22 August 2012

Oroua River and beech leaf

A few days before the start of this year, a friend and I did an overnight trip to Iron Gate hut in the Ruahine Range. We struck it lucky — we had the hut to ourselves, the weather treated us kindly, and we watched a pair of whio in the river in the evening. Over the summer I returned to the Ruahine several times, but during this winter I've had to be content with regular walks up the No. 1 Line Track because of the constraints of work and weather. I've consoled myself with the thought that I'll be in good shape when I can finally resume the longer tramps, but now much of that good work's been undone by a vicious bout of 'flu. I'm pretty much over it now, but I'll be taking it easy for a little while yet.

[PS: I've updated last week's lighthouse photograph]

[28 December 2011, Panasonic Lumix GH1, 14–45 mm at 35 mm, ISO 100, 1/15 at f16]

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Barbara Butler McCoy said...

So sorry to hear you've been ill - be well soon! This photo is stunning - the 'roaring' of the river and the serenity of those leaves in the pool, the curves of the rocks, the colors. Three gold stars, Pete;0

Zhoen said...

Rest and heal.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete - makes me smile to think of Iron Gate hut, where I actually met you many years ago, and that I have most likely watched the very same pair of whio at the very same spot. Your photo invokes in me a lot of emotions, mainly an itchy one in needing to get out there very soon. Hope you are feeling better, when you do perhaps we can look at a tramp? Kia kaha e hoa.

Anonymous said...

Hola Pete. Thars gold in dem dar hills! That's my kind of gold;-) Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. DO take it easy for awhile. Knowing you you'll be back in shape in no time! Maureen

leonie said...

sorry to hear about your flu, glad you are on the mend.

that leaf looks like a gold coin lying there, waiting for someone to scoop it up.

its a long weekend over here this weekend and I'm feeling the need to go find some water (that isnt the thames), your photograph just confirmed that for me... I want to put my feet in that water.

pohanginapete said...

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. I've been fortunate in being (mostly) able to rest up and recuperate, and consequently I'm in good shape now — a little tired, and in no hurry to get back into strenuous exercise until I'm sure the virus has gone completely, but otherwise none the worse for wear.