I spent a night at Flock Hill recently, aiming to get some nice images from that beautiful area. The weather was clear and very cold, winter seemed to have come early. I slept in the shearers’ quarters, shown here:
I usually have a double plug in my bag, but not this time. That was a pity. As I sleep with a CPAP machine, I had to chose between that or the heater. Luckily there were two heavy duvets, so I kept warm as the outside temperature dropped to -4 C.
Before dinner I wandered around the property, enjoying the evening light. The entrance is decorated with old farm machinery.
A truck went past, raising dust which added to this image of the poplars lining the entrance driveway:
The road to the west, towards Cass and Arthur’s Pass, spreads out into a huge, wide vista. I’m sure others have captured better light, but I still enjoyed being there.
Flock Hill Station has retained the old homestead, allowing it to come to its natural end, in its own good time. I thought it looked better in B&W
BTW – why is it called Flock Hill? Because from a distance, the limestone outcrops on a nearby hill look just like flocks of sheep. Here’s that hill, from Mt Cheeseman skifield taken the next morning:
So a brief but very enjoyable stay. Warm, friendly hosts, good food and interesting surroundings. I hope I get back there before too long!