Field-Trip: Mt Somers – Ashburton Lakes District –  14th to 16th June 2019

Trip Leader:  Sue 

Trip Report:  Maureen 

First of all, thank you to Sue for such a well organised interesting trip. Our accommodation was excellent, and the meals booked for us were great.

On Friday the weather was lovely, people arrived at different times having stopped at different places on the way. The view from Buicks Bridge was particularly stunning. Maori Lakes proved interesting with reflected mountains, and the surprise of a helicopter “rounding up” the geese. To no effect!  Lakes Heron, Camp and Clearwater were ruffled by wind, but still lovely to see. There was a quiet soft sunset, followed by a delicious meal at Stronechrubie.

Saturday showed us what a difference a day can make – a misty morning made for moody shots, with dew on the grasses and bulrushes. We made our way from here to the other lakes, meeting at Lake Clearwater for lunch at the lake. Then on to Mt Sunday – by this time the mist was lifting, and the mountains  were becoming visible.

The climb up Mt Sunday was breath-taking, in more ways than one, but very much worth the effort to see the wide, open views from the top.

We continued back to Lake Camp to find it was calm and still, showing the stunning reflections it is known for. A lovely end to the photography for the day – then back to Mt Somers for a tasty roast chicken dinner prepared for us by women from the local rugby club as a fundraiser.

Sunday back to the lakes, in a very cold frost, for a colourful sunrise, and then we made our various ways home, some having coffee at Staveley on the way.

A most enjoyable trip – good company, good food, and lots of different opportunities for photography!

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