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We had probably the busiest year we will ever have in 2018.Late February we spent a weekend in Auckland

to celebrate the engagement of

our eldest son to his bride to be.

 

In June we were blessed with falling snow while

visiting the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier.

Most of us had not seen falling snow ever,

so a real delight.

A week or so later while cruising the Inside Passage

during  our stop at Juneau we flew

onto the Mendenhall Glacier to visit the huskies

and have a rife in a sled.

Another highlight.

 

 

  

We hardly seemed to be home

before preparations needed…

to be made for our road trip in New Zealand

prior to our son’s wedding.

A Māori Hāngī at the

Whakarewarewa Māori Village in Rotorua…

 

…and a visit to the Hobbit Movie Set at Matamata,

 

…were preludes to the big day.

 

 

The next morning back at

Auckland International Airport

for our flight home.

 

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTOS: Reflect

LIGHT WORDS: Reflect

Hugh’s Views & News: Reflect

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FOWChallenge-Special

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Our visit to the

Columbia Ice Fields…was made so special…

by the sight and memory of freshly falling,

silent shrouds of snow.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Special

FOWChallenge-Extraordinary

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The thought of seeing falling snow…

was an experience most of us had not contemplated….

 

during our June visit to the Columbia Icefield…

in Canada this year.

LIke many Australians we have lived

near the coast all our lives.

We do have a snow season, however,

many of us had not lived in areas where it does snow

or gone to the snow fields during winter. 

So this was a truly extraordinary experience.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Extraordinary

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On the Columbia Ice Field’s

Athabasca Glacier in June…

I learned just how slippery icy snow is.

Going up was no problem.

I gave a wide berth to the youngsters playing

near the Canadian flag.

However, I had ‘Seniors Moment’ on the way down

and forgot about why I went wide….

and yes it happened.

Just as well my gluteus maximus is well padded.

My camera was not hurt just my pride.

😀

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FOWChallenge-Ingredients

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Scenes like these…

tree branches covered with snow…

capped off with falling snow were 

the perfect ingredients for…

for our visit to Canada’s

Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier.

Just perfect…

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Ingredients

Lens-Artist-Photo-Challenge-Soft

 

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Week 4

Many years ago Simon and Garfunkel sang of

a vision softly creeping…

and it was certainly a vision which

softly crept up on us the morning

many of us saw falling snow for the first time.

and if we had tarried too long, we would…

certainly have been covered by that

freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.

Columbia Icefield/Athabasca Glacier

straddles the

Alberta-British Columbia border

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Soft

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Soft

 

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Two forms of transport I had not counted on in Canada.

My first, and probably last, ride in an Ice Explorer.

We were so pleased to see the wagons were covered.

The sky threatened rain…

the wind was cold and the covers made

a nice tunnel for it to rip along.

However, the barbeque was terrific

and well worth the ride..

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Wits End Weekly Prompt: Transportation