Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I've just returned from a Creative Fibre (spinners and weavers) retreat at Queenstown in Central Otago. The first two photos are of the Lindis Pass, a frequently snowed-in area. It has the most wonderful sculptural hills covered in tussock clumps, and sucha stark beauty that I adore. There is a lovely effect on these hills as clouds move overhead on a sunny day and cast moving shadows.
And this is the view (not very clear due to the trees) from the retreat camp. It's just across the lake from the town area. Queenstown is an internationally renown skiing area and tourist town, and one of the most expensive places in New Zealand to buy property, due to the limited land available and high demand for it. I haven't been here since 1999 (apart from a brief fling with a dyeing class when I stayed elsewhere) and the amount of construction and development, much of it hotels, motels, apartments and the like, is staggering. If you don't like skiing and snow sports, I've been told it's a loooooooong cold winter here.