Join me in experiencing my adventures and excitement on my photo shoots, as I unwrap my journey involved in capturing images that linger, whilst reflecting spectacular scenery that soak the soul with peace and hope!
After an incredible experience at Tasman Lake, I realised the importance of chasing the light daily, particularly in South Island, New Zealand. The weather can be unpredictable.
As with Tasman Lake, I did a lot of research regarding the Hooker Valley Trail. It’s a 10-kilometer walk. From the start, I knew there were going to be challenges due to my low fitness levels, and a ‘weighty’ camera bag. But, on this occasion, I reduced my clothing layers as the day was becoming increasingly warm. The walk is well known and thus popular, particularly with tourists.
By the time I got into the rhythm of the walk, the temperature had risen significantly. But I chose to enjoy the journey. Keeping my sights on the journey ahead of me, and the spectacular scenery around me
Along the way, particularly on my return journey, I made several photographic stops. The scenery was out of this world. Snow covered peaks, contrasted with the river and countryside that was hard to resist stopping and absorbing its beauty. It had recently snowed heavily. You could hear and see minor avalanches. The weather was superb. Not a breath of wind. Perfect!
As the morning grew into maturity, I realised the importance of capturing the Mueller Lake before the sun was above it. I made this stop before the first swing bridge. The conditions were superb.
The Hooker Valley Trail is a popular walk, the number of walkers was on the increase, so I did not remain too long at this wonderful viewing site as I knew the importance of arriving at Hooker Lake before the sun was too mature in the sky.
It was a day to remember for some to come. I arrived at the car park after walking 13 kilometres that day, tired, but elated.