WELCOME to Spring in New Zealand. The changeable landscape is changing again and we are inspired by this Haiku composed by Lynne Hopkinson, Mount Hope, Ontario (Canada). Lynne explored NZ in springtime 2012 and has graciously shared her Haiku with her hosts and now with all of you.
winter slowly passed
the land of the long white cloud
spring comes, the sun warms
thin snow-fingers creep
foreboding snow-capped mountains
peeking down at clouds
shadows long and dark
coming from one direction
shortening to naught
hoping not to fall
bare tree roots cling to grey rocks
and to each other
grey rivers rushing
impeded by rocks and stones
slow to a trickle
boulders in bare fields
interfering with the land
from where have they come
soft winds whispering
clouds creature-shaped and wispy
drift across the sky
stands of brown beech trees
shriveled leaves grasping branches
await new spring coats
sporting new crew cuts
long stands of border hedges
shelter furrowed lands
young spring lambs crying
all searching for their mothers
dot newly greened fields
reflected in pools
yellow and white daffodils
reaching for the sun
spreading silver ferns
protect trickling streams and brooks
and dark pine forests
lakes turn grey to green
fruit trees bud, blossom and bloom
exquisite birds call
tussocks wave and sway
long brown grass turning to green
greets the new season
Thank you Lynne for your delightful Haiku.
We look forward to more words of wisdom from your next adventure.
Franz Joseph Glacier, South Westland
Lynne also visited the Franz Josef Glacier in South Westland (South Island), staying at
Holly Homestead. Hot one week and cold the next!! New Zealand can have “four seasons in one day” so always be prepared with your sunscreen and your jacket.
The Franz Josef Glacier is located within the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Many visitors expect that we live high in the mountains, whereas the township is located approx 150 metres above sea level. Our wonderful region has lush rainforest, stunning coastal scenery, rivers, reflective lakes, snow capped mountains year round, and (of course) glaciers.
If you need some adventure with your scenery, here is a sample of some activities in Glacier Country:
Thanks again to Lynne for her Haiku.
Happy springtime to everyone, everywhere.
Best wishes from Bernie & Gerard at Holly Homestead.
2900 Franz Josef Highway (SH 6 – P O Box 35 )
Franz Josef Glacier 7856