I am very happy to be able to send out another post, at long last, and expect to provide more in the very near future. I returned from my seven weeks in New Zealand just a few days ago and am working on a return to normalcy, but so many things are threatening to bubble over on the front burners that this website has, of necessity, taken a while to get to. At any rate, I’m back home now and am very much enjoying the signs of early spring flowers, but I’ll have to wait another day or so to bring you images of them.
As I left New Zealand, autumn had just started, and shortly before my departure I had a chance to re-visit a scenic reserve that I had been to only once, some 20 years ago. As one travels north from Auckland toward Whangarei, it’s about a 45-minute drive and is fairly easy to miss, but it’s well worth a stop. The Pohuehue River runs through it, and it’s a very nice bit of native bush. The Moirs Hill Walkway that leads to the waterfall is not too strenuous and takes around 15 minutes for those who don’t stop to carefully set up tripods and such for photography. I’ll start my catch-up efforts with a few images that I made there. It was a brilliant, cloudless day, so I bracketed my exposures to be able to take advantage of the magic of High-Dynamic-Range processing to be able to include the details in the deep shadows as well as in the brilliant highlights.
The plant with the wonderful serrated leaves is Elatostema rugosum, or New Zealand begonia; its native Maori name is parataniwha (pa-ra-TAHN-ih-fah).
It’s good to be back with you, and please stay tuned, as I’ll be posting again soon. Please click on an image if you’d like to see it at higher resolution.