Old historic wharf at Tokaanu at sunrise…

Old historic wharf at Tokaanu at sunrise…

The old historic wharf at Tokaanu is not particularly easy to find. Only a small sign saying wharf road and if you have a allergy to mettle roads then its not for you. Apart from that you arrive at a park area just at the wharf wondering whos been here before and whats lying around as its a bit secluded. But the bird life is amazing and if you are lucky like i was this time the sunrise is amazing as well.

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Tongariro National Park wanders April 2019..

Tongariro National Park wanders April 2019..

Anytime we have the opportunity to visit Tongariro National Park it is looked forward to at least a month beforehand. This is partly decided by the availability of our fav book-a-batch but this time it was totally booked up so had to make a change around  but ended up all good.

Usually we plan a tramp where we haven’t wandered before to create new imaging and try a new challenge. So this time it was up whats called ‘Hardmans Ridge’ which for us the start and finish was the carpark for the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Its best to have some one drop you off so thats where family are very handy.

After starting there its up to Mangatepopo hut which is a small way up the crossing track and to the left. Going around the hut its down across the Mangatepopo Stream and up the sidling to reach the start of ‘Hardmans Ridge’. From here we were to follow the ridge line in almost a direct line towards Tongariro summit but before the base of Tongariro we followed GPS cordinates running on a gentler line to the north until we reached a small flat crater to the north of Tongariro. By this stage , about 5 hours or so, looking at the steeper climb over the volcanic rocks to the summit and approaching sunset a deviation to the Emerald Lakes on the crossing track was  deemed a better solution as we were a bit over scrambling up lose rocks etc. Bah to that. Even so it was still some cross country down a gully and across another crater to get to the lakes. Most of the tramping so far was over volcanic rocks which dont make for the best hiking with a decent pack with camera gear on. And was  also was voted the bunny of the day when muscle cramps did their thing just betfore the lakes so some hasty water drinking to rehydrate was in order.Gee that really hurts like crazy. Pity didn’t have any electrolytes. Have remedied that issue for next time.

Dinner was had at the lakes- some stew and potatoe with strawberry ice cream for pudding. Amazing what you can get with dehydrated meals.

To get back to our collection point at the carpark mean’t now climbing Red Crater which is 190 meters of scrambling up what seems like a loose mettle dump. Nearly blew a valve on that one… After summiting Red Crater – that sounds silly – its a wander in the park all the way down. Actually really pleasant as it was so still, totally dark with no moon light and nobody to be seen. Awesome…

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This image is a screen shot from my phone with the GPS hiking app that we use to track our route and also to double check where we are in case the weather closes in and visibality becomes non existant. Very handy. You can see our track where we deviated from the crossing track at Mangatepopo and up the ridge which isn’t named on this map as its all off trail. Actually it makes  a nice round track appart from ‘Hardmans Ridge’  which lives up to its name…

The view of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu from Harmans Ridge about two thirds of the way up. You can see the lava flows on the side of Ngauruhoe and also the alpine plants are just fantastic. You really have to not step on them…

A panoramic made of the lower Emerald Lake just after sunset with the sunset glow still going on. You can make out the Alpine Track on the centre left heading into the distance which up to a thousand people give or take hike every day if conditions are right. Not much growing here…

One of the Emerald Lakes looking back at the steep ascent we made to the top of the Red Crater at top right. The whole thing is like climbing up a big mettle pile…two forward and one back. Phew…

From left to right the first two are  bush scenes from National Park. Next is the Mangawhero Falls on the Turoa skifeild access road and lastly the Mahuia Rapids. 

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The treasures of Taranaki North…

The treasures of Taranaki North…

The coastline of Taranaki and the mountain itself are some of New Zealands most spectacular natural features. Its easy to see the mountain when he stands over the country side but there are some other hidden treasures as well.

Have made a gallery to promote and show case some of therse. To view a image large just click on it. All these images are available as a canvas print or a fine art reproduction for you to frame. Just contact me with the form at the bottom with a description of the image you would like and will be right back to you…

Facebook posts from November/December 2018

Facebook posts from November/December 2018

Facebook 3rd November, 2018.

A sunset shot at the Tauranga harbour entrance with a bird doing a photo bomb...

Facebook 12 November 2018

This old farm shed on the main highway north from Bulls town has been photographed many a time and the challenge is to capture the changes of seasons and whats being farmed at the time. The sheep were a bit shy for this shot…

Facebook December 2nd, 2018.

The spheres on the coast north of New Plymouth really are such a special tresure insofar as they are not often above the shifting sands and to see them is a low tide treck because of where they are which can be dangerous if you don”t get your timing right. This image is available to buy as a canvas of fine art print. Please enquire…

Facebook December 5th 2018.

