Field Trip:  Autumn in the Mackenzie Country – 26th to 28th April 2019

Trip Leaders:  Ann & Peter 

Trip Report:  Pol S

Sixteen of us met up on Friday evening at Peter’s bach in Otematata for our autumn photography shoot.  Folks arrived from all quarters, some having come early, or travelled from other holiday destinations.  Half of us were housed in a convenient neighbouring bach. The forecast wasn’t all that promising, but the little light rain on Saturday morning didn’t impede us; in fact, the bright overcast sky yielded nicely saturated colours.  Everyone headed off in different directions, so it will be interesting to see where we all got to when the images are shared.  Maureen, Sue, Diana and I spent Saturday morning exploring locally, back to Peter and Ann’s cosy bach for lunch, then up the Quailburn for old farming relics and lots of fungi in the afternoon.  Most headed home on Sunday, but Maureen and I went over Hakataramea Pass, then up to Mackenzie Pass, returning to Otematata via Tekapo and the main road, avoiding the violent nor’west weather in the headwaters towards the main divide.  The best weather for photography frequently follows from a poor weather forecast.

Many thanks to Ann and Peter for their generous hospitality.  This really is a fantastic centre for exploring, as there are so many interesting places within easy reach for a day’s drive.

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