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!
I have visited South Island, New Zealand on several occasions. It had always been my intention to visit the Catlins region, renowned for its waterfalls, Nugget Point Lighthouse, and spectacular coastal scenery. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The bonus of course with New Zealand is there are no snakes. So, one can venture into the bush with the reassurance you’ll be safe.
The day I captured McLean Falls, is when I drove from Queenstown to the Falls. I’d only arrived in New Zealand, the evening before. I was that keen to capture the waterfalls, commencing with the McLean Falls.
They were easy to locate, and the roads were good, including the gravel road, the last 2-3 kilometres, which was in good condition. When I arrived at the car park, I put on my gum boots. The rain was persistent.
The evening before I purchased a large umbrella and my gum boots as I’m aware of how unpredictable the weather can be, even heading towards summer. Not a negative comment, but I have lived there.
McLean Falls were a convenient walk from the car park. The pathway was good, and of course, it included walking up some steps, with a good gradient, but, again, the steps were in good condition. One forgets the pull on your muscles, particularly if you are mature as I am, as the surrounding trees and vegetation are so lovely, you become distracted from the steep steps.
When I arrived at the falls, the rain had made its presence felt. But, as I said, having an umbrella was a bonus. Fortunately, the wind wasn’t strong. I was also fortunate in that I had a good seat which comprised of strong tree roots that were suspended in mid-air. I used the roots as my ‘seat’, which proved to be comfortable. Particularly as I was there for some time.
The rain did not deter the tourists. Of course, they had a great time capturing themselves with the impressive falls as a great backdrop. It was a good opportunity to experiment with various techniques whilst I was shooting. I don’t get to capture waterfalls too often in Australia, where I live, due to the distance I need to travel to get there. So, I was super excited to be there.
After spending a few hours at the falls, I knew it was time to pack up my equipment and head off to where I had booked my accommodation for a couple of days. I was happy, when I packed away my camera and photographic equipment, that I was able to capture some memorable shots.