The quickest way to Leon Kinvig hut, in the headwaters of the Pohangina, is to climb up and over the Ngamoko Range. We struck almost perfect weather when we visited the hut a couple of weekends ago. This is typical of much of the beech-dominated forest in the middle reaches of the Pohangina headwaters — old, gnarled trees, too many of which are dead or dying (for still uncertain but probably complex reasons); a dense, low understorey of various grasses and assorted shrubs; a sense of age and time and an uncertain future. When we left to climb back out in the early morning, mist still lingered and everything was saturated.
[7 January 2013, Panasonic Lumix GH1, 14–45 mm at14 mm, ISO 200, 1/250 at f11]
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