My road to paradise. SH48 to Whakapapa and Mt Ruapehu. Image: Su Leslie 2016
I don’t ski or snow-board — or even do much hiking — but one of my absolute favourite places in this country is Tongariro National Park, and particularly the area around the Chateau Tongariro and the Whakapapa ski-fields.
There is a special excitement when I round a particular corner and catch the first glimpse of the Chateau. I can’t explain it, and maybe I don’t need to. I am thinking it’s time for another road trip though.
Posted to the Rag-Tag Daily Prompt — road. Ironically, given the prompt included a quote from Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings — Tongariro was used as the location of Mordor in the filming of LOTR.
“Sam: Mordor. The one place in Middle-earth we don’t want to see any closer, and the one place we’re trying to get to.” — JRR Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Ruapehu dawn. Road-trip with the boy-child. Image: Su Leslie, 2017
“The journey not the arrival matters” – T.S. Eliot
Eliot’s words are particularly true when the journey is made in good company. This shot was taken last year when the boy-child and I were on a road-trip to visit family in Whanganui. A-typically for a teenager (but typical of the photographer that he is), he insisted on an extremely early start so that we could experience sunrise on the Desert Road.
Alpine flora, seen on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie, 2017
Probably my favourite plant from this photo-shoot. I love that two of the leaves are a decayed. Tomorrow I’ll post a more “perfect” specimen, so you can see how gorgeously bright are the living leaves.