On a very chilly morning last Saturday seven of our members headed for the Maniototo via the Middlemarch road. As we climbed the hill the sky started to lighten up as the sun started a new day. By the time we reached the top of the hill at the start of the old Dunstan Trail we had just enough time to set up our tripods before the sun turned on one of the most spectacular sun rises I have ever seen.
Back into the four wheel drives and on to Middlemarch for a coffee. Then stops here, there and everywhere, including the stone sheep yards, railway siding and lunch at the fisherman’s huts where we took in the big skies of the Maniototo. There had been a bit of frost early on but none of the hoped for hoar frost or snow. The evening was spent at the Ranfurly Hotel.
Sunday morning we were of to the Blue Lake at St Bathans for coffee and fresh scones, raspberry jam and cream. And yes we did take a few shots as well. Down the road to photograph the old White Horse Hotel at Becks and finally down a very wet and slippery road to Poolburn dam. Thank goodness for the four wheel drive vehicles! The lake was an unbelievable colour and I am sure most of you will think we have all been very busy with Photoshop. Milky blue in parts and in other parts a very dark blue like I have never seen before. Finally we headed back to Dunedin after photographing a couple of old trucks on the way.
Thanks Glenn for a great weekend.
Post by Ken Trevathan