The overall assessment of this month is that it has not been anywhere near as cold as it should have been. The plus side of the weather this month is that we have enjoyed a few very pleasant days sat out on the deck of our friends house in Queenstown. Looking across the lake consuming a glass or two of wine and reading a good book is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon :-). The downside to this weather is I've not the level of snow in the mountains I was hoping for and the ski fields have had a very tough time of things. Hopefully August will bring the wintery blast we are all hoping for in Central.
I originally started this blog of monthly updates on our travels because it was a great way of keeping track of where we had been and ensuring our memories of an epic journey were never lost. A side effect of the blog and our travels meant a lot of people were also, virtually, on our journey with us. With our travels in the van finishing last year I did wonder if people still wanted to see my images and the overwhelming response was that they do even if those images are all of the same area. So, for the time being at least, I will continue with monthly updates. A big thank you to all of you who took the time to let me know you still enjoy these random words and images :-)
My excursions this month have taken me through to Queenstown as we look after our friends house and beautiful dog. I also had the opportunity to meet up with one of my students and take them on a trip through to St Bathans. That place is quite stunning any time but on this particular day there was not a breath of wind and the resulting mirror lake was mind boggling....images below.
As well as general landscape images I've always enjoyed taking time to see the world in a more abstract way as I look for shapes and patterns in the normal view of things. Now that my camera will remain in a similar location each month I will start to include more of these images. They will most likely not be to everyone's taste but will also help me track how my imagery changes over time.
So enough rambling already, time for images :-)