Five Eyes: Ellen Jennings

Ellen Jennings lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry, USA and photographs the abundant wildlife and natural environment in her area. She has a knack for capturing a little 'something special' of the character of her subjects that keeps me hooked on her imagery! Passing By Photo is a collection of Ellen's photography:  Home  |  Image... Continue Reading →

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Bright is Beautiful

Yesterday morning I came across a colourful blog-post by Sayanti Dasgupta that features the photo below, and I was blown away by it. Sayanti was very helpful answering my questions and I found out that this Gond mural is next to the entrance of the first floor of her house. I also learned from Sayanti... Continue Reading →

Winter Willow

On that freezing cold Saturday, 02 June, when we were on our way home through Central Otago, we passed these frozen willows. This was after we'd left Fruitlands and we were somewhere between Gorge Creek and Shingle Creek. Central Otago, New Zealand. The trees were right by the highway. - Photo by Nigel Some of... Continue Reading →

Australia – True Colours

I love New Zealand and this is where my heart is, but you just can't beat the colourful landscapes of Australia (not to mention the huge variety of colourful birds). I'm totally in LOVE with the colours of Australia! Some time ago I found an amazing blog by a couple of Australian adventurers and I... Continue Reading →

Speargrass Inn: Garden

Photos from the garden that surrounds Speargrass Inn at Fruitlands, Central Otago. We arrived at the Inn but they were Out (closed for the winter). This post continues Fruitless Fruitlands which included a rustic wagon. The beautiful pine tree below is near the wagon - you can partially see it in some photos. The pine... Continue Reading →

Fruitless Fruitlands

Speargrass Inn is a beautifully restored historic hotel now operating as a cafe with separate B&B accommodation. We'd hoped to enjoy the cafe on our way back home on Saturday. The district where Speargrass Inn is located is called Fruitlands and we found the cafe had closed for the winter hence my title 'Fruitless Fruitlands'.... Continue Reading →

Mysterious Medlar

The medlar is a strange tree with a few uncomplimentary common names that aren't fit to publish on this blog. I like the name 'medlar' though, sounds old like the dodo. The flowers are pretty, the fruits are, er ... interesting (they give rise to the aforesaid uncomplimentary common names). The fruits need to be... Continue Reading →

Screening When Its Sunny

Its autumn in New Zealand and we were treated to a rare show on Tuesday afternoon, rare because we haven't seen much sun in Gore lately. Nigel and I decided to walk into town, our route taking us past a long cypress hedge that's very trim and tidy (it had a serious hedge-trimming a few... Continue Reading →

Spring Blossom Poem

Shortly before I published yesterday's post of spring blossom photos from NYC, Damien from Paris published this wonderful poem on his blog Deuximepeau; Picturing Poetry. Here I share Damien's poem and photograph with his permission. The presentation here differs slightly to his own blog-post. From:   The Burden of Beauty By Damien B. Donnelly  |  14... Continue Reading →

Spring Blossom in Douglas Manor, NYC

Beautiful spring blossom from New York! No, I'm not travelling (oh, I wish I was) but these photos are from a fabulous blog-post that came through on Sunday, 13 May NZ-time and I requested permission to share them here so that you'd get to see them too. If you're into architecture, specifically historic Arts and... Continue Reading →

Golden ash tree in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Photo taken by Nigel 29 Mar 2018, mid-afternoon. March is autumn in New Zealand.

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