My friend, Paula Martin, the silver jewelry designer, met me at the Queenstown, NZ airport this morning. We got in her van and we were off on an adventure that will entail visiting fairs on the South Island where she will sell her work for the Christmas season–and, of course,Â we will be fully enjoying the local scenery. For now we are in Queenstown; I’m working on writing projects while Paula is organizing her jewelry.
Flying into Queenstown was an incomparable visual experience—you wouldn’t believe it—we flew in inbetween the mountains, low, and with the mountains on either side.Â All the water forms here, the lakes, are an intense azure blue, the blue you might find in the artist’s paintbox, or in your imagination.Â No gray-blue like the Pacific Ocean.
Overlooking the airport and Queenstown are “the Remarkables,” a set ofÂ mountains, tall and pointed. They can be seen from almost everywhere and overlook the shopping center with the same name.