Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Zealand - Kiwi Kountry

(As most of you know, I have been trying to post most of our 'official' missionary photos and experiences on our missionary blog Kiwi Krossings, and keep this blog more for my photography, but sometimes I can't decide where to post.  Here are some photos I also posted on the other blog.)


The Fruit

The Bird

The People
New Zealanders call themselves Kiwis.  (Isn't this about the cutest kiwi you have ever seen???)

Winter in Auckland

This post is for those of you who are feeling sorry for us because we happened to end up in Auckland during one of the coldest winters in 50 years, with more snow in New Zealand than they've had in 50 years.  I thought I'd show you a couple of winter photos I took last Saturday:

As you can see, it's been a rough winter for us.  We had to laugh at the news the day of a big storm last week.  There was a big debate over whether they could officially say it snowed in Auckland.  They couldn't decide if it was a few flakes of snow, or just a bit of sleet, or hail.  Whatever it was, it melted before it hit the ground.   I have to say, however, that there was considerable snow in the southern part of the north island, as well as the south island, and since there are no provisions to remove snow because it is so rare, it did cause problems for a while.