I was fascinated watching the First Crossings programme last night, following the journey of Charles Brunner and his Maori guide, Kehu.We live near the source of the Buller river,where it leaves Lake Rotoiti - one of my favorite painting spots. The Buller is a big river with a huge catchment area - it can rise rapidly and is an awe inspiring sight when it's in flood. To consider attempting travelling down it's banks with very little food and equipment, in West Coast rain , was a mind boggling undertaking. But they did make it eventually...then turned around and came back! This is a painting I did on a benign summers day, when the river was quite low and friendly - a huge contrast to the threatening monster that those two faced.
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