Beauty from The Emerald Isle

Stunning photos from Ireland, taken by Damien who's recently returned from a visit to his homeland. "The fog over Connemara and the fjords lingers all year around I think which adds to the sensation of 40 weathers in one day (a little rain, a little sun, a little sleet and a little shade) which also... Continue Reading →

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Pea Sea, Port Chalmers

Had to share this with y'all courtesy of 'rob allan'  @allanrob9  on Twitter. Port Chalmers is this wonderful port town near Dunedin. The huge container hoists down at the harbour dominate the town. Main street has an eclectic mix of old buildings.. real interesting place. This older post of mine shows the  huge hoists loading... Continue Reading →

Fiordland, New Zealand

I recently found Samuel Bloch on Twitter - he's been travelling in New Zealand and taking awesome photos. Samuel describes himself as a French birder and photographer. He has a WP blog  Eiwawar  which I follow. Today he published a particularly fine post with photos of scenery and birdlife that he encountered while travelling the... Continue Reading →

Connections

"I remember the morning this poem began and it was in Stockholm in the middle of a heavy fog as I traced a narrow path around one of the city’s many islands and at one point I came to a small deserted boardwalk and walked out into the morning, across the wood, over the water,... Continue Reading →

Aussie Blues

A small selection of blue images courtesy of Tracy who lives in Australia and blogs at  Reflections of An Untidy Mind. She posted the images Aug 15, 2018 and I spotted the post yesterday when it appeared as a "related post". Blue for You -- I chose my favourite five photos from Tracy's post  Blue... Continue Reading →

Winter Warmth

Returning to Tapanui from Balclutha we encountered a pretty rural sunset scene as we drove through Conical Hill in the Pomahaka area. I asked Nigel to turn around because I'd spotted an irresistable view that included a stream and an old bailey bridge. We both hopped out in the drizzle to take photos and Nigel's... Continue Reading →

Spotted Shags (Cormorants)

Spotted shags and a single gull, found by Nigel yesterday when he visited the Kaka Point area in The Catlins. Looking at the photos last night, neither of us knew the identity of this shag but I'm confident from my online research that these are Spotted Shags. This is on the south coast of the... Continue Reading →

Group of shags (cormorants) and single gull on a rocky outcrop at Kaka Point in The Catlins, South Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 14 June 2019

Swirling Water

Driving to Millers Flat we noticed how high the Clutha River was. After leaving Faigan's Cafe we decided to drive to Roxburgh and have a look at the hydro dam. At the base of the dam the air was chilly and there was a constant roar from the rushing water. Here's two photos of Roxburgh... Continue Reading →

Kelp in Surf at Bluff

Steve Schwartzman gave me a link to his stunning photo of kelp swirling in the surf at Bluff taken 24 February, 2017. Bluff is a port town right down the bottom of the South Island (not far from Invercargill). Southland, New Zealand Here's part of the description from Steve's blog-post: "The bull kelp (Durvillaea antarctica... Continue Reading →

Fighting For The Fossils

Whoomph.. the volcano blew its top and left a crater. The big hole, shaped like an ice-cream cone, then filled with water. There was nothing to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the lake (described as "anoxic" i.e. no oxygen). Around the lake an evergreen rainforest, a "vine forest", supported all sorts of plant... Continue Reading →

Fossil Lake, Foulden Maar

Beautiful drawing of Foulden Maar fossil lake deposit. "This reconstruction of the 23-million-year-old fossil lake deposit Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand, was commissioned by palaeontologist Dr Daphne Lee and drawn by artist/ecologist Dr Paula Peeters. The preservation of the site is so good that individual flowers, leaves, and insects can be identified. The drawing... Continue Reading →

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