Marlborough Camera Club Field Trip………..Sunday 16 October 2016


On Sunday the 16th of October 2016, 18 Camera Club members enjoyed a field trip to Okaramio and Onamalutu.  We set off from town at and headed for Sandra and Jeff Sewell’s property, Jefferswood, at Okaramio. The Sewells have built their clay brick home and developed a stunning park-like garden over 19 years. There were sweeping lawns and innumerable exotic trees to be admired and photographed.  Luckily most of the trees were labelled, as many varieties were unknown to us.  The trees were either bursting into leaf or showing delicate catkins and buds.  The rhododendrons were particularly lovely in flower.  There was much to see and treasures to photograph.  The tui feeders with birds enjoying the sugar water were amazing.  We were very appreciative of the Sewells’ welcome and hospitality.  We would love to visit again in autumn when the trees are showing their autumnal colours and beauty.

Our group then drove to the Onamalutu Valley and headed for Prossers Clearing.  The Reserve was surrounded by enormous twisted and ancient old pine trees well worth protection. Within this special Reserve was an old crumbling but extremely photogenic cottage and cob out-building. The cottage was surrounded by bluebells in enchanting shades of blue of course and some of pink and white.  The cottage proved to be a treasure trove for us with fascinating detail to capture.  There was so much so that a carload of very keen members elected to remain behind to spend more time with their cameras. 

Our next stop was at the Onamalutu Reserve where, being hungry, we settled down for a picnic lunch.  Thereafter we disappeared into the remnant Kahikitea forest for yet more photography, from the enormous moss-covered towering trunks of the Kahikatea to ferns, the light playing on the bush foliage, wild orchids and water scenes.

It was a memorable day…. one of the happiest and most enjoyable field trips I have been on.  One of the nicest things was having so many newer members on the trip.  It was a good chance to get to know each other as well as sharing our knowledge of photography, cameras and gear.

Thank you to Ross and Chris Beech for organising the day.  They were splendid trip leaders and so informative!