23-29 April ’11
Cheating just a little
This week’s post contains some photos that strictly speaking should be in last week. However as they’re part of the same long-weekend break, I’ve put them all together.
This is a shot I’ve been wanting to get for a couple of years. We drive this way when we head up to Mangaweka for weekend breaks. I’ve noticed how lovely the little valley looks when all the trees turn golden. But every time it’s been a case of we’re in a hurry or the weather’s not right or ah, too late, all the leaves are gone. So the shot has not been got.
This time, the Lovely Man and I made time. The kidlets had set off earlier in the day with their Grandad. I judged the timing to be about right. Our local trees were all cloaked in autumn glory and the day was clear, the sky blue. However, there is that saying about the best laid plans. When we arrived at Rewa the clouds had moved in, the sun was playing hide and seek. We parked in a safe spot a little way up the road and walked back down to the bridge from which I wanted to get the shot. Though the valley still looked pretty with the braided stream running in its alluvial course and the leaves shimmering yellow on the trees, without the sun it was not the shot I wanted. So we waited. Pigeons roosting under the bridge cooed softly, a gentle breeze was blowing. It would have been a pleasant place to pass the time but for the constant traffic. Who knew that the Cheltenham Hunterville Road was so busy!? Every vehicle that passed by made the bridge shake, too, though it didn’t seem to bother the cooing pigeons. Eventually, after a bit of a wait (thank goodness we didn’t have the kids with us, they have no patience what-so-ever) the sun broke through. And I got the shot I’ve been waiting for.F-stop f/8 Exposure 1/125sec ISO Speed ISO-320 Focal length 18mm
Apprentice Wood Cutter
Our on going quest for free fire wood. The more we can gather for just the cost of our own labour, the better. A local farmer had given us permission to drag out whatever decent wood we could find from his scrap pile up the hill. Good wood and fairly easy access. It didn’t take longto cut up and load a trailer full. Continue reading