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New Zealand field trips September 2007
« on: October 03, 2007, 11:40:32 AM »
Now it is  October I had better post these pictures of a trip taken by the Botanical Society of Otago to the Catlins in South Otago on the 15th and 16th of September before I forget about them. Amongst the party was a lass Kate who had studied horticulture at Edinburgh Botanic gardens. As this not strictly an alpine theme I will post it in the general section

First photo is scenic Tahakopa Bay.

Second shot is of the lighthouse at Nugget Point. On a clear day I can see this point from my house on the Otago Peninsula.

Third shot is of the cliffs at Nuggets Point showing the wind-shorn scrub on the hillside above the track leading to the lighthose.

Fourth photo is of the kowhai Sophora microphylla in full flower. This is normally a tree but these plants were shrubs growing close to the ground because of the exposed conditions.

Fifth shot is of Melicytus alpinus flowering. This particular form has been recorded under different names by different botanists.

Sixth shot is of the local endemic Celmisia lindsayi which grows in profusion on the cliffs in the area. It is too early for flowers.

Seventh picture is of Pimlea lyallii taken further south at Cannibal Bay.

Eighth picture is of a cuddly little Hooker's sealion on the beach at Cannibal Bay

Ninth picture is of a slightly annoyed cuddly little Hooker's sealion charging a photographer (not me) It got upset by being surrounded by about a dozen people all staring at it while it was tying to have a snooze.

Tenth picture is of a blackbird sitting on a koradi stick singing its heart out..
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2007, 11:50:20 AM »
What lovely scenery you have , David, no wonder your Tourist board is so busy .

Is "Kate" doing a stint at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens now? We have a lassie with SRGC connections due to be doing that, but I cannot remember her name. Sorry, far-travelled Horticultural Girl!!ere is Coltland!

Of course- it was Kate  Barnard, who went on to have a placement at the Cruickshank Botanic Garden here in Aberdeen and who is now working elsewhere in Scotland.  :)
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/botanic-garden/news/173/

Edit to add link to Cruickshank Garden thread : http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=10010.0
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2007, 11:55:21 AM »
Super images David....many thanks for posting.
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2007, 08:04:20 PM »
Great pictures David. Nice to have you back and posting.

Lesley Cox - near Dunedin, lower east coast, South Island of New Zealand - Zone 9

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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2007, 10:53:06 PM »
Nice pics David.

Maggi and others-- this area is on the 'Southern Scenic Route '.

Large areas of unmodified coastal forest ,(although some places have been milled /cleared),gives visitors a glimpse of what most of the southern part of the South Island must have looked like prior to settlement by us pakeha, (non Maori person).

My most recent visit to the area was during 'peak period' two summers ago and although hearing it had become more popular with tourists ,i was pleased to find there was still plenty of scope for those wanting to avoid the masses and enjoy a remote experience .   

We are hardy souls --us Southerners-- i can just make out a house on the ridge line up against a conifer shelter belt in Davids third shot ,(of the Nugget Point cliffs).

Oops nearly forgot .The locals seem to have their own way of dealing with those that stray outside the law.I took the opportunity to try out the following --not recommended--very uncomfortable.It should be noted that it was my friend who came to the rescue ,not my wife ,(or his in fact), as the two women were too busy giggling and discussing the merits of having something similar at our respective residences. 


Cheers Dave.
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2007, 09:49:17 AM »
Dave
Indeed Kate received a grant from The SRGC Diana Aitchison Fund.
I was supposed to email her contacts in the Otago area but I lost her email address when our computer crashed so I never could send her the contacts.
I am pleased she has got in touch with you Dave and others please give her my apologies for not contacting her.
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2007, 10:51:36 AM »
Ive been keeping my head down a bit lately and will not be posting again for a week or so as I am camera-less at the moment as I have sent it away to get the CCD sensor cleaned.

The house that Dave refers to was formerly the lighthouse keeper's house befor they automated the light and is now owned by the Department of Conservation. We were able to stay there the night.  The Nuggets is an important area for wildlife with penguins and other seabirds. There is a public viewing hide at a place called Roaring Bay where we were able to watch yellow-eyed penguins go out to sea in the morning,

It is nice to have the Northern Hemisphere students down here visiting and working.it certainly keeps us up to the mark out in the field with our plant identifications! Kate was interested in seeing Libertia peregrinans in the wild as she said it was a valuable and treasured plant in Edinburgh. We found some at Cannibal Bay in its natural sand dune habitat where it is becoming increasingly rare. However it has become rampant weed in my garden and is actually invading the adjacent lawn.  For another interesting textural plant here is Isolepis nodosa at Cannibal Bay
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2007, 01:04:22 PM »
I've said it before and I'll say it again-what a beautiful country. Thanks for posting folks.
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2007, 08:37:15 PM »
The locals seem to have their own way of dealing with those that stray outside the law.

It couldn't happen to a nicer man, and richly deserved too.

I suppose I'll pay for that next weekend. ;D
Lesley Cox - near Dunedin, lower east coast, South Island of New Zealand - Zone 9

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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2007, 09:50:36 PM »
Anyone know how the World Cup matches ended up?

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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2007, 09:53:44 PM »
Could only have got that post on more quickly by missing the final whistle.............
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2007, 05:21:52 AM »
That is WICKEDLY UNKIND of you to ask Cliff. But serves me right, and hopefully I'll learn not to count my chickens before they're hatched, or tries before the line is crossed. If I were a nice person I'd say "Well done" to the English and the French. As it is, I'll just hope that Argentina comes through to uphold southern hopes.
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2007, 08:20:06 AM »
UPSETTING ALL YOUR SCOTTISH FRIENDS AS WELL EH........ ??

Good job it's only a game Lesley?   Think your lot still do quite well at lawn bowls!

(Leave it now Cliff or there could be lots of tattooed men outside your greenhouse with weedkiller and cudgels).

Probable outcome on Saturday....England 6  France 24
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Re: New Zealand field trips September 2007
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2007, 09:21:03 PM »
Lawn bowls? Oh puleeeeeeze!
But PS - your Androsace seed is germinating - many thanks.
Lesley Cox - near Dunedin, lower east coast, South Island of New Zealand - Zone 9

 


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