Oamaru, Views

Oamaru's a town on the east coast of the South Island with a very distinct character, proudly on display in the commercial whitestone buildings of the old 'Victorian Precinct' CBD area, originating from the 1860s to 1880s and mainly comprised of large old grain and seed warehouses along with ludicrously grandiose bank buildings with imposing... Continue Reading →

Stirrings

The Uvalde shooting ‘stirred something’ in him. So he gave up his gun. A touching article.. I read it earlier today, from the Washington Post:“He looked like my grandson. I mean, they could have been twins. They have the same face,” Small said, his voice shaky with emotion. “It just stirred something in me.” What... Continue Reading →

Eweburn

We found Eweburn not far down the road from Ranfurly after we'd driven slightly further out of town from the Catholic Church. This part of Central Otago is well known for various combinations of animal-term + 'burn'. At our motel the rooms were named for these places, we were in the 'Kyeburn' room! There's no... Continue Reading →

Waianakarua River

North Branch of the Waianakarua River, below Glencoe Campsite. 13 April 2022.~near the small settlement of Herbert. Waitaki, East Otago. New Zealand. We were en route home and didn't have much time but after driving some rural roads and then a rough forest road we made it to the campsite. I was having a wander... Continue Reading →

Lowcountry Dreaming ~2

At Dunedin Botanic Garden on 07 May we wandered around the pond where we found lovely irises in bloom, adding blue accents among the autumn colours presented by other flora. Again I was reminded of the many iris photo posts published by Ted & Ellen Jennings from the Lowcountry in South Carolina. Here's a 2018... Continue Reading →

Whisky Gully Creek

This was our first walk into the Whisky Gully entry to the Blue Mountains today, just up the road from home in Tapanui. Delightful! Here's two of my first pics, taken near the start of the track.. Whisky Gully Creek. Good Friday, afternoon, 15 April. West Otago, New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

Autumn Gold

The poplars at Clyde are changing colour faster than our local poplars. I took the first photo from a vantage point on the edge of town not far from the Clyde bridge, downstream of the hydro dam. Clutha River. Central Otago, New Zealand. My second photo was taken not far from our home in West... Continue Reading →

Colonel Welch

I took this pic with my cellphone on 24 March in Dunedin Botanic Garden, not realising that a label with the plant name is visible above the water.. that's a bonus! Nymphaea 'Colonel A.J. Welch' and I found a NZ website with info about it: "While not the most profuse bloomer, the Colonel is probably... Continue Reading →

Rain Go Away

Nigel took these photos yesterday in the early evening, in the rain, while we were returning to our motel through Dunedin Botanic Garden. It'd been wet all day and everything was soaked. We came back through the gardens again tonight after another very wet day and everything looks absolutely saturated. Nigel had dental surgery yesterday... Continue Reading →

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