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Where roses "riot" and the rain brings a new crop of waterfalls

Posted by Saralynn White

Written by Joyce Ann Pardue, MD    

long white cloud thinkstockAOTEAROA: Land of the Long White Cloud.
Aptly named, as one can look into the New Zealand sky at any given moment and see such clouds somewhere above the horizon.



Lavendar LupinesFLOWERS in abundance. Fields of Calla Lilies and Lilies of the Nile grow wild along the roadsides. Roses "riot" from mid November until mid January. One gardener's yard was a fantasy land of purples and lavenders. Stunning, to say the least. Flowering trees also abound - some just to be "showy" as many of these don't produce fruit. It would be hard to guess Mother Nature's favorite color for flowers, but I'd guess either purple or red.

new zealand spring waterfall 123rfWATERFALLS galore! On the Milford Walk we were serenaded with waterfalls practically every step of the way. At one point, we were in an open space surrounded with mountains beribboned with waterfalls - we appreciated the "surround sound" effect. In a setting like this, one is inspired, uplifted and adrenalized, which is a wonderful antidote to the discomforts of a long hike in adverse conditions. When it rains, it is as if there is a "new crop" of waterfalls as fresh ones come tumbling out of the mountains...

Dr. Joyce Ann Pardue is a Psychiatrist from Pasadena, Texas, USA, who has worked as a Global Medical locum tenens in her much-loved New Zealand, as well as Australia. Her self-proclaimed "sketchy reports" have inspired other physicians and their families to follow in her footsteps down under. Watch right here for more of her communiqués.

Topics: New Zealand, Milford Track, Dr. Joyce Ann Pardue, Flowers

Where Mother Nature sings the blues in color

Posted by Saralynn White

Written by Joyce Ann Pardue, MD  

Don't know that you will be able to appreciate this lovely little South Pacific Island [New Zealand] from such a sketchy report but maybe it will whet your appetite to put it on your future destinations list.

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When Mother Nature sings the "BLUES" it is about COLOR! Every hue ever dreamed, created, manufactured or concocted has been used generously. Imagine clear, sparkling azure in a waterfall, seas from the deepest, darkest sapphire to a grand array of blue-greens and rivers and lakes reflecting the many shades of turquoise. Oh, but these beautiful blues aren't confined to the waters - they are found in the skies, the flowers and even in the little glowworms.

Likewise, the GREENS, which range from the soft, light and delicate green of new growth to the deepest, most intense shades of evergreens. Mosses that look like vibrant velvet. Even chartreuse is "pretty" and/or more appealing when referred to as "kiwi green". Sunlight itself, when filtered through the canopy of a rainforest, glows green.

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FRAGRANT FORESTS - how does one describe fragrances? Fresh. Sweet. Clean. Can't describe fragrances adequately, but the sweet, fresh air was something I was often aware of as we hiked - or even as we strolled in our neighborhood.

Perhaps this gives you some idea of why I love New Zealand. It is beautiful, clean, safe and filled with wonders...

Dr. Joyce Ann Pardue is a Psychiatrist from Pasadena, Texas, USA, who has worked as a Global Medical locum tenens in her much-loved New Zealand, as well as Australia. Her self-proclaimed "sketchy reports" have inspired other physicians and their families to follow in her footsteps down under. Watch right here for more of her communiqués.

Topics: Locum Tenens, New Zealand, Dr. Joyce Ann Pardue

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