Reshaping

We headed south-west to the coastal town of Riverton on Saturday 09 January. Nigel worked for a couple of hours, the rest of the day was ours. Crazy weather, constant cycle of sun, showers and heavy rain. Still got a few pics 🙂 Good to have a day away from social media and news ..... Continue Reading →

White Rata

When we enjoyed the surprise view of the yellow-flowered Southern Rata on 09 December 2020, there was another surprise for us - we saw a White Rata as well! This is Bartlett's rata, (Metrosideros bartlettii). According to the curator of the native plant collection, this is an extremely rare species from Northland. Dunedin Botanic Garden,... Continue Reading →

Cabbage Tree Cheer

We're two-thirds of the way through Spring and our native cabbage trees are putting on a wonderful show, flowering profusely. Nigel was driving home yesterday and looked for somewhere to stop in order to get pictures. These were all taken from the one stop, a little north of Kingston and by Lake Wakatipu. New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Handkerchief Tree

I got a surprise at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 24 October 2020 to look up and see a handkerchief tree (dove tree, ghost tree) in flower, mainly because I'd been to the same spot an hour or two earlier and hadn't noticed it! New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge. Davidia involucrata Here's a... Continue Reading →

Confronting Covid

In Dunedin on Sunday 01 November we'd attended Knox Church (Presbyterian) in the morning and as we were leaving I caught a glimpse of palm tree flowers in the garden. This is what we saw once we'd found our way to the palm which, by the way, isn't native. Photos taken by Nigel. - and... Continue Reading →

Beauty of Trees

First four photos taken in Hamilton Park, Gore on the same lovely spring evening when I took the hawthorn blossom and willow shots. Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken 03 Nov 2020. Last two photos taken in central Gore, at the public garden. Click on any photo below to enlarge. White rhododendron at Gore Public Garden.... Continue Reading →

Willowy Gymnasts

Trimmed trees ... these willows have been drastically cut back. And bent by the prevailing winds. In addition, Nigel gave me photos he'd taken - of me taking the photos! Hamilton Park, Gore, Southland. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. These two reminded me of a couple of gymnasts! There were three all... Continue Reading →

Fab Tree Fern

Found this lovely native tree fern in the rhododendron area at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. There's lots of paths and some of the shadier paths have various kinds of ferns. As you can see it was a perfect spring day and I was thrilled to wander around at will. Nigel had other things to... Continue Reading →

Shining Bright

Kowhai flowers (Sophora sp.) in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand on 25 Oct 2020. Damaged tree that appears to be dying, these flowers at eye-level.

Native Pigeons

New Zealand pigeons are beautiful birds that are big, plump, colourful and look like they're wearing white singlets. I spotted these pigeons feeding, up high in an elm tree, when we were last in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz 26 September 2020 Click on any photo to enlarge FIVE pigeons in... Continue Reading →

Nature’s Magic Tricks

Surprise tricks played on us by Nature who blasted us with freezing cold Antarctic wind when we were already a month into Spring. Our town is blanketed in thick white snow. Nigel took these photos at home (later in the morning than the ones I posted earlier). We've seen a lot of chopping and changing... Continue Reading →

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