I don’t even know how to describe the day we had today. I have had a few life changing days because of seeing some spectacular places on this planet and today was one of them. First let me say New Zealand is an amazing country. It is beauty no matter where you look. Mountains, waterfalls, lakes and just about anything you can think of. Throw in really nice people and it is a great place to visit. We will do more PODAS workshops here and trust me you don’t want to miss them.
Today we visited a place that I can only describe as the edge of the planet. It is very remote and very high up into the mountains. You can get there by helicopter which is what we did. Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken our local guides and instructors know places no one else does and this was one of them. All 31 of us were shuttled by helicopter to Earnslaw Burn which is so spectacular. We are flying in and we go around a bend in a valley way up in the mountains and we are greeted by a scene that is hard to explain. Imagine cliffs thousands of feet high with glaciers on top. As the glaciers melt they form waterfalls and not just one but dozens. And these flow down these cliffs. The pictures above and below will tell the story best and save me a lot of typing. Bottom line is we had a day none of us will forget. We spent hours in this fairy tale land shooting everything. And, it was good to sit down and take it in too, because half the experience was just being there.
We flew out and were dropped off by our vans. We had lunch and we were off to another magical place. Mike and Jackie know this enchanted forrest. I’m not kidding when I say that. The light and color in this forrest was unlike anything I experienced before. And, to top all of this off, we came back had an elegant dinner and then were blessed with a marvelous talk by one of our instructors, Ken Duncan. Ken’s work is amazing and inspiring. His generosity in how he shares his talent and passion is truly special.
A PODAS workshop like we say is unlike any other. As you look at these images you can see the attendees are having a great time. The amazing part is we are not finished yet. We have days more of shooting. We have planes taking us to the top of a glacier at Mt. Cook with helicopters shuttling us out. We have a zodiac trip planned in a lake full of icebergs plus more talks by our instructors. It’s a bit overwhelming, but it is PODAS and as anyone who has been on a PODAS will tell you it is non-stop photography, learning and fun for a week. Sleep is optional.