Last Snow, Farewell Paratītahi Tarns

Last Snow, Farewell Paratītahi Tarns, Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand
Original acrylic painting on cedar framed board
By Michelle Bellamy
800 x 500mm
Completed 2020
Sold at the Parnell Gallery as part of the "Layers of Aotearoa" exhibition.

The Paratītahi Tarns are a little bit of a secret. Off the beaten track, towards the end of the Saint Arnaud Range, at the head of the Arnst and surprisingly easily accessed from the Rainbow basin or from the head of Lake Rotoiti. After scrabbling along the side of the ridge over bulky boulders, you emerge over a saddle and paradise is laid out before you. It is a truely magical network of tarns with little creeks tricking into one another surrounded by complete silence apart from the sound of moving water.