Takapari Road, Ruahine Range , August 2011, This was as far as the quad bike could go.
Snow fell at our place on August 15th, 2011, the first time in decades. Like fairy-wonderland, we woke at 5 a.m. to silence, and snowflakes slowly falling. Careful not to walk on the lawn area, leaving the whiteness alone, Hugh took photos from the front driveway. I took the photo of the table at about 5 a.m.
Hugh walked up the drive to capture this one. The snow did not last long, and after another fall that night, it was almost all gone the next day. However ,the previous photos were taken in the Ruahine Range, about 1200 metres asl. , where the snow lasted for many days.
This was taken at almost the same spot, earlier this year.
I grew up in South Auckland, in a farming area at TeHihi. I didn’t see snow at all until I was 27. We drove to Mt Ruapehu, and I marvelled at the wonder , but for all my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, when it lasts for months, so deep, freezing cold every day, it would not be so attractive at all. Pretty when white, not so good when it turns to mush and slush .
Quotation of the day, from Ralph Waldo Emerson
“ The years teach much which the days never know”
Greetings from Jean