I purposefully took my large pack loaded with the two cameras (Yashica635 and Rolleicord VB), some layers and waterproofs, a bag of fruit and nuts, water, film supplies, and my heavy, but steady tripod. I’m trying to add more weight when hiking at the moment leading towards some kind of hike fitness come Springtime and camping. Anyway, the hike was mildly technical in places due to sloppy and slippery mud mostly, with some steep up and downs that maxed out at only 150M. It felt higher than that though due to some steep gradients heading up. The track that is rated as a 2 hour loop seemed to have all sorts of environments from pine forest, rushing rivers, waterfalls and open grassy hills. It kind of reminded me of multiple hikes i’ve done all compressed into a short but fun walk.
What really fascinated me yesterday was the cloud formations in this region. There seemed to be what looked like warm and cold air colliding (I’m guessing) and the results produced Yin and yang like formations in the sky- being dark and light. I could not take my eyes off it! The blue colour was intense. We also met a guy, Greg, who had hiked up to fly his drone and we captured some portraits too. His process was hectic TBH and required so many batteries! We laughed at how my process was mostly mechanical- aside from iPhone light metering, as he placed what looked like a VR unit over his face and piloted the machine around the sky. It was too windy though, so that was short lived for the portraits. We were literally the only people on the track and because of that got some great opportunities to shoot the water falls and rushing rivers. I imagine over the busy months of Summer the movement on the bridge where you capture the falls would have so much foot traffic the camera would be moving terribly. We had a good hike and this region is definitely worth a visit.
I noticed that they sell honey made on the farm too, and with the visitor centre (where you pay your $10 walk fee) being mostly staff free, i’ve grabbed a flier and will be emailing them about the Beekeeper project.
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