Pomahaka River, West Otago

This afternoon we took off for a drive to explore some back roads and eventually ended up at Waikaia for pizza at the pub. We went all over the place before getting there though. From home we went to Moa Flat, Wilden Settlement Road, Deepdell Road, Switzers Road, Winding Creek Road to Waikaia. And then... Continue Reading →

Paradise Shelduck

This beautiful endemic shelduck has a large body like a goose and we see them often whether in city parks or farm fields. Wild ones aren't tolerant of disturbance and readily take off with both birds in full cry - they are very noisy with distinct male/female voices and both are very vocal. The duck... Continue Reading →

Winding Creek Road

When we drove from Tapanui to Waikaia on Saturday it was cold outside. We found these lovely icicles by the roadside, spotted them from the car. Like a special little grotto! Nigel took these photos, 13 June 2020. These photos were all taken at this place. If you'd like to see the road a map ... Continue Reading →

Waikaia River in Winter

Soon after we left the town of Waikaia on Saturday 13 June, I suggested to Nigel that we turn down a side road that headed straight toward the Waikaia River. It gave us access to the riverside and I took these photos with my cellphone. It's now winter here in New Zealand. Waikaia is in... Continue Reading →

Burn ‘n’ Bridge

Here again is the Argyle Burn at Waikaia, Southland and this time we've walked under the road bridge that we'd driven over earlier in the day. I wandered under the bridge because our lovely native fantails were demonstrating their acrobatics there. I soon realised they showed-up so small on my cellphone screen I couldn't see... Continue Reading →

Argyle Burn, Waikaia

Today was a lovely clear and sunny winter day although cold outside of the car. I suggested to Nigel that we return to the road of the apple tree and continue right through to Waikaia - a lovely rural Southland settlement that I've posted about before. As we came into town over a bridge I... Continue Reading →

Country Bridges

These photos were taken by Nigel when he was returning from Balclutha on Thursday 28 May. There's a current road bridge and an old no-longer-used railway bridge. The location is called Conical Hill and it's a very pleasant drive. Photos taken by Nigel I took this tight crop out of another photo. Text by Liz,... Continue Reading →

Priceless Gift

-- poem by Eileen Carney Hulme Poet in Scotland, three books published Stroking The Air 2005, The Space Between Rain 2010, The Stone Messenger 2015 [poem used with permission] Twitter:  @strokingtheair I was delighted to also find on Twitter this lovely colourful photo of a starling mumuration at Brighton (UK). Many thanks to Marianna Bjerglys,... Continue Reading →

Unfolding Life

Moments of beauty are especially cherished in these troubled times, that's why I want to remind you about one of my favourite bloggers. Jean Mackay shares her delightful observations of nature via exquisite journal pages at Drawn In. Her subject material is generally local to where she lives in New York State but elsewhere when... Continue Reading →

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