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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Michael Bajko


Michael Bajko

Rimutaka Forest Park: Orongorongo River

East of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand

February 26, 2011, 11.25 am NZST

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Here we have reached the Orongorongo River that flows through the Rimutaka Forest Park. The water course runs along the edge of the bed, to the north (where the Sun is in the Southern Hemisphere) around to the right (east) down past the exposed bank you can see.

We're in the middle of the dry season here but once the rains start in May more water will flow. The river only ever reaches bank to bank after a couple of days of constant rain. That's when it becomes very dangerous. Not only is the water hard and fast, and the bottom uneven but the current is more than likely carrying boulders and tree trunks.

I'll show the water course in the next panorama, and by the way the Pampas Grass here is one of two Argentinian imports that have taken over the country from our native Toetoe, a more ancient and less-evolved, variety.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 10.5mm, Panosaurus, Slik Tripod, PC core2, Adobe Bridge, PTGuiPro 9.0.4, Photoshop CS3 extended, Pano2VR.

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