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October 30, 2014 … homeward bound

Our booking to cross the strait is for today, so yesterday we drove from Queenstown to Windwhistle.

From the Gibbston Valley into the Kawarau Gorge, this is more like winter than early summer

As we pulled out of Queenstown in drifting drizzling rain, we caught glimpses of the Remarkables and they clearly had a fresh coat of snow. We went though the Kawarau Gorge early enough that we seemed to be the only vehicle on the road.

Near Tarras, heading North

From Cromwell, we drove along the Eastern shore of lake Dunstan to Tarras and then began the long climb towards the Lindis Pass. The higher we got the more glimpses we had of solid white snow over sharp black rock.

Lindis Pass Summit in unseasonal snow

And then we were at the summit of the pass. The snow was not deep, but it was spectacularly beautiful. We stopped and took a few shots and were pulling out just as a bus load of overjoyed visitors from China pulled in. Down the hill to Omarama, and on to Twizel for some hot coffee and tea to offset the chill. I have to say that the Lindis Pass is one of my favourite pieces of road anywhere.

Mighty mountain
Mt Cook and companions behind lake Pukaki

Beside Lake Pukaki., I paused for the traditional shot of Aoraki/Mt Cook which was hiding in the clouds.

Yellow crop and white snow near Fairlie

My last shot from yesterday was taken as we climbed the hill out of Fairlie bound for Geraldine. My alpine geography is shaky at best, but I suspect we are looking towards Mt Dobson. The wonderful yellow of the rapeseed crop in the foreground is really the photo, though. And so to the magically named Windwhistle.

More tomorrow.



By wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures.

This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.

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