08 February 2009

Mungo River in morning sun

Mungo River
The Mungo is one of the headwater tributaries of the Hokitika River on the West Coast of the South Island. Wild and beautiful country, with steeply graded, swift, powerful rivers that rise with astonishing — and frightening — speed, but fall just as quickly when the rain eases. It pays to wait; "giving it a go" has cost many lives. This is a detail of the Mungo river in morning sun, just above the Mungo–Park confluence.

All content © 2009 Pete McGregor


Zhoen said...

The light is amazing. I'll believe these are treacherous waters.

Lisa Allender said...

I found you through Don't Feed The Pixies blog.
Great pics!!I'll visit again soon.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, even the small streams can be tricky because many are so steep and rough; the swift water's so powerful it can be hard to stay upright even when it's hardly more than knee deep.

Thanks Lisa! The Hungry Pixie has a great blog there — I particularly enjoyed his latest post.

Relatively Retiring said...

How lovely - both the rushing water, and the thought of morning sun!

Greg Brave said...

Hi Pete,
I think in this photo I'll also critique you a little :)
I hope you are not angry with me for that from my comment on your previous photo.
I think that your composition in this shot isn't attractive. There is nothing for my eye to stop at. And there is also a lack of color... maybe you should try this photo in B&W.
Warm Regards,

pohanginapete said...

RR, water like that seems highly appealing in the kind of weather we've been having lately — sweltering! No shortage of morning sun, either. :^)

Greg, your comments are courteous and constructive, so there's no reason at all why I'd get angry. I had indeed tried converting it to B&W but decided to stay with the colour. It's subtle, but influential, although on many monitors it might not be apparent (or, worse, be distorted). It does work well as a B&W, though, and I guess viewers will differ in their preferences.

My eye constantly returns to the smooth water just before it shoots over the lip (just above and left of centre) and breaks into those long lines. Those streamers then pull my eye down, echoing the flow of the water itself. That's just how I see it (literally). Thanks again for the thoughts Greg.

Greg Brave said...

I see what you mean Pete, but I still look for some sort of continuation to this water flow. But point taken.