The weather was sunny and calm with an expected maximum of 15C as we set off for our autumn walk up Bealey Spur. There had been an early-season snowfall two days before. The remnants of this fall were still evident in the areas on the track where the sun had not reached.
Mist above the Waimakariri River at 10.30am, the Bealey Valley and mountains of Arthur’s Pass beyond
At 11.15am mist is starting to lift, looking east down the Waimakariri River
A fully developed, non-native Fly Agaric (amanita muscaria), hallucinogenic and poisonous
Fungi on beech trunk
Bealey Spur and mountains of the Upper Waimakariri
Jordan Shingle Fan and the Upper Waimakariri River
Mt Davey (left) and peaks of the Main Divide
Crossing wetlands on a boardwalk, closer to the Top Hut
Bealey Top Hut at 1,200 m (4,000 ft)
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