Friday, August 30, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

For Friday here is the flower bud of a Rhododendron konori.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Don't know what this flower was, but it reminded me of Brain Coral.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

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Then we were off to the Dunedin Botanic Garden. It is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of Garden of International Significance. It has hill views from sunny lawns, more than 6,800 plant species and the song of wild native bellbirds, wood pigeons and tui.

The Garden celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2013, marking its position as New Zealand’s first botanic garden.

Its wide range of horticultural and botanical collections includes roses, the herbaceous and perennial borders, a rock garden, New Zealand native plants and four hectares of Rhododendron Dell with more than 3,000 rhododendrons. An important aspect of The New Zealand Native plant collection is the cultivation of rare and endangered native plant species.

The geographic plant collections are an expression of the Victorian penchant for collection and growing plants from all around the world and displaying them in related groups. This collection has plants from temperate climates of North Asia, the South, Central and North Americas, Southern Africa, the Himalayas and the Mediterranean.
Let the pictures begin.

Friday, August 23, 2013

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The exceptional attention to detail is not limited to its exterior. The foyer and booking hall's elaborate ornamentation is bathed in a soft golden light that reinforces the wealth of the city of Dunedin at the time. But what caught my eye was the stained-glass with a locomotive that steams on above the cipher of New Zealand Railways, with its letters N, Z and R elaborately intertwined.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Dunedin Railway Station - This building perhaps embodies Dunedin's wealthy inheritance. During the city's most prosperous years this railway station was the country's busiest, handling up to 100 trains each day. Though there have been many debates about whether the building is actually beautiful or not, the overall effect is undeniably grandiose and the station is New Zealand’s most photographed building. Construction began in 1903 and the station was officially opened in 1906. It was designed in the fashionable, desirable and highly expensive Edwardian Baroque style. Unusually though, architect George Troup uses an experimental collaboration of Classical and Neo-Gothic imagery, which creates a grand and classically regimented structure, with an assorted and asymmetric countenance. They just don't build them like this anymore.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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We were fortified with a latte from our favorite Barista before we headed into Dunedin.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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As we pulled into Dunedin this sunrise greeted us.

Monday, August 19, 2013

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As we traveled south around the South Island of New Zealand we enjoyed this colorful sunset.

Friday, August 16, 2013

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It was time to leave Milford Sound and these kayakers waved goodbye.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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From Clouds to Glacier to Waterfalls to Ocean this picture tells it all.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect. Here is one of the many waterfalls that I saw, Stirling Falls, second name Waimanu Falls, is the most magnificent waterfall in the world's famous Milford Sound.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Maori are believed to have discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago, returning seasonally to the fiord, collecting the much prized pounamu (greenstone). These treks from the east used traditional pathways across passes such as MacKinnon Pass on the Milford Track. The Maori named the sound Piopiotahi after the thrush-like piopio bird, which is now extinct. In 1912 John Grono was the first European settler to land in the sound. He named Milford Sound after Milford Haven in Wales. As we moved up the sound there was a new view with each turn.

Monday, August 12, 2013

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After crossing the Tasman Sea from Tasmania to New Zealand we entered Milford Sound. Despite being one of the most accessible fiords, Milford Sound remains quiet and still, bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest. Rain or shine, Milford Sound continues to captivate even the most experienced traveler. At the pinnacle of Milford Sound is the magnetizing Mitre Peak - standing a proud 1,692 meters above sea level, it is certainly an impressive sight to behold. Milford Sound is by far the best known of all of the fiords in New Zealand. Here we are about to enter this magical land.

Friday, August 9, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

While I have many more images of the gardens, I will end this series of Australia and it's gardens with this Lily Pond. Next week - on to New Zealand!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

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I know this won't fit on your wrist. This floral clock was built by Cadets at the Science Centre of the Education Department and installed in December 1968. It was to mark the 150th Anniversary of the founding of these gardens in 1818.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

South Pacific - Australia

The Gardens had a wonderful orchid collection - here are two for your viewing pleasure.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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A series of land based sculpture environments were installed in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. International Award winning sculptor Marcus Tatton continues his enquiry into the interface between humans and the natural world using natural and mixed media in 8 large scale, site specific land works. Here are a few.





Monday, August 5, 2013

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When you first enter the gardens you can visit the Friend's Cottage where you can see the following beautiful embroidery.

Friday, August 2, 2013

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Three symmetrical flowers from the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart for Friday.



Thursday, August 1, 2013