Anyone who knows me well, will know I love getting away, tramping. An American friend of mine thought it had something to do with trampolining, so to clarify for any non-kiwi readers 'tramping' in kiwispeak, means 'hiking' in most other countries! I've not long come back from a 4 day trip over the Gillespie Pass near Makarora in New Zealand's South Island. It was great (well mostly - the part where I was so wet that my underwear was soaked through was NOT a highlight) but much of the rest was, and it is an extremely beautiful part of a country which I am privileged to live in. As always, I take my camera and use it to the max - often having to review my pics so I can delete a few and fit more in! Now that I am back, I have started a whole series, within the wider series of what I call "Exploration" - that I am calling "Tramping Tops" or maybe just "Tops", I haven't quite decided yet. These will be paintings of either the top point of a track or area that I'm in - see below which has Mount Cook in it - and is the view from the Mueller Hut Track, near Mueller Hut, at sunset:
Or it may be the view from a pass or a saddle. I've been having fun exploring and adding lots of extra colour too some of these paintings- you can particularly see this in the next pic - which is of the top of the Kepler track. See if you can spot the tiny trampers (actually you probably need to see the real painting to spot these!), and the track that they are following as it meanders along the ridge line. When I walked it, a few years back now, we were very lucky to have a brilliant day when we were going over the top - I've heard stories of people having to crawl over this spot when people have been unlucky enough to encounter high winds (and I could just imagine it!)
Keep an eye on my website (or facebook page) for more 'Tops'. Until next time...