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 I did with Tasman Lake, I researched the Hooker Valley Trail. It’s a 10-kilometre walk. I knew there were going to be challenges, from the start, due to my low fitness levels, and a ‘weighty’ camera bag. On this occasion, I reduced the layers of clothing as the day was becoming increasingly warm. The walk is popular, particularly with tourists.
By the time I got into the rhythm of the walk, the temperature had risen significantly. I chose to enjoy the journey. Keeping my sights on the pathway ahead of me, whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery around me
Along the way, I made several photographic stops, particularly on my return journey. 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 Hooker Valley Lake before the sun was above it. That would have prevented me from capturing the lake.
With that thought in mind, I picked up my pace. By that time, I walked across 3 swing bridges, and the gravel tracks and board walks were in excellent condition. As the morning matured, the tracks were becoming more populated.
Towards the end of my walk after climbing a considerably steep hill, the lake came into focus. What a beautiful sight. Although the water was brown, whilst it is aquamarine in colour during the winter months due to it being icy, it was worth the effort and endurance to reach this iconic location.
I walked down the hill towards the lake and captured the magnificent Mt Cook, which had a generous layer of snow. The reflections of the mountain across the lake were a sight to behold.
It was time to pack away my equipment and return to the car park. I noticed the increase in humanity on my way back. People were appreciating the snow-covered mountain ranges and the warmth of the sun.
When I reached the car park, I was tired but elated. The warmth of the sun soaked my soul with blissful delight. It was rewarding and reassuring to experience the exceptional beauty that soothed my soul and changed my life.