Jul 31, 2013

New Zealand's Beauty and a card.

Hello Friends
Today I have a few photos of the magnificent views Rob and I witnessed while we were on a short break last week. We took a road trip to a pretty little township called Taupo, a 4hour car journey from Auckland. I did not take any photos here, in fact I did not take my camera!
However Rob had his Iphone so I was able to take a few of the Mountains when we took a drive to the Château.  Mt Ruapehu is in the Bg.

The weather was unexpectedly good as we are in the middle of winter.
Tongariro National Park has great views of all three mountains, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings) and Mt Ruapehu.

 This is the view we had all the way once we entered the Tongariro National Park.
Ruapehu is on the left , Tongariro is the Cone shaped one and Ngauruhoe is the smallest on the right.

This is Mt Ruapehu, she was majestic, and we could not take our eyes of the scene before us.

 The Volcanoes  are active, it was only last November that Tongariro erupted a plume of sulphurous ash, I am pleased to say she looks very quiet here.
We had a coffee break at Whakapapa village which is the stop off point for all the skiers, we did not venture into this activity!

And I made this card, I painted/embossed  the background to create this texture.
I am entering this into: Sparkles Monthly Challenge -* Autumn Colours *
Thanks for the visit, back on Friday with another Shabby Chic card for the House of Cards Challenge.


Greta said...

Oh what gorgeous scenery, Sue! Thank you for sharing the pictures. Your card is stunning, as always--incredible background!

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning photos!! New Zealand (I have been there twice) is just so beautiful!

Gorgeous card too, love the subtle background!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation, love the embossed/painted background looks fab!
Stunning photos as well hun x

Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles this month, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos Sue, such magnificent scenery, TFS. Love your card with the embossing on it.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Dawn Turley said...

What a beautiful card Sue and you certainly had superb weather for your trip away.

butterfly said...

Wow... I've never been, and have often hankered after it, and these amazing photos make it look all the more tempting!
Alison x

Ira Huberts said...

Stunning views from this magnificent country Sue! Thanks for sharing these with us! Such views would make me go completely quiet... Sheer beauty...
Your card looks lovely, what a fab background (again!) Hugs, Ira x

Nonni said...

Wow, your self-made background looks stunning. I love the colors -autumn colors are my favorite!

Rosemary said...

Gorgeous card, Sue... love the autumnal colors! And the photos from your trip are stunning! You live in a very beautiful place!

Anonymous said...

Wow that's a beauty of a card, but I'm completely distracted by those amazing photos! Thanks for joining us at Sparkles this month, see you again next time and good luck in the challenge.


Kimi Blundell said...

Oh wowsers Sue, what beautiful country....we recently toured little bit of the North Island...loved it so much we are coming back!! Your cards are just gorgeous!!