Gracious Homestead

We recently happened upon this beautiful old homestead that dates back to 1906 while aimlessly driving out in the country on a back road. No historic signs or anything, just a privately owned beautiful old house. The owners were lovely and allowed us to have a look at their garden area around the home. Prior... Continue Reading →

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 →

Around The Bend

"... pedestrian/cycleway bridge in the suburb of Green Island, Dunedin, New Zealand. This is the main street end of the bridge; it has a spiral ramp connecting street and bridge. The bridge spans a stream and motorway, crossing over to an extensive residential area." --copied from my previous post Sweeping Spiral (more photos). The photos... 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 →

A Merry Christmas Bush Walk

Spur-of-the-moment this morning: I suggested to Nigel that we take a break and explore a bush track that's only a short drive from home. We'd been to the public domain before but had never explored the track. Black Gully, Blue Mountains, West Otago, New Zealand. We just did a small part of the track, it's... 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 →

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 →

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