Monday, December 23, 2013

Mount Cook, chapter 1.

A couple of weekends ago, we went up to the Mount Cook region for a weekend camping trip. This area is around Lake Tekapo, and is a World Heritage Site noted for its crystal clear night skies. It is supposed to be one of the best places in the world to view the stars. Armed with a library book about the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere and a tent, we had big plans for star gazing in the shadows of New Zealand's highest peak, Mount Cook.  And like so many grand plans, this one didn't go according to schedule. About 20 minutes after our arrival on Friday night, it started to rain, and it pretty much rained for most of the weekend.  In the very short time we had a clear night sky, we were able to see a couple of constellations that we studied on the car ride up there, and I did see a shooting star. So our stargazing wasn't a complete failure....  and I have to admit that although the weekend didn't go nearly as planned, it still ended up being a fantastic weekend with some very unexpected beautiful surprises. So many, in fact, that it's going to take a couple of posts to really come even kind of close to being able to share it with you. so this is chapter one.  We'll start with the Lupins.
We just happened to be passing through prime Lupin country during peak season. We were both surprised and amazed.

there were fields of these all over the place.

This is pretty perfect!




They even grow next to the super-blue lakes.

And then we hit the perfect sunset at the perfect lupin field, and we were all a little overwhelmed by the whole thing. It was beautiful beyond words.

They come in a ton of varieties from dark blue to white, covering the purples, pinks, yellows, and an occasional peachy color in between. Some are solids, some are white/color mix.

a combo variety.

So many pictures of this sunset. It was hard to choose which ones to post. Truly incredible. 

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