Capturing the stars with Mōunga Taranaki

Mount Taranaki night star photo

Mount Taranaki night star photoMōunga Taranaki captured during Puanga/Matariki – Māori New Year, in Taranaki, Aotearoa – New Zealand. Captured 90 minutes before dawn on the riverbed of the Hangataahua awa – Stony River, Okato.

The magnificence of being in our taiao (natural world/environment) and seeing clear skies and millions of stars was absolutely awe inspiring and epic. I’m currently studying Te Reo Māori and we have been learning about Living By the Stars. This sparked my curiosity and motivation to learn how to photograph the stars .

The Māori word for a star is whetū. It was awe inspiring and completely breathtaking, during a very still period before dawn. The temperature was very chilly at just a few degrees celsius. I feel deeply connected to this river which is part of our Taranaki Iwi rohe (area/boundary). You will see so much more detail in the final artwork which shows glimpses of the water flowing in the foreground.

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