This sea stack is really hard to pass by with out standing in awe of its structure. Rivals anything in the Coromandel thats for sure.

Taranaki at sunrise from Lake Mangamahoe is a real treat when the cloud gods are in your favour such as the case that morning. Didn”t stop the ducks asking for a feed tho…

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More hidden tresures of Taranaki north which are so elusive and hard to get to. I call them spheres as they are perfectly round and would rival the Moaraki boulders in the South Island for presence…

Facebook December 20th.

A lightening show that made a apperance before christmas which rivaled anything we have had for a few years…

Facebook 31 December 2018.

The wreck or whats left of the Gairlock on the Taranaki coastline made a fitting for the end of 2018. Intent was to highlight the rusty decayed nature of the old wreck trying to stand the test of time…

October 2018 social media round-up…

October 2018 social media round-up…

Octobers postings for the month on Facebook and Instagram was a mixed bag of places with a bit of experimentation thrown in for good measure. Variety is supposed to be the spice of life isn’t it?

A lucky chance passing the Tauranga Bridge Marina when the light was just starting to show some awesome colour was the incentive to stop and look for some nice reflective imaging. When was about to press the shutter waited for this intrepid boat in the dingy to pass and got him in just the right spot with a tad of added blur to show the movement. He was actually well-chair bound so hats off to him…

This was a image that i published a few full moons ago but it was spotted to go up as a 8 meter wide wallpaper in a new Tauranga office. Awesome…

Nothing like watching the sun go down at the Tauranga Sulphur Point Marina…

Nothing like watching the sun go down and lights come on from atop the Mount.

Just for fun a disastrous attempt at star trails with a selfie…

The mettle road to Tokino  ski field from the Desert Road is a interesting little sidetrack on a road trip…

Tawhai Falls or Gollums Pool as some know them from the LOTR movies. Such a difficult place to image until you get the right light and atmosphere.

September 2018 collection of images from social media…

September 2018 collection of images from social media…

Using a diary style of posting am thinking that a monthly roundup of images that are posted on my Facebook and instagram pages here with some back ground info may be of interest to a few followers. If so check back here when i give a link in the facebook page for new stuff and if you want to find out about prints and or how the images were made just drop me a line.

At low tide in the inner harbour at Pahoia Beach if you catch a evening with no breeze at all coupled with a great cloud display going on then whats not to like. You do tend to try and make the shot so that if you flipped it upside down you wouldn’t notice any difference.The problem with these shots is making sure your tripod legs don”t sink into the sand.

This image posted on Facebook on the 2nd of September.

With the change of seasons from winter to spring we can get what some call three seasons in one day- or maybe four. With this image was trying to convey the transition that you can get by the brooding dark cloud system with just a glimmer of brightness [ or hope ] showing thru to just light the way. A added bonus is the nice reflections going on. Seems that reflections is becoming a recurring theme…

Posted on the 6th September.

To get a image from the Kauri Point wharf does have a few challenges. In this panoramic aimed to provide a sense of standing on the sandy shore of which there isn”t much at high tide. Getting the wharf to provide some leading element is mandatory but with the clouds lighting up made a spur of the moment decision to just do a pano in portrait mode and blend them together but having decided that then that means that the tripod has to be as level as possible to make stitching the images together as seamless as possible…not always easy when you rush things on a sandy beach when the tripod legs sink in the sand. Hmmm…

Anyways practice proved a saving grace in the end and it worked out just as i envisaged. Yay.

Posted to Facebook 9th September.

The walking track around Mount Maunganui is well used by fitness bods to tourists to just people wanting a wander. But lots just rush around doing their thing without looking at their surroundings so when a seal was having some fun in the surf a few did stop to just take the time and watch. Must be one of the best de-stress things that we all can do…stop and smell the roses.

Posted on the 11th September.

Another with the theme of winter to spring. Using a long exposure technique which can be problematic in a windy spot wanted to blur out the waves over the rocks to have a ethereal feel but not blur the clouds which meant selecting the right filter , holding tripod and keeping exposure to around 2 seconds. Seems to have worked ok…

Posted on the 13th September.

Was doing my usual reflection thing at the beach at Tay Street at the Mount which is a surfing beach and on way back up spotted this contrasting scene with the palm trees which i thought was just neat. Had to get this shot as i find silhouettes with the right subject interesting.

Posted on 16th September.

When looking at these types of shots it is nice to have something leading your eye into the scene. Methought that the three runs of wash water provided just the setting although they are going the wrong way in a strict sense. But the sun reflection does the same job so went with that. Sometimes you just have to quickly get the shot and a sense of balance just appears for you.

