15 January 2011

Upper Makaroro track

We watched the sunset from the top of the track leading from Parks Peak to Upper Makaroro hut. The sky darkened; the clouds began to take on colour; evening crept into the valley below.

[3 January 2011, Canon 20D, 24–105 mm f4 L at 60 mm , ISO 200, 1/10s at f16]

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Patricia said...

Be still my heart! What amazing light.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
Little to add to Patricia's comment. Except that we had the morning to look forward to and heading down that track.

Barbara said...

I was enchanted to see the dawning sun spread her various tints through the clouds during a recent week on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her pinks and purples would be filtering through the clouds over the Currituck Sound as the line of clouds nearest her became the filmiest of champagne tinted lace. Then, true to form, she'd give an equally dazzling show at sunset.

butuki said...

So disconcerting to see a landscape that has essentially the same landforms and shapes as where I hike, but with completely different and unfamiliar vegetation!

pohanginapete said...

Patricia, we were so lucky with that evening. Occasions like that remain in the memory for a very long time.

Kia ora Robb — and I loved that walk the following morning.

Barbara, that sounds like a wonderful time — I'm glad you got to enjoy it.

Miguel, even with the disconcerting vegetation, I'm sure you'd love the Ruahine ;^)

butuki said...

Ho ho! There isn't even a question about that!

The end of this month I have some time off coming up. For my 50th I am planning to do something big for myself, and am hoping to get down to Patagonia to do some trekking there. I'm still recovering from problems with my diabetes last autumn so I'm not in the best shape for hard walks, but hopefully I can find something there that will be a great memory. It's expensive though, so I'm not sure I can make it all the way there. If not, another place I am considering is New Zealand. If you're free at all I'd love to get a chance to meet. And if you could suggest some places that I can look into that would be fantastic. I have about two, possibly three, and if I can squeeze under the radar at my university (one reason I have to leave is because they don't allow employees to go anywhere during the one and a half month break between autumn and spring semester), maybe even four weeks. I know you have your own projects and schedule, so I don't want to intrude, but if you are free, please let me know.

It's time for momentum this year!

pohanginapete said...

Miguel, that would be fantastic if you could make it here. I have visitors from Estonia in the second week of February, but otherwise I'll be less constrained than later — tutoring starts in March. If you do opt for here rather than Patagonia, I'll at least take you into the Ruahine — I'm sure you'll love it there, even if doesn't have the spectacular, almost alien-looking mountains of Patagonia. But the South Island has wild places that will blow you away — often hard and unforgiving, but the kind of wildness you'll remember always.

Drop me an email, and make a decision soon — the end of the month isn't far off!

Leonie said...

Love the many shades of green. And the light is incredible!

pohanginapete said...

Leonie, the sky was so spectacular I found it tempting just to gaze at that. I'm glad I resisted, and looked elsewhere as well.