November 17, 2014 … into the depths of the forest

In the afternoon, I decided to go to a less visited place.


Eager for company the calves canter over


Kaitoke is the main water catchment area for the Hutt Valley and Wellington. Not only does it supply a vast amount of water, but it also provides a wonderful scenic recreational reserve.  As I drove in the approach road I admired the green and gold paddocks of the farm at the entrance.  As I lined up my camera, a trio of calves eager to get their pictures in the supermarket magazines, cantered up. Their excitement came to a sudden stop at the electric fence.

Swing bridge

I really dislike bridges like this


I have mentioned my fear of heights before, so you can imagine it took some gritting of teeth deep breathing for me to cross the wire suspension bridge. I am certain it is well made as these things go, but it is decidedly wobbly and a long way above those very hard looking pebbles on the river banks.

In the bush

Not ten metres from the bridge and there is a different world


Once on the other side, it is a different world. Birdsong and greenery, tall trees and the peacefulness of the bush.

Forest giant

High above the lower canopy you can see epiphytes growing and far above that, the upper canopy


There are some astonishingly tall trees in this reserve. The great Redwoods of California are bigger, of course, but in New Zealand these are mighty mighty trees. And everywhere there are epiphytes growing in branches and crevices.


Fern patterns


It was late in the afternoon, but the sun was shedding a golden light and drawing stunning patterns on the canopy.

I must go there again, soon.


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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2 Responses to November 17, 2014 … into the depths of the forest

  1. I like the angle and DOF on the bridge photo

  2. Lovely bush images and not a bird in sight.

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