A chilly cold morning.

On the way home last weekend we spent a night in Murchison for my good friend Penny’s 21st birthday party. Murchison is renowned for be literally a hole- the township is in a low spot, and is surrounded by towering mountains. And boy is it cold! Driving to Murchison we passed places where cliffside streams had frozen into icicles and the frost on the trees and grass was so thick (but it was too cold for a photo stop) due to layer building up upon layer as the spots don’t get sun during winter.

The next morning we awoke to a spectacular hoar frost- where the mist had rolled in overnight and frozen to all the trees, grass leaves- everything! This was very different the frosts I am used to, where dew collects and freezes, so it is mainly on surfaces, such as the ground. The ice was very delicate and beautiful.

On the way home we stopped at the St James Walkway in the Lewis Pass, hoping to see snow, which we did, but the tarn was frozen too! (Don’t worry, we didn’t venture too far).

And having been in Murch, I can safely say that Christchurch no longer seems as cold! (But it is still pretty chilly.)

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2 Responses to “A chilly cold morning.”


  1. 1 Felicia July 17, 2007 at 7:25 am

    Beautiful frosty leaves 🙂

  2. 2 melissa July 17, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    great photos! my goodness, murchison is cold. i haven’t been there in ages- i guess there’s not much to draw me there at this time of year anyway…


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