Going Up at Castle Hill in New Zealand
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Going Up at Castle Hill in New Zealand

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During our trip out to see Arthur's Pass on the South Island of New Zealand, we saw this beautiful cliff of rocks known as Castle Hill.  It's a collection of large boulders just sitting on top of the rolling hills in a valley that serves as pastures for cows and sheep.  Castle Hill is a landmark of note right off the main highway and there's a convenient parking lot for stopping and taking a nice walk. 

Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day.  But, there was a bit of sun when we first got there and it shows off the rocks nicely here. This one was taken while climbing up the cliffs to the tops of the main rocks.  I took this one hand-held (no tripod), but it managed to stitch pretty nicely - except for some fuzziness at the rock at the top above you and small bit at the feet.  This photo really shows you the boulders towering over you and captures the feeling of their majesty.

I took these in February of 2011, and just realized, two years later, I had not published the panoramas.  We had a good time climbing the rocks.  I went here a second time with a friend, on our way to do some backpacking.  But, didn't take my 360 gear.

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In the mythology of Oceanic peoples, it's been there along with Darkness and the Sea.

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Then they pushed the bottom half of the clam shell in the other direction to make the ground. The earth was called Papa and the sky Ranga. These are the two first beings who created all the flowers, plants, trees and animals on the islands, and fish in the sea.

They celebrated all their open space by making as many beautiful creatures as they could imagine, but they still remained separated by the work of the original Old Spider. Each night, Ranga weeps for his beloved Papa earth, and this is where the morning dew comes from.

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Put this one in full screen and don't come back. Love, 360.

Text by Steve Smith.

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