"30 years of bee keeping and this is the first time I had to feed the bees sugar through November to keep them alive", the honey man said to me as I tried unsuccessfully to buy honey. The spring has been too cold and wet for the trees to pollinate hence no food for bees and no honey for me. That has been the nature of this spring , miserable, some sort of balancing act by nature to make up for the overly warm first 6 months of the year. The Earth's crust has also decided to do some balancing of its own with the major Earthquake in Kaikoura on the 14th of November reshaping the surface of the Northern east coast of the South Island. The bad weather and the earthquake has affected the lives of many and also my own plans this spring which involved a traverse of the Kaikoura ranges. Now it officially summer but the weather isn't cooperating - rain , wind and even another front sweeping through from the Antarctica with snow expected down to 1400 meters locally again for the weekend!
Spring was going to be my main season this year - not much to show for it but have been up in the hills during a few of the better spells of weather. Below a photo essay of some outings during the last 6 weeks.
Angelus ridge - on the loose rock.
One of the many waterfalls on the way up the Hukere valley - a lovely walk even under the leaden skies.