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Week 12: Macro

Oh, so many to choose from after a weekend away! I forgot to take my SLR in the rush and ‘busyness’ of packing up, so resorted to the ‘pro’ setting on my Samsung camera app which allows me to manual focus and change ISO etc. It is a bit tricky focusing as you basically need to move physically closer or further away from the subject. And steadying a light camera is not easy either. Nevertheless, I am quite pleased with the results.

We spent Easter weekend exploring some of the Whirinaki landscape. A new area for us made easier now that we have a campervan to pull over in and sleep anywhere! The podocarp forest (ngahere) is a stunning place and especially rich with berries and mushrooms now that Autumn is on its way. We were lucky too, with the weather. It is still warm and the sun provided excellent light through the trees.

Here are a few of my shots. Which do you like best?

woolly inkcap mushroom looking into the centre from an angle
Woolly Inkcap; Lake Okaro
Shaggy Inkcap Mushroom taken from above
Woolly Inkcap
Earth Stars; Whirinake Waterfall Track
Clover; Lake Okaro
puffball mushroom, white with detail of skin
Puffball Mushroom
bright green fern growing on the side of a tree. Spores are around the outside.
Kidney Fern; Whirinaki Waterfall Track
bright green kidney fern, seen side on growing on the side of a tree. Light shining through it.
Kidney Fern: Whirinaki Waterfall Track
dandelion clock
Dandelion Clock; Lake Okaro
deep red berry with a drip of water hanging underneath
Berry with drop of water: Lake Okaro
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Rā 132 Rāhoroi 13 o Haratua 

A stunning autumn day. Clear blue sky and perfect for a trail run that climbed 1000m then descended with some pretty technical stuff in the middle. River crossings, clambering up on all fours up steep slopes and slippy rocks made for a great course at the Cranleigh Kauri Run. Pleased with 3hrs 23mins. The views were amazing!

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Rā 125 Rāhoroi 6 o Haratua

Certainly ready for the weekend but an early start to get out on the hills in preparation for next week’s half marathon!! 

16km up at the windfarm. Not really my ‘happy place’! Too much runnable up so no opportunities to walk! Good preparation for Abel Tasman though and a beautiful autumn day. 

I am always fascinated by the wind turbines – so majestic and synergy with the landscape. 


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Rā 99 Rātapu 9 o Paengawhāwhā

We woke up to a beautiful morning in Eskdale. Clear blue sky, warm sunshine though just a wee nip in the breeze to remind us that it’s really autumn.  It’s a shame that the numpties in the car on the other side of the campsite started their engine and shone their headlights into our tent at some ungodly of the morning and woke us up! 

Leisurely breakfast, pack up and the long drive home.  Great weekend.