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 →

How Good Is Gold?

Very, very good when it's kōwhai blossom! New Zealand has eight species of kōwhai all of which are endemic. This is a specimen tree on the lawn near the herb garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. The photos are all of the same tree - I wanted to capture its special character. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

Brewery Ruins

The Black Horse brewery opened in 1866 and by all accounts did a very fine brew. The business changed names several times and was eventually bought and closed down by NZ Breweries in 1923. The workers moved to Dunedin and started working for Speight's. Most of this information is from a web page on  Weatherstons ... Continue Reading →

Just Up The Road

Other photos taken when we visited the Beaumont Bridge on the Clutha River, and subsequently drove on to Lawrence. We stopped so that I could take photos of "frightened trees" and Nigel while sitting in the car, managed to get a photo of a sweet-looking white horse. Clutha District, New Zealand. 16 September 2020. "Frightened... Continue Reading →

Cider Gum

This is the tree that I was admiring and photographing while enjoying the sound of tuis singing - the tuis were drawn by kōwhai trees that were covered in flowers nearby. This is a Eucalyptus gunnii from Tasmania, Australia otherwise known as Cider Gum. I admired its beautiful form and sweeping branches. Photos taken in... Continue Reading →

Oh The Glow!

Golden foliage trees make a colourful splash in the landscape during winter when there's not much else to brighten the scene. These photos were taken by Nigel about a month ago when we went for a local walk. It was when daffodils were in bud but hardly any had opened. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Power and Connections

Today Nigel had to catch a very early flight from Dunedin Airport so I suggested we stay at Lake Waihola Sunday night so I could drop him at the airport this morning. We settled into our motel Sunday afternoon and then set off for a bit of a driving adventure. I had the bright idea... Continue Reading →

Dodging Dastardly Blocks

I've seen genuine angst from some bloggers struggling with the recent WP change to the Block Editor. I get your frustration. There's aspects of this transition that frustrate me too. I want to assure you that your concerns are real and in my opinion WP have done a terrible job of handling this. Before I... Continue Reading →

Twistin’ time is here

Come on, let's twist again like we did last summer Yeah, let's twist again like we did last year Do you remember when things were really hummin'? Yeah, let's twist again, twistin' time is here Ee, a round and round and up and down we go again Oh, baby make me know you love me... Continue Reading →

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 →

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