finally a snow cap

I suppose that winter has finally arrived with the snow on the top of Mt. Taranaki as the definitive sign. Although I really don't enjoy being cold, it does make some great photos.


stormy favorites

These are the remains of the Gairloch which wrecked in 1903. Click here for more info.

Hubby took this shot of the lighthouse.


the last of the garden

The weather is turning cold this week and I wanted to get a few more garden shots before the color fades completely. I am not sure how the caterpillars will do--I just have to leave that in God's hands.



This guy hangs around our area and I see him now and then on the wires. He was sitting on Hubby's weeping cherry tree when I looked out the window. I got his picture through the window (first 2 shots) and then he flew around and came back to land on the fencepost in the last shot.

Wednesday Around the World

While out looking at the stormy ocean, we saw Cape Egmont lighthouse. You can click here for some history.

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backroad scenes

I thought I'd show you a few last bits of scenery from our trip on the backroads.  

There are pine trees everywhere. The Department of Conservation grows them commercially as well as private farmers because they grow super fast here.

I always look for wild goats for some reason.

Mt Taranaki looked a bit spooky as it was shrouded in clouds as the sun went down.

As we made our way back home, the changes of the clouds were interesting.


stormy weather photos

I guess autumn or winter has caught up with us because today was our coldest day yet this year. The forecast called for showers all around most of the country with the wind making some large waves. Since we couldn't be gardening, it was perfect timing for a trip around the mountain to see the water dance under the storm's influence.
We started out on the south part of Taranaki and made our way up the coast around the edge of the district. It seemed the farther we went, the bigger the waves were.


the last train shots

These are the last photos from our train trip from Picton to Christchurch.

The next 2 shots are of Lake Grasmere salt collecting.