Monday dawned fine, the air was cool, the sky was clear, and all was good for home travel.
The Central Plateau was stunning, as late spring snow covered the tops of all the three mountains.
Mt Ruapehu, 2797 m altitude, (9177 feet) where most of the North Island skiing is held, had some cloud skimming across the top.
I did some processing, and here it is in sepia tones, reminiscent of the early 1900’s before colour photography progressed to how it is today .
Mount Ngauruhoe , 2291 m . (7516 feet) also had some cloud, and Mount Tongariro, 1978 m (6490 feet) the northernmost, had some steam coming from the vent on the very northern side, obscured as we drove further south.There wasn’t any safe place to stop for photos , we waited till we reached a wide pull off area.
Large parts of the lower areas are covered with tussock grass , and there are larger areas of volcanic rock , where nothing grows. This area can get up to/ or more than 270 ground frosts a year, with altitudes of 600m and up to 100m, asl, (2000 ft, to 3,3000 ft), The land is mostly uninhabited, apart from Waiouru, where the Waiouru Military Camp is based, 163,000 acres, or 63,000 hectares of barren land, used for the camp base, and military training,
The night sky showed prospects of a fine day on Tuesday, with frosts, deep red clouds against grey/blue.
This morning was zero Celsius at 6 a.m.!!! Fire lit, coffee ready, and warmer clothes before I venture outside.The sun’s rays started to show across the lawn, and lit up the green conifer tree. And the little parrot tulip had very slight frosting , barely visible in the photo, on the pink petals.
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ Good things might be 'round the next corner, so keep on walking”
Greetings from Jean