Such a beautiful day again today – Ruapehu clear against the sky, and a view out over Whanganui to the sea…
absolute Sunday blessings.
When all beneath heaven abides in love
we work the fields with song and dance
but when all beneath heaven forgets love
war-horses rage across the land
What misery is greater than a lack of contentment
and what greed greater than the passion for gain
holding contentment within
there is where the secret lies
after Tao Te Ching (6th Century BC)
We were hoping for good views of Ruapehu in Ohakune, but the weather wasn’t the best – so just glimpses. I wondered facetiously whether they would refund the money for our mountain view unit, but Rod said they had a notice on the desk stating that they would not refund money if it rained or failed to snow. Come to think of it, they didn’t mention cloud…
only when the cloud lifts
You are never far from a mountain in New Zealand. Ruapehu was lurking on the horizon as we travelled between Whanganui and Bulls yesterday. Snow on the mountain and a misty sky meant it was difficult to capture, but I managed a couple of shots. Loved the foreground in this one as well, with the yellow flowers and fences.
Driving to our grandson’s wedding, we fled up the country as the roads were closed behind us by snow, slips and ice. A day later and we wouldn’t have made it. The storm hit with a vengeance the following day, and we wondered how it would be for the wedding. About an hour or so before the ceremony there was a rainbow, and by the time we gathered the rain had stopped.
Coming home the sky was clear and blue, and the roads opened ahead of us. The mountains were beautiful in the sun. So blessed.
Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu are the volcanoes of the Central Plateau, beloved in Maori legend.
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