Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Zoo Lake, Johannesburg, carpeted in snow: magic!

Here are some pictures of the snow-frosted lawns around Zoo Lake, Johannesburg, at about 8 am this morning. It's difficult to express what a magical experience this was for me, and for my seven-year-old daughter. She's never seen snow before, and this is only the second time in my life that I've seen snow falling on my home city (the first time was in 1966, and I remember the experience only because I've seen photos of myself as a rosy-cheeked toddler frolicking in deep snow, on the Krugersdorp Golf Course, where the snow was knee-deep).


The last time it snowed heavily enough to carpet the grass in Johannesburg was in 1981, a full 26 years ago. I was away at the time, at university, and missed all the excitement.

Well, the carnival atmosphere at Zoo Lake (a public park in Johannesburg) amply made up for my missing the last snowfall. Dozens of kids were rolling around in the snow, chucking snowballs, making mini snowmen, and even snowboarding down the grassy banks. Best of all was my daughter's face. She was astounded by the fluffy texture of the snow ("It's all squeaky when you walk on it, mum!") and very annoyed about how cold it was. ("Mum, I'd like to play for longer, but my hands and toes are freezing, you know.")


Best of all for me was hearing the words "Snow falls in Johannesburg!" on the radio, leaping out from under my warm duvet, wrenching open the curtains and seeing the garden dimly shining under a layer of shining white powder.


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2 comments:

angel said...

very cool pics!!!

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