Posted on the 20th September.

A bit of a mad dash to get to this spot in time for the light show and i wasn’t the only one with the same idea. Must admit thats the first time that have shared a sunset spot at all. Have been spoilt methinks or perhaps dont like crowds. A panoramic was called for to try for the leading lines of the old wharf pilings leading towards the setting sun but also the light show with clouds on the right as well. Kept the rocks in the foreground to give a sense of place and/or to get your bearings on dry land.

Posted on the 23rd of September.

A picture study of Omokoroa.

A picture study of Omokoroa.

Omokoroa in the Tauranga Harbour was a sleepy holiday destination then a few people decided that as well as holidays there why not make it a retirement home. With this general mix of people for awhile its now become a satellite style of new town with all the new development to contrast against the old batch style of community and everything in between. To the old timers its just not the same but is still good to see some of the original batches still taking centre stage on the waterfront.

Have been trying to catch some interesting imagery of the waterfront area recently but the good light has been elusive to say the least. So that brings out a bit of a creative thought process with this imagery with some good luck at being in the right place at the right time.

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A focus on: The Wellington waterfront…

A focus on: The Wellington waterfront…

Recently had the good fortune to be in Wellington for a major family event. And the saying that you cant beat Wellington on a good day was so true as to my mind it rivals and sometimes surpass Tauranga as a harbour city. Auckland has its moments too but it takes so long to get around. Now i know that you may say that Wellington with its sometimes narrow and winding streets is a bit old fashioned but i think that that is what gives this city some of its charm. Theres plenty of history here and a vibrant arts culture as well as all the hot air around parliament.

When you drive down the motorway leading into Wellington from the north and you make that right hand turn and see the harbour and cityscape for the first time on a nice sunny day you cant beat it.

If you are driving into the city centre and like me not used to how to get where and which lane to take good old Google maps with lane directions is a good start. Parking at Te Papa is a breeze as it keeps you away from the carparks that the city workers use and which can cost a arm and a leg and some with 2 hour limits for shoppers. At Te Papa you can stay for 5 or 6 hours but just have to pay of course.

So this is a small collection of images from the waterfront near Te Papa. All of these have been listed on the Alamy stock photo site and are also available as a print if you so chose. Lets talk..

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Coromandels hidden gems…

Coromandels hidden gems…

Many of the well known and photographed spots in the Coromandel always have plenty of visitors coming and going, like the famous Cathedral Cove and the Hot Water Beach, among others. But there is much more to be seen, it just takes some looking and a bit of dumb luck to find your way to a spot outside of common local knowledge. This coastal route is one of those hidden gems, as a coastal reserve that does not have a DOC maintained access track. Consequently, some common sense is required when navigating the steep bluffs and natural tree root steps, with old rope used for steeper sections. All in all, it is a 3-4 hour round trip if you want to get to the long beach which passes two other bays that might make their own peaceful stopping points. The further you go the less evidence of humans you will find. The easiest way to travel to this spot seems to be by boat as there are fisherpeople usually taking advantage of the plentiful rock formations in the area, which attract a decent number of fish for them to attempt to catch.

 

All of the above are illustrative iPhone images from the track.

Track markers from the first bay on are just orange bits of cloth tied to branches so do not look for the usual DOC pointy orange arrows. Also parts of what we shall call a route run against some fencing, rusty barbed wire included as well as low hanging Pohutakawa tree branches as well as the odd flax bush that tries to trip you up.

The point that i am making is its a bit of a challenge if you don’t get off trail much but the rewards are just stupendous. Have some common sense and you will be fine. Just be aware of the tides and weather forecasts.

Named this Spanner Rock as it seemed like a upside down spanner. Its a man thing…

Had to include a selfie, as you do. This is the second bay on the track going south, after this  the long beach can be reached by scrambling up through some bush and then following a small track down a small ridge line.

This is Tokakahakaha Island. This beach is the reward for your track navigations where hopefully there is no one around.

Images from a previous trip. Funny how you keep coming back but then again its usually different each time so plenty to photograph and always new corners to explore.

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Onemana coastal track...

This is the start point for the track. Don’t get lost…

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Burke Street old wharf…

Burke Street old wharf…

The old wharf piles at Burke Street in Thames in the Coromandel are a bit of a photographers magnet. Its a little bit like the Wanaka Tree in its ability to attract attention but it has no glorious mountain back-drop to fill in behind so its really the weather at the time yhat has to fill in that spot be it a stunning sunset or some moody clouds. A perfect cloudless sky doesn’t seem to cut it.

In this case the day was just bleh and had a monotone feel so what else is a photog to do but make a black and white image. Have included a colour shot made just afterwards for a comparison.

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