The first week in Akaroa was glorious, with cold but sunny days. Inside, it was toasty, but it certainly wasn’t tropical outside. Then the really, really cold weather forecasts started. Snow down to low levels across the South Island and to sea level in places. We got the lot, rain, hail, snow, some sun, then more rain, hail and snow. The snow didn’t settle around our house, but it was very pretty on the hills. I wanted to make a photo of the weather, but it wasn’t easy. Not wanting to get too wet and cold, I slid the door open, closed it behind me and sheltered under the eaves to make this. Hail was next but the hail made the table look like roading gravel, and I liked the patterns of the ripples on the table better than gravel! The screen on the back of my camera didn’t show the streaks of rain, that was a bonus. My visual diary has another entry. The image has a gloomy feel to it, but the holiday didn’t. Time, place, memory. We came home the day we planned to, but left it until the afternoon, because we wanted to drive safely over the hilltop, conceding that there may be ice up there. It started snowing about half way up the hill on the Akaroa side, and became heavier as we approached the summit. There was no ice. By the time we got down into Little River the sun was out - just a typical Canterbury day - if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes, as it is bound to change. As usual I’ve tinkered with a few sliders to reduce the saturation, more closely rendering the feeling on the day. I titled it “Umbrella” to as an sort of ironic nod to the hole in the table and the rain. Overall it was a lovely relaxing two week break.
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.