New Zealand Part II: Making Totems in the Clouds


Mathilde:

I took this picture on a peak called Alex Knob. Alex Knob is hard. It took 4 hours to get up. So in total I was up and down Alex Knob for 8 hours. To say that it had been a while since I had had such a long session is pretty accurate so I was pretty sore by the end. These guys were definitely faster than I was but their celebration when reaching the top is exactly how I felt.

Beckie:

*giggling uncontrollably on receipt of Mathilde’s message*

Mathilde:

Sexual innuendo aside, this day was extraordinary. Behind these guys is the Frank Josef Glacier and on the other side you could see the sea. I also discovered the power of a team when you hike because my co-hikers Aidan and Amrei definitely got me up there.

Beckie:


Watercolour & gouache on A4 cold-pressed watercolour paper. I have decided to treat this painting as a draft, as I now intend to do a much larger piece, incorporating if I can some of the second photograph that Mathilde provided of the view over the glacier to the sea. I decided to use a little bit of artistic license here, adding the birds soaring above, which was my immediate thought on seeing the photograph. I could picture myself in the pink hat with my arms stretched out, feeling the closest to being a bird flying above the mountains possible, whilst simultaneously feeling so small and yet so proud to have made it.



Next post: Meeting the locals in New Zealand Part III

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