I’ve always wanted to explore the bits of Mt Vernon park I cant on my bike, with nothing much else on (and Pam off to a ‘high tea’) I headed off…
Went out to get some pics yesterday, headed to Mt Vernon Park, a park nestled into a couple of valleys on the port hills , with Rapaki on the left and Bowenvale on the right.
The main valley is quite wide and open and a fair nice walk.
But off to the side is a steep walled wooded valley and the Gorge track. The rock faces in this valley are used extensively by the cities rock climbers. The light wasn’t very good in the valley being mid afternoon and a short day with could cover so I resorted to shooting mainly for HDR in here, honestly its a better walk than a shoot in these conditions!
As for the walk the Gorge track takes you over the stream several times and there’s a lot of fallen tree’s to get past, the track is steep in places and muddy, all in all a superb little walk the likes of which Christchurch has few of.
Sky came out a bit loony tunes on that one!
At this point, loosing the light and having no torch (and it being kinda tricky terrain), I turned back. The tripod came in Handy as a makeshift walking stick..
After that I headed up through Cashmere to the Summit road for some sunset pics – where Adam pulled in to say high ( apparently I’m recognisable?). I drove over the summit road down to Governors bay as the light the other side of the hills seemed much better,but I couldn’t find a decent vantage point to take advantage of it so I turned round.. And found a nice spot on the summit road with views down over Quail Island:
After that I carried round the summit road past the Gondola and took a few shots of sunset over the city: