Fire and Ice

After a long, gentle, mild autumn, winter finally arrived here a week or so ago bringing with it snow on our nearby hills. This is not a common occurrence.

The next night or two saw frosts coat the rooftops, cars and grass. Another relatively uncommon occurrence given how close we live to the Pauatahanui Inlet and its maritime influence that moves or warms the air.

We have a number of flowering cherry trees in and around our garden and they had been very slow to turn into their autumn colours.

This bitter cold snap has seen a dramatic change and some very striking colours emerge.

The nice aspect after a good frost, as seen here along a fence in the garden

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is the stunning sunny, blue sky day that can often provide a clear backdrop to this firey beauty in the cherry tree leaves.
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