Monday, July 13, 2009

A trip to the snow: Part 1

Last week we drove to the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales to spend a few days in the snow. The night before we left I slept like a babe, believing I had conquered the art of packing. Well, of course I had. I had made lists and even lists of all the various lists (hubby's stuff, my stuff, each of the children's stuff, a list of the snacks along the way to keep the troops as happy as can be for the five hour trip etc). It was all perfectly planned. And after having been on the road for a good hour and a half, we saw the landscape of our great southern land, the resistance of evergeens with their leaves intact versus the grey trunks and naked limbs of the deciduous ones. I had better get my camera out, I thought to myself. That was when I realised I had done what no self-respecting blogger could do...I forgot my camera! After what felt like an aeon of panicking, Mr Almost-16 quickly reminded me that I did indeed have a camera on me, the one on my mobile phone.

I'd like to share some of these with you. Just click on photo of choice to enlarge.
On our way to Canberra, our nation's capital which is in the Australian Capital Territory:

Poplars as we approach Canberra:

Views from Telstra Tower, overlooking Canberra:

Lake Burley Griffin, named after Canberra's designer:

On our way to the Snowy Mountains:

Approaching Bredbo, the village of Poplars:

Grey gums, some dead and some alive:

Rock- and boulder-covered landscape:

Our first glimpse of the snow-sprinkled mountains:

A light covering of snow at Thredbo:

Keeping busy at Thredbo:

Hey, this is Australia, it's not that cold:

And all from a mobile phone camera!

There will be another part to this series.

Copyright Mervat @ The Writing Instinct


Suko said...

Wow! These are gorgeous photos, especially from a cell phone camera!

It was a hot summer day here, and looking at these snowy photos was a treat. Enjoy your trip!

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Thank God for Mr just-under-16, and the mobile camera. What lovely pictures and memories!

Jane said...

What a great quality camera phone you have. I didn't know it snowed in Oz!

notSupermum said...

Well, I would never have guessed that Australia had any snow! Incredible!

lunarossa said...

Beatiful, beautiful shots, Mervat! That's why I would like to visit Australia so much, for all its contrasting landscapes, climates etc. Hope you had a lovely week. I always forget my camera, that's why I rely on my mobile phone to take photos. All the best. Ciao. A.

see you there! said...

What fun to see pictures of your country. You must thank Mr Almost 16 for me - without his quick thinking I'd have missed all these.


septembermom said...

I love to learn about your country through these gorgeous photos. The snow looks lovely. Thanks!

La Belette Rouge said...

Incredible photographs. Like some others, I would have never guessed that snowy scene scape could be in Australia.

Mervat said...

Suko: Thank you. It proved so handy to have that phone camera.
We were caught up in what I woul describe as a blizzard and boy was it cold!

Sucharita Sarkar: Yes, I give him all credit! The problem is I just couldn't stop snapping photos. i have close to 1,000!

Jane: I have to admit that it is probably more of a camera than a phone and I ridiculed it initially. Not anymore!

And yes we do have snow on the peaks of the Snowy Mountains (around 2000m above sea level) which are part of the Great Dividing Range (a long course of sort-of attached mountains that span almost the whole east coast of Australia). Amazing!

Spencer L Casey said...

Beautiful Pics. Those clouds! Phew. Thanks for sharing.



Amazing nice to see some snow, it's been very hot where I live. glad you guys had a fantastic time!

Shopaholic said...

What beautiful pics! I can't get my head around the snow though!

Sarah Lulu said...

Great photos!

Snow is predicted here today.

Anonymous said...

Pretty impressive photos for a camera phone! Though they do say it is the photographer, not the camera, that makes the picture.

I'm not sure if anyone does say that actually... but they ought to!

lakeviewer said...

Great pictures right at your finger tips. Everyone looks happy to be in the snow.

Warren Baldwin said...

Beautiful pictures! I'll bet the whole experience was wonderful for your family. wb

Mervat said...

notSupermum: Yes, there is definitely snow here. Since we came back it has been colder and there has been heavier snowfall.

lunarossa: Thank you! Be sure to let me know when you visit!

Darla: Yes I did thank him and he returned his knowing smile!

septembermom: Thank you for your interest. It is a great land that is very varied.

La Belette Rouge: We are very fortunate to be able to travel several hours south to the snow and if we like, several hours north east and we are on the most amazing beaches.

Spencer L Casey: You are so welcome. And I loved capturing the shadow of the clouds.

LENORENEVERMORE: Glad to offer some relief with the snow pictures. I am thoroughly revelling in our cool weather as we had such a shocker of a summer.

Shopaholic: Thanks...I still can't
get my head around the snow either!

Sarah Lulu: Thanks. Enjoy your snow!

mysterycreature: Thank you so much. What a wonderful compliment, whether someone said it or not!

lakeviewer: We had such a wonderful time and I cannot wait to go back. I loved the cold.

Warren Baldwin: Thank you so much, If was an unforgettable experience.

Imogen Lamport said...

Your photos take me back - I haven't been to Thredbo, or via Bredbo for years - but it' so familiar. And that stretch of road into Canberra - know it well - my parents still live there and I drive up every year.


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