Saturday, November 8, 2008

Focus Trip to Catlins - November, 2008

Native Bush........

Yellow eyed penguin.....

& many stunning waterfalls.

Never before have I been able to photograph a milky waterfall, the benefit of being with a group of knowledgable photographers
This group of 19 photographers from Focus Aorangi with husbands/wives travelled south to The Catlin's on Thursday & returning on Sunday. The weather was a little disappointing, with relentless very strong southerly winds and squally showers - however, all had adequate clothing to layer up or down when necessary. The weather did not deter any of us from venturing out and hundred & hundreds of images were recorded, and hundreds deleted I suspect!!?

Sunrise at Pounawea, a lovely part of The Catlins -
the area where we stayed.

This is the closest we came to a sunrise...not great but best we had!!

The "A" team - The kitchen crew for Saturday night dinner,

-John Freebourn, Lindsay Willoughby, Jenny Talbot,
Lorraine & Doug Gibb, Alice & Rob Dupont.

Camp Mum & Dad..Norma Bartrum & Murray Birch

A bonus to see a woodpidgeon

With the help of Alice I tried & loved creative photography,

More creative stuff!!!

Oophs! sorry!

This is meant to be rotated left

Alice, Jill & Yvonne -
leaving the beach to head into the sand
dunes (Sea lion country!!)

Initially, there was a bit of hunt for the Sea Lions, but we found plenty after walking the beaches. Certainly not the most friendly beach inhabitants as some of our group well know!!

Kelp & wind - (plenty of both) - are the two ingredients
that help to form some amazing sand patterns......

Kelp swept up on the beach

Wonderful bush walks, with plenty of macro
photography opportunities.

The rugged coastline taken from The Nuggets

Early rise this morning (5am), ever hopeful of capturing a
sunrise, however this was not to be.

How lucky we were when travelling towards The Nuggets,
to see two Yellow Eyed Penguins on the road.

Rugged coastline with beautiful beaches......

.....these quaint cribs adorn the coastline


Larri said...

Hmmmm....some pics look a bit dark Lorraine

Lyall said...

Hi Lorraine You are a photo genius Well done We have always wanted to go to the Catlins Looks like we will have to now to see the fab views. Congrats on your blog Lyall

Pollyan said...

What a great Blob, congratulations!. Was that Alice that helped you? I love the photos of the kelp and sand, and of course many others. Great to see you having a 'play' as well. I will be following you.
It was great to meet you at NPS. Pam