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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chasing the Sun

With winter coming on, I'm reminded of a frigid, late fall venture up to one my favourite places in New Zealand. Sitting exposed, and high above the treeline, French Ridge overlooks the Matukituki Valley and glaciers of Mount Barff. Here I learned what it meant to sit out a thunderstorm in alpine country. I spent two days in this hut, with no heat, bundled in all my clothes and sleeping bag, the hut rocking and creaking from the massive wind gusts and the rhythmic spattering of freezing rain pelting the corrugated iron roof. Even tho I was cold and stuck, I was in awe by the sounds and power of the alpine storm. And when it finally stopped was the day I fell in love with this place and the magical vision that can be created by a clearing storm.

Shot on a tripod at f/100, 1/160 sec, ISO 100 on April 15, 2008.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011



Chasing the Sun

Three years ago this was my life. Waking up in my van and going down to the shore of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand to have breakfast. Then I'd head off to work at the Lake Outlet Holiday Park to build rock walls for their new campsites. It was a beautiful time, free and full of adventure. Living in my van meant I could go anywhere anytime and I was home. Van living is a bit harder, no sink, no shower, no toilet and no kitchen, but I was far more likely to go to a place like this for breakfast, which I did everyday for quite a while. In a country full of beauty and serenity, Lake Wanaka is one of It's greatest gems, and I cherish the nine months I was able to spend there.

Shot by remote on a tripod at f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 400 on November 2, 2008.

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