Jan 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm #1226898
In the Arthur's pass region of the South Island. Nice weekend trip from Christchurch
The climb up from Edward's valley was HOT
But it was worth it to get to the tarn and set up the Cloudburst 1
The clouds kept us entertained all evening
We awoke to clear, calm skies and found we were surrounded by sundews!
I was sorry to leave this little tarn, but we found my favourite purple mushroom on the way down
I'm sure I'll be back to this cute little tarn.Feb 23, 2008 at 7:02 pm #1421762
Tom ClarkBPL Member
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Great photos. I have never seen a purple mushroom…very cool! Wonderful campsite.Feb 24, 2008 at 11:42 am #1421852
Yeah, I think this purple mushroom (Thaxterogaster porphyreus) is unique to NZ beech forest litter. At certain times of year it is quite common and easy to spot!Feb 25, 2008 at 1:54 am #1421962
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
A comment which may pass over the heads of Americans who don't know about New Zealand weather …
Lovely photos though!Feb 25, 2008 at 2:40 am #1421965
@jcarter1Locale: Pacific Northwest
These lovely pictures make me want to go out and buy one of those nice looking Cloudbursts! Henry would probably appreciate a copy of that campsite for his website.Feb 25, 2008 at 5:53 am #1421971
Seeing John's "William's Saddle" reference, I thought someone had posted about Williams Lake in Southern Colorado's Weminuche Wilderness. Wrong! And pleasantly so!
The view into the valley, long reflections, fragile patterns and features in the carpet, temptress clouds teasing their way past, and the light, and the light, and did I say light?
But for the world between, I'd go back too!
Thanks for posting.Feb 25, 2008 at 1:54 pm #1422025
Roger BBPL Member
Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. NZ is a very special place.
What camera were you using?Feb 28, 2008 at 12:17 pm #1422405
The camera is just a basic Optio S4, about 3 years old. The scenery is what made these photos, not the camera. I'm really disappointed in myself that I didn't take my camera for our climb into Gloriana in the Lewis Pass over the last few days. The weather and scenery really were "to die for"…
Here's a photo of Gloriana taken from Lewis Pass on another trip. It's the peak just to the right of middle.Jul 17, 2008 at 1:48 am #1443300
Stuart BilbyBPL Member
@stubilbyLocale: New Zealand
I have heard a cute story that the New Zealand purple mushrooms are magic and that if you see one you will find what you are looking for. So far when I have seen one I have been looking for the track, my friends or the way down. Nowadays when I am in purple mushroom country I try to be looking for true happiness and large diamonds.
StuJul 21, 2008 at 6:45 pm #1443851
Ha, Stuart, you are Sooooo right. I am always looking for happiness, and finding a good specimen of a purple mushroom ALWAYS makes me happy…so they must be magic.
Daimonds, on the other hand, do nothing for me, though I've never found one while tramping :(
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