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Weekly photo challenge: Entrance 2

Entrance to our driveway during snow fall

You may wonder why tyre tracks in the snow is such a big deal. For many of you, it’s no big deal at all – it’s just part of life.

But for us Wellingtonians, snow is a rarity.

The last time we had significant snowfall in Wellington was 1976. I remember it well because my brother had just left the country to go see the Montreal Olympics and we sent him photographs. And several days later my elder brother was tragically killed.

It started snowing here yesterday. Temperatures plumetted, the sky above turned grey, sleet and then snow fell. Roofs and fences were still covered when I awoke this morning even though the roads had cleared. We’ve had intermittent snow falls during the day and because it’s still very cold (due to a polar blast from the Antarctic) it remains. Although the snow looks very thin in the above photograph, it’s several inches thick on our back lawn and roof.

I repeat – this is a highly unusual event for Wellingtonians.

We love it!!!!

Facebook friends (including myself) have posted countless photographs of fun in the snow or flowers in the snow and all conversations begin with talk of snow.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Woozle tracks in the early morning snow

Weekly photo challenge: Mountains 2

In the pink

New Zealand is blessed with the most magnificent mountains. My previous post featured Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont) as seen from the air, while this weekly photo challenge shows Mt Ruapehu; Mts Ngauruhoe and Tongariro are obscured by cloud.

These are all North Island mountains. Mt Ruapehu (also Mt Taranaki) are favourite destinations for skiers and snow boarders – anyone seeking a snowy retreat. The field and climate conditions are not quite as reliable or extensive as those in the South Island where there is far greater choice.

I first ventured out onto the snow when I was 15 years old. I booked into a ski lodge and went up on my own taking with me an old pair of wooden skis belonging to my elderly uncle (he’d be 111 now!) I didn’t know any better … they were very heavy, very long and they left a trail of splinters in the snow wherever I went. I must have looked totally ridiculous, but I didn’t care…

They had last been used many years before when Uncle Leon ended up in Taumarunui Hospital with a broken leg. I remember us having to take a family trip in the old station wagon to retrieve him!

I don’t know how I managed on those old skis – I probably kept to the learners slopes! Rest assured, I wasn’t deterred. Next time I went skiing I took much more up-to-date gear, which didn’t make me a better skier.

Nowadays I admire from afar – and keep warm.

Even in summer these mountains have a dusting of snow on the peaks. This photograph, taken from the head of lake Taupo, dates back to last December, the beginning of our New Zealand summer.