Torchlight on Puketapu – Andy Davey
Galactic Core rising behind the McKenzie memorial on top of Puketapu, overlooking Palmerston, East Otago.
Spent many nights trying to get some cool shots up here. This one includes me on the top with a torch. The views are spectacular but the wind usually means some innovative solutions are required to steady the tripod. This shot was taken with the tripod bungeed to the bench, also took a star trail sequence with a nearby boulder I had to move to the correct position.
The tower itself is open to the public and provides excellent shelter from the coldest winds. It may be necessary to share the space with some nesting swallows. They may make you jump at first, but are generally hospitable hosts.
$750 (inc GST)