Where River Meets Sea

Dramatic coastlines, unspoiled wilderness, and a dramatic backdrop of mountains are all part of the amazing area known as Haast on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Haast  is remote and sparsely populated, and offers the traveller a refreshing experience than the usual heavily populated tourist spots of New Zealand. The scenery where the Haast River meets the Tasman Sea is truly breathtaking and river edges pulse with activity when the whitebait are running.

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“River Meets Sea”       © Sue Thomson 2014

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“The Whitebait Stand”       © Sue Thomson 2014

I wrote about the whitebait phenomena last week in my blog “Little Fish are Sweet” and I share here a few more images of the charming little caravans where the fishermen hang out between tides.

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“Gold at Haast”       © Sue Thomson 2014

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“Window to Haast”       © Sue Thomson 2014

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“Mountain View”       © Sue Thomson 2014

Next week’s blog will feature seascapes from Haast Beach.

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Jumping Tarpon – Most Viewed Image

The Getaway Images website has now been live on the internet for almost two months.  During this time I have been madly learning geeky IT skills such as monitoring website and blog visit statistics.

Google Analytics tells me that “Jumping Tarpon” is currently the most viewed image so far, so I would like to share with you some information about how this image was created.

Some of you may have been thinking ‘what the hell is that?’ when you were looking at the thumbnail!

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Jumping Tarpon

Last year, I was fortunate to visit the Everglades, Miami and Florida Keys.  The image of the tarpon was taken at Robbie’s, in Islamorada in beautiful Florida Keys.  Visitors come from around the world to witness the spectacle of the tarpon feeding and to enjoy the laid back lifestyle of this part of the world.

Islamorada consists of six islands and is situated between the saltwater wilderness of EvergladesNational Park in one direction, North America’s only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits in the other.

Life is pretty relaxed down in the Key’s, palms sway in the breeze, hustle and bustle is non-existent and the folks are very friendly.  You get the feeling that the place has been forgotten in time.

Large schools of tarpons,  known as ‘silver fish’, prowl around the edge of the pier at Robbie’s in anticipation of being fed bait fish which you purchase by the bucket to feed the tarpons.  Large numbers of up to 100 congregate and excitedly thrash around when they can see food being tempted just above the waters edge.  Let me tell you….these fish are big!

Sitting on the sidelines, beautiful Brown Pelicans like this chap, look on in amusement in the hope of also getting a cheap feed.

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Brown Pelican

On a technical note, “Jumping Tarpon” was taken by me hanging out over the side of the end of the pier, which is how I have got him at eye level.  At one stage, I was fearful that a tarpon would think I was a tasty morsel!   I used my Canon 50D camera with a 70-200 F2.8 lens at the following settings:  Aperture F5,6, shutter speed 1/1000 and ISO 400.

If you would like to see more of my images from Florida Keys, please visit the Florida Keys Gallery on www.getawayimages.com