Higher we go...
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Maori name derived from the phrase
‘TE RANGI I TOTONGIA A TAMATEKAPUA –
THE DAY THE BLOOD OF TAMATEKAPUA WAS SHED’.
This is the 5th photo in the series on Rangitoto Island.
Rangitoto is not merely an island for the summer tourist. It's an island for all seasons. Wintertime provides a wonderful opportunity to explore all the tracks. The lava fields do not reach the high temperatures that they do during summer and unlike Auckland, where the bush tracks are very muddy at that time of year, the tracks remain dry. In summertime it is very hot walking up the lava paths.
In this shot you can see more varieties of trees growing closer together. In the shade from the pohutukawa and rata mixture, plants like mingimingi, koromiko and puka are growing. The lack of water to nourish the vegetation puzzles most visitors to the island. There is no running water on the place, and birds are very scarce, but there is water underneath. So the trees that grow here put their roots down and hit that water. You can see boulders placed at the side of the walkway – the prisoners from Auckland Prison would have placed these there in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Most people visiting Rangitoto for the first time are amazed at the lava rock formations and the way that over 200 species of native trees and flowering plants, more than 40 kinds of fern and over 20 species of native orchids have established themselves in such harsh, rocky terrain.
Photographs taken 150 years ago show that Rangitoto was a lot more bare than it is to-day. As the mosses, lichen and algae have grown up and deteriorated, they have formed the soil and in that soil seeds have grown. From these seeds, pohutukawas and ratas have developed until to-day when a "new" tree has formed, a hybrid that is a cross between the pohutukawa and the red rata. Pohutukawa trees have established themselves as the dominant tree on the island and Rangitoto now has the largest remaining pohutukawa forest in New Zealand.
Make – SONY Model - DSC-P8
DateTime - 2005:02:22 11:20:47
ExposureTime - 10/1600 seconds
FNumber - 2.80
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 6.00 mm
Cropped, Saturated, Gamma Correction, Sharpened
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- [2005-02-27 3:48]
Hi Janice :-)
It looks like you made photostory - traveling up on Rangitoto. I like this idea! As I can see many mosses and lichens grow up near walkpath. Did you take some close-ups of it? Very nice landscape this time, less devastated by lava. And bice to meet your friend, erm...even partially ;-)
Today is cold but very sunny. Wonderful blue sky out of window. And in my PC I see your wonderful landscape!
It's wonderful there are places where is summer and green plants :-) I love your post!
This couldn't be better to illustrate Trekking plus Nature, janice. Would have loved to be there! Seems compression has reduced legibility in details and colors. I like the framing and the curved slope formed by the path border.
Hi Janice. Your notes on this walk are good.I can see the big Puka leaves there.Your bush photography is improving too.I find I get best results now if I lower the EV (aperture setting?) a little,then lower light levels and increase colour saturation when I PP.
(I was thrilled...some I took today,I didn't need to edit at all!)
I find a little graininess is almost inevitable when adjusting and sharpening these bush photos.This is good though.Well done.
- [2005-02-27 15:28]
Another good one in the series Janice. Very interesting notes. Good work
- [2005-03-14 20:57]
Janice, what I also find great about this site is how people, little by little, improve their photos.
I still remember your first photo, the one which displays a beautiful caterpillar. And now we have this suggestive photo/path.
Great composition and shades of green. It really seems great to be there for some shots.