One of my favorite shots from last weeks holiday in New Plymouth is from Paritutu – a tall headland point to one side of the main township. Looking down, under a falling sun I captured this image of the old power station, and offshore island.
The power station, a natural gas/fuel oil station was opened in 1974, and decommissioned in 2008. Asbestos discovery was noted as one of the reasons for the closure (NZ has widely banned any new use of asbestos for several years now, and its often very costly to deal with in old homes etc).
Off shore was see Sugarloaf island. The remainder volcanic vent piece from an estimated 1.7 Million years ago. Now part of a protected Marine area.
Shot on the GRD, resized in Gimp.
Great shot! I have been up Paritutu before… unfortunitly Mt Taranaki was covered in cloud so I couldn’t get a descent photo of it!
Thanks! It is a great spot for capturing Taranaki (well, perhaps not with my GRD and 28mm) – but so often covered in cloud when I have been down there. I’ll have to try for an early morning climb with a longer lens next time I am down. seems to be less cloud before it warms up.
It looks stunning!! 🙂
Thanks. A great spot.
Steep little bugger that Paritutu, I remember climbing it as a child.
Starts off with a nice set of steps (possibly new in the last few years?)…then you hit the rock face and chain rail…