Seeing Through A Windscreen Lightly

Certain circumstances recently saw us one day in a truck travelling through Southland & two days later, in a car travelling through Central Otago.

Truck driver near Mandeville
It’s been years since I’ve seen Murihiku Southland in drought conditions with paddocks and hills, usually bright green, turned to gold.
Early morning approach to Alexandra
Along the Clutha river (Lake Dunstan) between Alexandra and Cromwell.

For the second trip we’d ditched the truck – legitimately, not literally – for our car.

Were we on a golden oldies golden trip through autumnal gold? Something like that.

On the car stereo, songs from the 70’s – Moody Blues, Dire Straits, David Bowie, The Band, The Kinks, Bill Withers, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Chi Coltrane …

Blue and yellow, the colours of Otago (and these days, one can’t help thinking of them as the colours of solidarity with Ukraine.)
Arrowtown – frost on the grass, autumn patchworked hills

A bit of time to kill before meeting whanau, the day still early, we went for a walk along the Arrow river. Bitterly cold in the shade, but that lucky old sun was readying to warm up everything and everyone.

Autumn sample

After completing the family mission we had set out to complete, it was time to head back home. The others turning right to go south, R. and I turning left to go north.

Seen at the bungy jump place

But not in this car.


Writer from Dunedin, New Zealand.

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