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Panoramic photo by David Rowley EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 22:47, 22/04/2013 - Views loading...

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Castle Hill Boulders

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Photographers Notes:
We arrived in the area of Castle Hill the previous day to when this photo was taken, it was not exactly great photo weather, light grey clouds blanketed the sky and spits of rain where coming down. We made a quick tour around the area with no equipment to scope out the climbing and also to find a spot to take some panoramic photos. Back to the car we decided to get some lunch, this process always seems to take longer than expected... I’m really starting to think that my stove is some sort of time machine… During lunch we made some plans… Plan 1 was to abseil from the top of the highest boulder, plan 2 was to shoot a series of panoramic photos from various high points… Plan 2 would require some sort of climbing. By the time the time machine stove had finished cooking our lunch the weather had made a turn for the worse. Abseiling now didn’t quite look as fun and I seem to have developed some phobia for editing out water droplets that get onto my lens…. With both plans now on the back burner we looked for a plan to wait it out.
 The following day the weather was bright and sunny, the first time we’ve seen a complete blue sky for weeks! I had hoped for an early morning series of photos from this area but things all happened a bit later than planned. Here you can see first of the winter snows has fallen on the mountain tops. I’m glad it’s getting close to winter. I’m really looking forward to more blue sky with low sun, things just look so much better when the shadows are a bit longer.
I also got to make my abseil from the top of the highest boulder… But the only climbing that was done, was to get up the boulders for the panoramas.

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This is an overview of Polynesia

Forever has always existed.

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

The Earth came from the efforts of Old Spider, who soared over the endless sea and found a giant clam. She opened it and crawled inside, finding a snail there to share the space with her. She set the snail in the west and made it into the Moon to shed some light into the darkness. Together they raised up the top of the clam shell to make the sky, pushing it until it was wide open.

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.

Polynesia means "many islands" and when you see these pictures, you will want to visit all of them. To make it simple, the islands sit in a triangle described by connecting Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island.

There are over a thousand of these islands of surfer's paradise in the central and south Pacific Ocean. It's stunning. Look at the color of the water here! And the sunset... these speak for themselves. Could you be happy in this little house? How about some reef diving inside a lagoon?

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

Text by Steve Smith.

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