Nature’s Magic Tricks

Surprise tricks played on us by Nature who blasted us with freezing cold Antarctic wind when we were already a month into Spring. Our town is blanketed in thick white snow. Nigel took these photos at home (later in the morning than the ones I posted earlier). We’ve seen a lot of chopping and changing today between heavy snow showers and bright sunshine. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

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Pear tree that was already white with blossom before the arrival of white snow.

Walnut tree that Nigel thinned after we moved here last year.

Young self-sown native cabbage tree.. defies the onslaught of snow.


Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. We experience similar some springs. I think our latest snow is an occasional April surprise so you are in about the same time as we would be. Your walnut tree is beautiful with its frosting.

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  2. Yikes. There was a lot more accumulation than I expected from your initial shots, Liz. As you noted in response to my comment, that is way beyond the “conversational snow” that I mentioned. I think that Gary has the best advice–stay home and stay warm. I’ve seen too many photos of cars that have slid off the road when a driver assumed they would have good traction and it turns out that they did not.

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    1. The snow grew so quickly yesterday, it was surprising how deep it got! When we lived in the alpine resort town of Queenstown, cars were always sliding off the road after snow. Carcases everywhere!


      1. Wow! Around here it is especially bad, because most people have very little experience driving in the snow. Some years, like this past one, we had almost no snow at all, while in other years we have had snowstorms drop 50cm or more of snow over the course of a day or two.

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        1. Just a ‘nothing’ cool grey day today so the snow is sitting around doin’ nothing. The tarmac street outside is clear of snow. Probably melted off, I have no idea if a street sweeper’s been thru (but probably not). Enjoying any bright, colourful photos I come across as antidote!


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