Horse Chestnut flower (Aesculus hippocastanum 'Baumannii'), Invermay, Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken 26 Nov 2017

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Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria); cone forming. Invermay, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo taken by Nigel at Invermay Campus, Sun 26 Nov 2017

Red valerian (Centranthus ruber) and thyme growing wild at Cromwell Gorge, Central Otago, New Zealand. Taken yesterday, 19 Oct 2017 on a sunny, hot afternoon during a business trip

Nigel enjoying some time off, looking around the Propagation Facility at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Bromeliad area. Open day, Sunday 15 October, 2017. Photo taken by Liz

All Fragmentation is Loss

When we change nature (whether forest, pond, stream or meadow) by, for instance: Adding a persistent toxic chemical, e.g. a herbicide, arsenic from treated timber, asbestos from brake linings... Removing a species permanently Felling trees and/or opening the edge of a closed woodland, we harm it in ways that will not self-repair within a human... Continue Reading →

Ephemeral but beautiful, only flowering for a few days, so all the more worthwhile. White cherry blossom. Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Garrya elliptica or Coast silk tassel at Milton, Otago, NZ; 21 Aug 2017. Native (endemic) to the coastal counties of California from Ventura County to southwestern Oregon. Winter flowering shrub or tree. The male plant is the most showy with long catkins.

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