Daffodil Legacy

Hart’s Black Horse Brewery closed in 1923 and little but ruins remain today but.. there's daffodils! Starting in 1895, the Hart family planted thousands of specially-imported daffodil bulbs. This afternoon we drove to Weatherstons near the rural town of Lawrence and spent an hour wandering around the property. Afterward we visited the wonderful corner dairy... 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 →

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 →

Clutha at Roxburgh

The river photos are of the Clutha River at Roxburgh from a riverside path, Sunday 23 Jan 2022. The Māori name Mata-au references the swift surface current of the river. The rest of the photos were taken from a spot in a small section of pine trees where I paused to enjoy the nice setting... Continue Reading →

Back Country Visit

Drove 6km off Glencoe Highway through farmland and forest to Dunsdale Reserve. "A forestry road provides access to this attractive remnant of native forest, characterised by matai and kahikatea." We then walked part of the one hour return walking track into Hokonui Forest. ~05 Jan 2022. Southland, New Zealand This was an off-the-cuff exploration. I... Continue Reading →

Frondly Ghosts

Crown ferns and new growth, looking a little ghostly Christmas morning, sunshine yet to filter through. Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago. New Zealand.

Mistletoe, and Stinkhorn

I asked Nigel to take me to the local transfer station to drop off some glass and then it occurred to me to also do a little trip over to Black Gully Reserve and see if the native mistletoe flowers are visible yet. To my delight the mistletoe is already looking great, and there was... Continue Reading →

Fanciful

My fanciful mind imagined this as an arched window from a ruined medieval abbey. It's just a bent-over tree in the bush at Black Gully Reserve, Tapanui, West Otago. Photo taken during a short bush walk yesterday afternoon. New Zealand.

Cause to Pause

We did a little walk in the local bush at Black Gully Reserve, late this afternoon. Here's two things that made me stop. The first photo was taken at the end of the walkable part of the track. The track should go further but just peters out. Even the track marker has fallen down -... Continue Reading →

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