Cabbage Tree in Gore

Although we see plenty of cabbage trees down south, we both really enjoy them. This is a very distinctive native New Zealand tree that looks like it came straight out of a Dr Seuss book. We see this particular cabbage tree often as its on one of our walking routes into town, on the edge... Continue Reading →

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Cornus nuttallii

This tree was a surprise find when I was in Gore Public Gardens yesterday. Those of you from western North America will probably be familiar with it because it comes from your part of the world. Western dogwood, Pacific dogwood and Mountain dogwood are common names. Cornus nuttallii is named after Thomas Nuttall who carried... Continue Reading →

Decked Out in Pink

On Saturday when Nigel photographed the rural moa sculpture he also took some very colourful photos of pink blossom in the Central Otago town of Alexandra. Beautiful pink blossom against a brilliant blue sky is a treat! These photos all taken by Nigel on 06 October 2018 (springtime in NZ) Pink Blossom in Alexandra All photos... Continue Reading →

Espaliered tree in spring bloom, apple tree I think. Photo taken from the street. For Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Grow. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. 05 Oct 2018

Which Way: Close To Home

Which Way is a fascinating challenge at so many levels. It runs for a week from when it was posted on 27 September and my first entry was an alarmed door. Now I'm sharing a few photos of a street that's near where we live in Gore, Southland, New Zealand Close To Home When walking... Continue Reading →

Showy In Spring

Mature magnolia trees in Gore Public Gardens showing off the beauty of their blossom on 12 September 2018. Gore, Southland, New Zealand After winter it was a real treat to enjoy the sights and scents of spring. In the first photo Nigel's enjoying a wander. ** Click on either photo to enlarge ** In the... Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossom at Maple Glen

Springtime at Maple Glen Gardens is a sight not to be missed. These photos were taken by Nigel and me during a lovely afternoon visit on 15 September 2018. This 42-acre private garden has been developed from bare farmland over decades by Muriel, Bob and Rob Davison. Maple Glen Gardens is located in Southland, New... Continue Reading →

Gnarly Elm

I haven't been completely distracted by all the beautiful spring blossom that we're currently enjoying. This gnarly old elm tree attracted my attention and I took some time out to photograph its features...its an impressive tree! Gore Public Gardens, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz 18 Sept 2018 Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Birch

There's a lovely tall birch tree with white trunk and branches in Gore Public Gardens. I took photos on a grey day a few days ago and then some more photos yesterday morning when it was bright and sunny. I deleted most of my shots but here are two from each day's photos that I... Continue Reading →

Greenhills near Bluff

Near Bluff there's a tiny settlement called Greenhills and we took a little detour there to drive the short distance to Colyers Island. The small island is in private ownership. You soon leave the Greenhills settlement behind and then find a rural beach area with harbour views and of course, Colyers Island. Photos taken by... Continue Reading →

Standout Magnolia

The magnolia stopped me in my tracks as Nigel and I walked into Gore from our home, via Bannerman Park. I nearly missed it, just caught a glimpse of something really bright and almost fluorescent up a side path. I yelled at Nigel to come back and we went via the magnolia instead, delighting in... Continue Reading →

The Celestial Sphere

Looking out the kitchen window I saw a neat cloud formation. I got distracted and then once again remembered the cloud; the pattern had spread a bit but was still really interesting so I hurried to get some cellphone shots. While doing some research for this post I learned from the Wikipedia entry for Sky... Continue Reading →

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