Social media posts – June and July 2020.

Social media posts – June and July 2020.

A collection from my Facebook, Insta and flickr accounts from June 8th to 14th July 2020.

There is no order of genre except the order that they were published.

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1172 Mount Taranaki panorama
1155 Panorama  from Mount Taranaki
1453 Castlepoint sunset
1393 Taranki lighthouse
1370 Taranaki boulder
1301 Te Rewa rewards bridge
1308 Te Rewa rewards bridge
4090 misty sunrise
1477 Classic Castlepoint Lighthouse
1446 crazy clouds
1648 Ngauruhoe new snow
1639 snow track
1659 Chateau Tongariro.
1501 Whakapapanui bridge
0184 Waihi Falls
1317 Taranaki north coast.
1619 Tawhai Falls in snow.

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Social media roundup. Jan to June 2020

Social media roundup. Jan to June 2020

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A roundup of the Facebook and instagram posts from January to June 2020. There is no particular order regarding types of images only a general order that they were published. 

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0416 Castlepoint lighthouse
0334 crazy clouds
0632 sunset road
0426 sheep herd
0450 clouds at sunset
0651 Castle rock
0669 castle point lighthouse
3818 misty hills
0693 angry clouds
0749 Ruahine sunset pano
0764 Trig station sunset
0716 sunset fields
3897 Full moon arising
3804 hill light
3929 hills are alight
3764 lone tree sunset
0450 clouds at sunset
1046 Te Apiti wind farm
1139 sunrise at Mount Taranaki
1429 Rainbow farm

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Social media posts from  June  to Dec 2019

Social media posts from June to Dec 2019

These are the images that appeared on the Muzz Handley facebook page from June to Dec 2019. If you click upon a image it will open in a lightbox viewer. To enquire upon any image take note of the reference number and title either at the bottom left when in the viewer or hover over a image with your cursor and a reference will appear. A contact form is at the bottom of the page.

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1881 Tongaporutu Boulders at sunset
4061 The rainwater lake beside the Desert road with Ruapehu
2115 Tongaporutu Boulders with setting sun
4010 Walking track with fresh snow at Ruapehu
3476 Misty Bowentown beach sunrise
4085 Ruapehu with stream flowing away
2016 Tongaporutu sea stack at sunset
2001 Tongaporutu sea stack
4277 Waihi stamp battery on a misty morning
4318 Papamoa beach sunset walkers
1137 Staircase Falls in the Kaimai Ranges
4238 Genko tree in autumn
2064 Caverns on the Tongaporutu coastline
4254 Misty Waihi town
4433 Mount waves
4451 Pilot Bay walkway
4544 sunset at Waitarere Beach
031 misty Mount track
079 Long exposure at North Rock
0098 Sheep farming in New Zealand
3558 aussie bushfire smokey sunrise
0259 Te Apiti wind farm
0127 Waipunga Falls

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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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More wanders at National Park…

More wanders at National Park…

The joys of wandering around mountains…

“The best laid plans of mice and men.” Thats a quote that comes to mind after a bit of planning to be at a certain area for a natural event which cannot be delayed and what do you know but the usual suspect called clouds come along to add their contribution. Bah…

The event was the supermoon arising last December and the plan was to image it rising over the upper Tama Lake at National Park beside Ngauruhoe. To get to the lakes involves a hike from the Chateau past Taranaki Falls and on to the lakes. Thats about 17km return which is not far off doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing although there isn’t the major height to scale. Neverless the scramble up the steeper section once you reach the lower Tama lake vantage point can be a bit of a scramble carrying 18 kilos of photog gear and a bit of dinner and warm stuff for the night treck back.At least there was no wind which this area is renowned for as wandering with a heavy pack you do get pushed around a tad and on exposed ridges it pays to keep your focus on what is around you.

As is usual for these tramps you get to one seemingly end point and there is still another climb to go up…then another. Just love these character building exercises. But apart from the usual grumbles form the usual suspect the rewards to tend to pay off…mostly sometimes.The view point for the Upper Tama Lake eventually arrives into view and its really not bad. There is nothing like standing on a upper knoll with a half decent view to take in the grand vista. From Ngauruhoe past the lake around to Ruapehu past the lower Tama Lake and around to Taranaki in the distance to the west its not bad really. Almost time for a beer if i had brought one but had to function on some green tea and bush honey instead with the usual snacks while getting the bearings for this supermoon event. Its relatively easy today to plan this stuff with the apps we have to the point that i know exactly where the moon will rise between two ridges across the lake.  Awesome …that plan is working but the early warning signs of a bit of cloud start to show. Hmmmm.

This is the Lower Tama lake from the vantage point just before the climb up the ridge behind for the Upper lake. To get down there would be a decent side trip assuming you could find a good route. There is no marked track down so the assumption would be that going down is not encouraged. To explore this area more it would make sense to camp out…

But to even get to this place a lot has happened regarding the planning. Apart from just getting there the list of stuff in the bag has a few ticks –

  • food and water with small stove
  • maps and gps tramping app on phone to trace the route with spare power pac for recharging
  • thermal layers
  • alpine wet jacket and leggings
  • first aid kit including shock blanket and insect repellant – herbal of course
  • and most important – a personal locator beacon!

