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Fox River Canyon

Fox River Canyon
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-11
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-05 11:56
Viewed: 4611
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fox River is one of several rivers which flow through deep limestone gorges in the Paparoa National Park of the South Islands West Coast.
A few weeks ago I took my son on a kayaking expedition up to the Ballroom,a massive limestone overhang that has long been used as a camping spot by vistors.
Parts of the gorge near here are filled with giant limestone slabs and boulders,the remnants of a once massive cave passage.
There are still hundreds of caves around here,both explored and undiscovered....this is some seriously dense rainforest here.
The highest recorded annual rainfall on the coast is 18.4 metres,so,as you can imagine,floods are frequent and often unpredictable.
The gelogy here is fascinating too.
The streambed is full of coloured limestones and quartzes,with the occassional lump of coal,and fkales of silvery mica make all the sand and rocks sparkle like glitter.
The water is usually fresh and clear (except in flood) but can sometimes have a brownish tint from natural tannins.

I hope you like this glimpse of another of my favourite spots here on the coast.

Thanks for looking.

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Hello Steve,

Amazing place and excellent view of the canyon.
All-in-all a very beautiful View. Excellent note, seems you had a great time exploring the place.

Thanks for sharing,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-05 12:13]

Hi Steve,
Lovely landscape.I liked vide angel view,large DOF,framing and visual impact a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-05 12:34]

Hello Steve,
A superb view of what looks like a spectacular limestone landscape. I like the POV taken from the river bed to provide fine perspective and great composition.
The endemic wildlife here must be amazing and I thank you for sharing a glimpse into some of that.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-05 15:41]

Hi Steve,

I can see why this is one of your favorite spots! A magnificent scene with the trees on both sides of the water, the wonderful sky and clouds and the mountains in the distance. What makes it so rare to me are the stones in the river. A beautiful composition.


Hi dear Steve ,
Nice image with good compo.
Lovely place and like to be there.

Thanks for sharing my friend

A wonderful composition in the picture. I like the "V" of the valley. Very good colours. Good work.
Best wishes,

great shot and composition Steve. A wonderful image.


Hello Steve!
This habitat looks like full of tiger beetles! :>
Very nice landscape photo, I like especially composition. The rocky "gates" of canyon looks very nice. It would be nice to see such places in NZ some day :>
All the best from Poland,

Ciao Steve, fantastic landscape with splendid light and colors, excellent composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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