The most beautiful train ride I’ve ever taken

The day after Phil joined me in Christchurch, we boarded the Tranzalpine train to Greymouth on the west coast of the southern island of New Zealand. This is a 3 hour train ride that begins by crossing the lush green farm land of the Canterbury plains dotted with sheep, then over the majestic southern alps, along the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, through miles of native beech forest and a vibrant yellow gorse covered landscape.

The view and weather constantly changed as we passed through a dozen micro-climates and from one breath taking location to another. I took soooo many photos (on my iphone), these are just a few of the many incredible vistas we saw.

On the last hour of the train ride we went to the open observation car where we could watch cows grazing in verdant green fields and hear sheep bah and run as the train went past. This was the first time in my life where I have felt truly overwhelmed by beauty.

I’m heading to the Fresno Fiber-arts guild this weekend to teach my prayer flags workshop. Stay turned for my more posts on my grand adventure down-under.

I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

January 10-14, 2018 Craft Napa
Blessings in the Wind: mixed-media prayer flags
Tea, Thremofax and Ephemera
Blooming Inspiration
Painting Imagery with Textile Paints

Focus on Fiber Florida 2018
April 2-10 Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Blessings in the Wind: mixed media prayer flags
Blooming Inspiration

May 4-6 Nadelweldt, Karlsruhe, Germany
Exhibition and workshops

August 14-18, 2018 Woodland Ridge Retreat, WI
5 – day Paint and Print-a-palooza retreat

October 19-21 Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY
Tea and Ephemera and Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

Keep creating, Judy

IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

3 Responses to “The most beautiful train ride I’ve ever taken”

  1. Anne Godwin says:

    Gorgeous photos!

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