The Ngong Ping 360 is a gondola lift on Lantau Island. Opened in 2006 it’s one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions. It takes 25 minutes to travel the 6 kilometre length. From Tung Chung up to Ngong Ping. Taken on the ride up, this photograph shows the longest length of the cable rising up the island. Due it being early in the day there aren’t many people coming back the other way and I had the how cabin to myself.
Heading back down from Snowdon’s Summit. This was the landscape we had walked up through and were about to walk back down. Glaslyn (Welsh for Blue Lake) is in the middle of the image. The much larger lake in the background in Llyn Llydaw (from the Welsh meaning Brittany lake). In framing this photograph I was keen to include the path we were walking along. Coming into left side of the picture is the Pyg Track which continues all the way to the other side of Llyn Llydaw. You can see the Miners Track which breaks off and goes right down to the lake side of both of these natural lakes.
Looking out of the window one morning, I saw this view across the field and thought it reminded me of something. Although this landscape is a little more cluttered with a tin shed on the right, the way the sun is coming through the clouds and lighting up the grass reminds me of a photograph titled Bliss by Charles O’Rear taken in California. It was used by Microsoft for the default wallpaper background in Windows XP. Kawhatau Valley is a remote area north of Palmerston North in New Zealand. We recently stayed in a holiday home for a couple of nights.
This view shows what I believe is called the Ketetahi Hot Springs Stream. It’s taken about 400-500 metres down stream from the hot springs which are privately owned by the local iwi Tuwharetoa and have been out of bounds since the 1990s when a tourist was scaled to death in the springs. Obviously I wasn’t going to put my hand down into this stream, though I’m sure it would be a lot cooler being a few hundred metres down stream. Seeing this view and how the sunlight was hitting the landscape I had to stop and take out my camera.
The contrast in the light between the foreground and background is great, it is very typical of a New Zealand landscape. Getting low to the water (but not too close) I was able to frame the stream coming into shot from the right and running off down towards Lake Rotoaira and further in the distance the huge Lake Taupo, which almost looks like it could be the sea. I haven’t yet had a chance to explore the smaller Lake Rotoaira but from here the Tongariro crossing, this is the last part of the crossing and it is around another 5 or 6 kilometres walk down to the Ketetahi carpark which marks the end of the hike.