Adventures in Middle Earth, 2014 (1)

I’m two weeks into my escape from late winter in Nebraska to late summer in New Zealand, and it’s high time that I brought you an update.  Last week we had an excursion to an area that I have not visited before, recommended by Squiddy and Batty.  We drove northward out of Auckland for a couple of hours, under overcast skies with intermittent rain, and made our way along ever-smaller and -steeper roads until we reached the Waipu Caves.  There are no artificial lighting, boardwalks, or guard rails, so one must bring footwear suitable for slippery surfaces and a good flashlight.   There were only a few other visitors, so we were free to explore at our leisure.  I didn’t have my serious tripod with me, so I was limited in what I was able to do in the extremely-low light inside the cave, but I was able to rest my camera on a convenient rocky outcropping to make a shot of Squiddy examining some glowworms near the entrance. 

Waipu 7672After exploring the cave and emerging from its dark depths back into the wonderfully-lush surroundings of the limestone cliff under which the stream that carved the cave exits, I made three careful consecutive images, which I have been able to stitch together to produce this panorama, which conveys some of the magic that infuses places like this. 

Waipu 7678+81+84Please click on an individual image for a higher-resolution image, especially with the second one.

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Welcome to Krikit Arts! I'm a veterinarian; photographer; finger-style guitarist, composer, instructor, and singer/songwriter; fisherman; and fly-tyer. Please enjoy--and please respect my full rights to all photos on this Website!
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10 Responses to Adventures in Middle Earth, 2014 (1)

  1. It looks so untouched and beautiful. Definitely magical :).

  2. Vicki says:

    Very beautiful and as Cindy says, so untouched.

    (I was enjoying your CD again today, Gary – Yard Work brings a smile every time I play it).

  3. Great escape. New Zealand sounds (and looks) way better than the Midwest right now. Winter still has a grip here.

  4. Winnie says:

    Looks like a perfect place for a rainy day. Love the panorama!

    • krikitarts says:

      I love shooting on a rainy day, so long as it’s not really windy. Saturation by precipitation does wonderful things for the saturation of the colors. The panorama seemed especially appropriate here–glad you like it!

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