In the afternoon, I decided to go to a less visited place.
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.
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.
Once on the other side, it is a different world. Birdsong and greenery, tall trees and the peacefulness of the bush.
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.
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.