Serene Spot

Serene Spot

A weekend away to Napier/Hastings/Havelock North (all really one place if you ask me – more like Nastock North) and while killing some time I returned to one of my favorite natural look-outs – the famous Te Mata Peak. However, this time I took a gamble and since I had a) no mountain bike with me, and b) the dog crying out for a walk/run, I parked at the bottom of the Te Mata Peak entrance and ventured along one of the many pathways in the bush.

Which is where I discovered this little known plantation of California Redwoods in the bottom of a gully. It is truly a magical spot, the feeling of serenity when sitting amongst these relatively young, but majestic trees was almost an emotional experience.

The subject of this shot, a small sheltered table has itself an almost zen-like quality with it’s juxtaposition to the natural surrounds.

Here’s a link to the exact Google Map location if you’re interested. I highly recommend you go out of your way to take a look for yourself.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: NIKON D2X
  • Taken: 22 September, 2007
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

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