Christmas and New Year at Aspiring Hut

It’s turning out to be a delight as to how I may feel walking in to begin my 15 day stints as hut warden at Aspiring Hut, and then finding that the mood of the weather has as much to do with it as anything. It really dictates the whole “energy” internally and externally, with the latter definitely impacting on the former.

It’s a fine day for the hour long drive up the Matukituki Valley, and for a minor delay while a farmer herds these cattle into making a flurry of dust…
Cattle Matukituki Station

And then a pleasant surprise: this time “in” I’d decided to take my mountain bike and I caught up with this guy Mike, and what he was able to do in this self designed and built wheel chair buggy amazed me. I only caught him because he was part of a multi family group. Part of the journey in, involves a steep hill climb covered with loose rocks that makes a 4wd scrabble a bit, but he sailed up it [minus the trailer that converts into a normal wheel chair]. He was very inspiring, and as we knew mutual friends and we’ve both done a lot in the mountains, we had a many a good chat while we waited on the track, and latter settled in at the hut…
Wheel Chair acces Mt Aspiring National Park

Mike’s family and friend’s and their families…
Family Group Mt Aspiring National Park

A couple of evenings after my arrival the light was quite flat under an overcast sky, so I went for a walk to see if I could spot some deer thought to be nearby, but alas no! However the soft light continued and as it was agreeable for a few tree photo ideas this is what I tried. Having got the shot and regarding it as my blank canvas I went to work on it digitally…
Mt aspiring National Park Matagouri

And ditto on the nearby mount Islington…
Mt Islington Mt Aspiring National Park

Then a few days later a rainbow conveniently displaying over the river from Aspiring Hut…
Rainbow from Aspiring Hut

Moody times in the rain near Cascade Hut, 20 mins down valley from Aspiring Hut…
Bush near Cascade Hut

A type of fungi I came across while doing some track maintenance. One I’ve not seen before…
fungi, Mt Aspiring National Park

Waterfalls off Mt Glengyle, Mt Aspiring National Park…
Waterfalls off Mt Glengyle, Mt Aspiring National Park

Rainy times at Shovel Flat while doing some track maintenance…
Shovel Flat, Mt Aspiring National Park

The above is about half the images I’ve taken on this roster, so watch this space for some more as soon as I have time. They’re pretty moody ones too as prior to this post being published from clear blue skies in Wanaka, there was a spell of rainy days

And a Happy New Year too :))

About this Like Minds Blog Donald Lousley

Concepts on how New Zealand landscape photography and fine art can be used to stimulate our imaginations to make the world a better and more gentle place. With photos, and some words, we explore with nomadic tendencies and inherited wizardry, all that is New Zealand, and it did not all begin with Lord of the Rings! Cheers Donald Lousley donald@icommunicate.co.nz PS my work site iCommunicate and MacAssist:

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