I felt very honoured that Kay who was born and raised in Southland called me a Southlander - a rare privilege indeed.... Continue Reading →

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