Originally posted at my photo website chthoniid.zenfolio.com
Once exams finished I headed off the Napier to visit my parents (and other family there). Sadly my parents are not as well as they used to be. I wanted to see them while I had the chance to get away from work. In theory I’m going to Kenya in December so time is getting pressing. I used some of the time I had available to take some pictures of the local scenery.
The first scene was of the Waipunga Falls. This only needed a short stop on the Napier-Taupo Highway. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to as the rain was frequent on the drive over.
#1 Waipunga Falls
The next shots were from within the Tangoio Scenic Reserve. The recent rain left the tracks soggy, making the hike a bit more challenging. Balancing camera gear while avoiding mud and slippery tracks is always fun. Hiking puttees are a useful thing to also have in your camera kit bag :)
The stream was swollen and had a good flow. I used my 20/2.8mm lens for these shots, along with the a Lee 6-stop “Little Stopper”. The carbon-fibre tripod and geared head is also quite handy.
#3 Secret world
#4 The Pool