Twilight Tramping

Creative nighttime photography at HuiaAuckland Summer.  It’s hot and often 100% humidity.

Larry the pet goldfish finally ventures out of his bowel and into the backyard.  Unfortunately his evolutionary passage is struck short by raging sun-burn.

I exaggerate. But, summer in Auckland can get a little intense.

So when, over a beer, the subject of twilight tramping came up, I was immediately keen.

We set out 7.30pm on Friday night, arriving at Huia in the Waitekere Ranges just after sunset.

We stomped up the Tom Thumb Track towards Goat Hill in the cool evening air, entertained by the call of moreporks along the way. The 352m hill is an easy climb and rewards walkers with expansive views of Auckland city and Manakau Harbour, both day and night.

Bushy Tailed Tree Bear - Probably should have killed him with our mag-lightHeading back down the other side, there was more nocturnal wildlife to be seen scampering about, including a wee bushy tailed possum directly in our path. We did ponder whether we had a ethical obligation to kill him with our maglite, but were soon overcome with cuteness overload as he clambered up a tree. So,  we decided we’d instead blind him with flash photography. He didn’t seem too mind to much.

All up, it was a refreshing cool 90 minute walk, taking in stream crossings, hills, views, and a hint of intrepidness. Despite the waning gibbous moon (which allowed for some creative night time photography), and occasional glow-worms, our own light source was just a little underpowered, and I am now on a mission to find the world’s brightest head-torch, in time for our next mission.

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5 Responses to Twilight Tramping

  1. David says:

    There’s some crazily bright lamps (costing crazy prices too)

    EagleTac T10C2 HIgh 268 lumens
    Petzl Ultra 350 lumens
    Silva Alpha 6 540 lumens

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=211402
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=216830

  2. Simon says:

    I want to know who has a goldfish in their bowel?

  3. michelle says:

    It’s a deriviant of the bable fish, plenty of people might have use for one.

  4. Simon says:

    Politicians, lawyers, people who say 2009 is the year of Linux on the desktop…

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