Under the beeches, Upper Maitai

Under the beeches, Upper Maitai, Nelson. 1.15 pm, 28 November 2018

On a weekday recently I went walking with a friend up our local valley, to the Maitai caves. Our wander through the forest became quite an enchanting one (with a little mud thrown in). The day was cloudy but not too hot or cold – no insects, no people! We didn’t actually get to the caves, but there were many interesting trees to look at, including tawa, and kamahi and mountain nei nei both in flower.  Streamside we saw unusual clusters of beech leaves, sitting in patches underwater, unmoving. I didn’t take many photos, but I was pleased with this fairly abstract one.

1/80th sec at f5.6. Nikon 50mm; ISO 500

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