The gps is really handy to know where you are and how much further especially at night time where you lose the terrain as a reference.


The upper Tama lake colour is just striking against the volcanic terrain around Ngauruhoe and the plan was for the moon to arise to the right of the ridge on the right hand side of Ngauruhoe. I have a app for that…haha.

So now comes the cloud bank from the north east which is from where the moon will be rising. Bugger…to put it mildly. So plan B then. Often watching the clouds around Ngauruhoe just before sunset they can gather as if a small storm is brewing but after sunset they seem to magically disappear. That is useless for capturing the moon rise beside Ngauruhoe so back we go. And must mention that the insect repellant sure was handy with the clouds of flies around at dusk. Not sure why but the alpine flowers were out so that may have something to do with it.

Anyways was just hoping for something on the trail back and this is what i got. Pays to look behind aye…

Ngauruhoe shines under the Supermoon now that the clouds have stopped ruining the party….

But also apart from hiking 17 odd kms for that Supermoon shot there were other things to be checking on. The chairlift had just started for the summer season up the skifeild from the top of the bruce so for $30 odd bucks plus food money it was a bit of a change instead of tramping to get high for a view…pity about the hordes of sandflies. The air was thick with them as well as the last of the snow were covered with dead ones. Yay for herbal insect repellent.

Its really worth the dollars to get up there but no Ruapehu climb this trip. When the snow is melting that creates a under melt situation where the snow seems firm but if you put your weight on it you can sink like a stone into a cavity underneath. Not great with a heavy photog backpack. Next time then…

On the road up to the Chateau on the left are the Tawhai Falls which compared to Tama Lakes is a doddle really. But all the same as falls they are still worth visiting but be prepared to be surrounded with a few others.

Photographically speaking found getting a image that was pleased with was proving to be problematic so opted for the tried and true system of whats called bracketing three shots – one correct exposure, one at 1 stop under and one 1 stop over exposed – which when combined in whats called High Dynamic Range software gives far more latitude. The idea is that the camera cannot capture the full range of details between light and dark so by doing it this way you try to show what the eye sees rather than blown out highlights or black blacks with no detail. The challenge with this system is to keep it looking realistic to the very important person the viewer…

Here”s my attempt …

Tawhai Falls on the road to the Chateau…

One other item on the agenda was trying to get a half decent shot of Mount Taranaki from National Park. This has been alluding me for yonks and mountains being mountains the frustrations with getting a shot comes as part of the territory.

A last ditch attempt was made to rush around to the Turoa skifeild as there was a really good chance of getting a shot at that  altitude without much cloud. Ha…so what comes down as sunset comes closer- you guessed it – a nice thick ceiling of cloud. Hung around a bit longer to try and gauge whether it was coming or going then just threw the toys out of the cot and headed back down the skifeild access road. But wait…on the way down came out from under the cloud level and here was Taranaki with a magical sunset going on behind. What awesome luck…pulled off on a hairpin bend, out came the 200mm lens and a gap in the trees and this is the result…just pure magic.

To get the layers running up to Taranaki then layers in the clouds was just over the top.

Said a BIG thank you for that one…its really satisfying when it just all comes together after so many attempts [ and beers ].



Mount Taranaki from the Turoa skifeild access road…

Also Ruapehu looks good from any angle really.

Using crop lines just makes for another dimension with this shot…

Ruapehu with crop lines…

On the way north on the Desert Road just before the summit there are these Ruapehu Hebe”s growing in this grainy volcanic material and have many a time said to myself “must stop and photograph them”.

This time i did.

The way these plants survive in that climate and in that growing substance makes them a stand out. Ngauruhoe also makes for a special back study.

Every stay at National Park brings up something new or a different light shows things in a different way. Photographing in mountains is always going to have its challenges but if you persevere the rewards are there…you just have to look.

Ruapehu Hebe plants beside the Desert Road…

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Layers upon layers…

Layers upon layers…

Mount Taranaki from Ruapehu.

The intention was to chase that special sunset view of Taranaki from somewhere around Tongariro National Park because when the atmospherics are just right the sight of Taranaki is just magical at sunset.So with that idea as a plan A tried my luck at the Turoa skifeild carpark area as this point gets you reasonably high by just driving up the road rather than risk a vantage point from a hiking track.

The evening started with a bit of cloud but that soon turned to custard with a thick layer of cloud depending around Ruapehu. Bummer…thats not the plan. So after waiting for some intervention as i could see the glow of a sunset underneath the cloud layer, but no Taranaki, started to head down the access road and after a couple of minutes could start to see Taranaki with a just blazing sunset behind. Was quick to find a vantage point on a sharp hairpin bend out of passing traffics way and set up with a 200mm soon lens and managed to get this thru a gap in the  bush. Wow…just had to say thanks for that…as you do.

Its amazing where having a camera and a purpose has taken me. This has to rank right up there because to get layers like this is so very hard to do. What also ranks highly was watching the sun rise from a mountain top…especially with family.

Seems the journey continues…

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