Yay for waterfall Wednesday and fantastic hidden gems like this ❤️ spent a fantastic few days away last week with my amazing travel buddy @kiwigrammer. We could not believe our luck when we found this place and had a relaxing hour just taking in the beauty of it all 🙌🏻
- ▪️Sony A7Riv ▪️Sony 16-35mm F/4 lens ▪️️Edited in Lightroom
On my very first trip to Taranaki, I hiked out to Pouakai Tarn for sunset where I met a friendly and eccentric Norwegian photographer who was there for the sunset too. It turned out that we were both staying at Pouakai hut, and I told him that I’d specifically scheduled my trip for that weekend as it was
a new moon and conditions were perfect to see the milky way rise over the mountain. This guy had been doing landscape photography for 35 years, and for some reason had never done any night photography (you live in Norway WTF?!). He asked to tag along when I went back out later that night, so I told him to meet me at the tarn at 3am.
When 2:45am rolled around, I set out from the hut and found him at the top of the hill, snapping away in some bushes (turns out he’d already been out there for 2hrs) and told me he hadn’t had any luck with getting decent photos as it was too foggy and he wasn’t sure what camera settings to use. I set my tripod next to his, and we synced our ISO & shutter speeds in for a test shot. 20 seconds later, this image above popped up on our screens, he rattled off a string of profanities that made me - a tradie - blush, and his new love for astrophotography was born.
Then he ditched his wife and kid to hitch a ride to Rotorua with a random tramper he met the next morning because he wanted to “Check out the area yah”. The man.
Raetihi | Kenepuru Sound. Going back through some film stills from last year and was reminded of the beauty of Raetihi. Anyone who has ever spent time in the sounds will know that when you wake up to a morning like this, it’s gonna be a spectacular day! Bring on summer!!!
A veces, en el Te Puke Holiday Park tenemos que mostrar dónde está Uruguay. También hacemos cenas temáticas donde cada nacionalidad tiene que cocinar algo para todos con opción vegana o vegetariana. Las fotos son de la cena Japonesa cuando Naoki y Mijo hicieron sushi entre otras cosas para todos. Ya pasamos por la noche francesa, italiana, peruana y los argentinos y uruguayos nos unimos para hacer empanadas. También la dueña del Holiday Park hizo fish and chips un día para todos. Festejamos los cumpleaños y generalmente después de trabajar siempre nos encontramos en la cocina para comer y además pasar un buen rato. Estamos compartiendo generalmente con gente de Chile, Perú, Japón, Alemania, Francia, Argentina, República Checa, Brazil, Italia, Lituania y todo el tiempo llega gente nueva y también algunos se van.
Sometimes, at Te Puke Holiday Park we have to show where Uruguay is. We also have themed dinners where each nationality has to cook something for everyone with a vegan or vegetarian option. The photos are from the Japanese dinner when Naoki and Mijo made sushi among other things for everyone. We have already spent the French, Italian, Peruvian and Argentine and Uruguayan nights together to make empanadas. The owner of the Holiday Park also made fish and chips one day for everyone. We celebrate birthdays and generally after work we always find ourselves in the kitchen to eat and also have a good time. We are generally sharing with people from Chile, Peru, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Czech Republic, Brazil, Lithuania and new people arrive all the time and some of them leave.
“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
A bit of color for the new week, stay kind everyone!❤️
I took this photo while I was visiting the Taranaki region in New Zealand few years ago. I loved that beach, the vibes and this beautiful landscape with the volcano in the background. But if you explore a bit more, you will also find those colourful rocks that looks quite impressive.