The pleasant aftermath of quite a storm

This weekend we’ve experienced the positive benefits of quite a spell of wild weather. Front after front dropped up to 2 meters of snow on the local ski areas, and probably double that back in the Southern Alps.

It was a pretty unusual cycle though, as a lot of it happened accompanied by gale force south west winds. This is not a usual wind direction for winter storms around here.

Lake Wanaka with Roys Peak on the right, when it cleared on Friday morning. A year and a bit ago I traversed this ridge from right to left just before the winter snows arrived. Now it’d be quite an undertaking, but one I prefer to just imagine in the current conditions…
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As the storm petered out many southerly fronts tried to reach us, but we’re just a bit to far away [this is not the case for nearby Queenstown which is open to the south]…
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A tele shot of Roys Peak as the weather finally cleared…
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A few of my friends have ski toured it this weekend, but it’s not that good a run, but what is unusual right now and when I did the same many years ago, and it’s a “full on” alpine proposition, and this is rather unique being so close to town. That’s me taking a break on the way up…
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As the storm cleared a full moon was revealed…
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An 8 sec time exposure looking towards Treble Cone [groomer lights] and Black Peak to the the right…
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And so when Sat. arrived everyone who skied went skiing.

Up the Cardrona Valley this unusual cloud formed at about noon…
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By the time I’d skied to the saddle near Bob Lee hut it’d morphed into this amazing affair that seemed to magnify the sun…
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With winter now in full swing, there is more than just cross country skiing to engage the interest…
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One thing we discovered at the comparatively new Meadow Hut is that the side walls lieing to the sun do a lovely job of warming up cold backs. Here my friends Vicky, Mario, Hill and Sarah test the facility…
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Moving on we enjoyed this view of Mt Aspiring and a sun bathe out of the wind in the shelter Bob Lee hut. I know I’ve published shots of the vista before, but it never ceases to grab my attention. There are just so many mountains, and of course trillions or more snow flakes have fallen on them…#alttext#

And swinging the eye around the right a little in the foreground are the historic Criffell Diggings. The highest altitude in NZ where gold mining has been carried out, many years ago…#alttext#

On my return to town I could not resist making this image as cold and silence settle on us for the night…
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About this Like Minds Blog Donald Lousley

Concepts on how New Zealand landscape photography and fine art can be used to stimulate our imaginations to make the world a better and more gentle place. With photos, and some words, we explore with nomadic tendencies and inherited wizardry, all that is New Zealand, and it did not all begin with Lord of the Rings! Cheers Donald Lousley donald@icommunicate.co.nz PS my work site iCommunicate and MacAssist:

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  6 comments for “The pleasant aftermath of quite a storm

  1. July 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Great site Donald. I love the layout and all the information packed therein. It’s been an emotional weekend for me visiting old friends, and talking to Prue, the wife of Brian taylor, my old mate who died in the quake. Memories cascading like the waterfalls of time. I leave Thursday for Singapore, thence Colombo.

    • Donald Lousley
      July 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Hi Bob

      Looks like the magazine style is the way forward with the blog then.

      This raises some interesting opportunities, as I’ve realised this has a relationship to the content. So far it seems to beg that I write a little more boldly.

      I’ve been following your progress in CHC with my heart!

      There is solace in visiting old haunts when we’re challenged with waterfalls, and taking the parka hood down occasionally opens us, and ultimately this is better than keeping barriers up. After all what would Brian say!?

      I’m very positive about the possibility of your staying here in the summer, and as my neighbour PC Mike [SAR too] was site commander for CTV 2 weeks post, you may find it useful to strike up a conversation.

      Cheers

      Donald

  2. July 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Kia ora Donald,
    Great winter vista. Your backyard is sublime. It was bone chilling cold here this weekend, I spent most of it chopping wood and supplying a few folk who had none, while stoking our own fire. Every now again, gazing north towards the Ruahine. Time for a winter tramp. Have a great week e hoa.
    Cheers,
    Robb

    • Donald Lousley
      July 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Hi Robb

      Yes, nothing quite like a sublime backyard! Mind you it’s pretty dark and cold out there tonight.

      Glad you’re looking north to those mountains of your dreams, where the whio live, and life goes on not particularly concerned at the trappings or doings of man.

      Cheers

      Donald

  3. Marg Smith
    July 24, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Hi Donald – This new format I think is very good. You certainly give your reader a lot of choice and i guess the advantage for you is that potentially you people spending a lot of time browsing all that this integrated site has to offer. I like it. Cheers Marg

    • Donald Lousley
      July 25, 2011 at 6:19 am

      Hi Marg

      Thanks. Looks like all approve so I’ll go with it. It certainly has a lot of undeveloped potential too, but everything in it’s own time!

      Thanks for the recent book recommendation. I’ll be in touch soon.

      Cheers

      Donald

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