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 →

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 →

Two Shades of Pink

This evening I suggested to Nigel that we make the most of the lovely spring evening and visit Gore to check out hawthorn blossom at Hamilton Park. Here's two of my photos, showing two shades of pink blossom on adjacent trees - deep pink and light pink. Gore, Southland. Click on either photo to enlarge.... 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 →

Pretty Pigeons

More New Zealand pigeons / kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae). This morning I spent time in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and found small groups of pigeons feeding on the new spring growth of some trees. Dunedin, New Zealand Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz Cowburn; Exploring Colour (2020)

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 →

Brighten The Blue

We were in Dunedin much of Thurs/Fri/Sat and managed to spend time in Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sat before reluctantly leaving to go home. Many native kōwhai trees are in glorious golden blossom now, and these below were particularly bright and gorgeous - stunning against the perfect blue sky. There's much to make us anxious... 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 →

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