02 January 2014

Dawn of the New Year, Ngamoko Range

Happy New Year. The greeting's late because I only returned from the Ruahine this afternoon, and Toka Biv doesn't have Internet access. You can probably work out why from this photograph of the bivvy shortly before 6 a.m. on New Year's day. I walked in late on New Year's Eve, spent the night in this little box and was treated to this sunrise on New Year's Day.

Later in the morning I returned to the summit of the Ngamoko Range then headed down to Leon Kinvig hut. Heavy rain began in the evening, but eased overnight, and today I climbed back up the track, battled my way through the cloud and gale, and made my way back down Knights track to the car.

I trust you all had as wonderful a time as I did celebrating the New Year, and I hope 2014 delivers to you the kind of delight this short journey delivered to me. Thank you all for visiting these Ruins.

[1 January 2014, Olympus OM-D EM-1, 12–40 mm f2.8 at 12 mm, ISO 200, 1/13 at f11]

All content © 2014 Pete McGregor


Relatively Retiring said...

Happy New Year.
What a truly spectacular start to it.

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

Who needs internet with a setting like that?! Totally gorgeous. Happy New Year and all the best to you.

robin andrea said...

Such beautiful light there. A warm and lovely start to the new year.

Elephant's Child said...

What an absolute treat. On the principle of starting your year doing the things you want to continue doing you are off to a WONDERFUL start.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete - the early hours in the Ruahine are truly special, and this moment looks truly magnificent. I can imagine the wind must have been up a bit on the way out. Cheers for the inspiration as I pull gear together for Tara and myself next week. Happy New Year e hoa and look forward to catching up sooner than later.

Jono said...

Magic! I must get there one day.

Zhoen said...


pohanginapete said...

RR, thank you. It was one of the most spectacular mornings I've seen in the Ruahine.

Barbara, thanks — gorgeous indeed. The whole trip was a delight, and I found myself reluctant to get back on the Internet.

Robin, that beautiful light was ephemeral, and I consider myself well rewarded for the early rise.

EC — hard to imagine a better start to a year!

Kia ora Robb. I really hope you and Tara manage some similarly spectacular views. Fingers crossed that this crazy weather lets you enjoy a few good days in there. Let me know the plan; I can't promise I'll be able to meet up, but it might be possible.

Jono, good to see you got to Kinvig a few months ago! Toka Biv's definitely worth a visit, and it's not much of a detour from the trip over to Kinvig.

Zhoen — I might even have said that. Or something like it.