Monday, 18 May 2015

Twizel - Ohau C Canal...

 The big bit of blue is Lake Benmore where Ohau C canal
runs out after going through two power stations
and passing another salmon farm.

 It's 12km further along the canals from Ohau B...
The network of canals is quite confusing, I needed to
refer to maps all the time. Everything is flat and long
and more or less straight...

 Here I am parked at Ohau C... I spent most of two days here...
Beautiful days in the sun with no wind...

 The beautiful snowy mountains and Mt Cook
beside me - about 50km away...

 This is the power station dam. The grating in the middle
section is where the water runs through with an incredible 
current when it's turned on. Either side of the grates and 
up and down the sides of the canal were all popular
places to fish. It was the weekend so lots of 
people came and went.

 The scenery is just stunning...

 The stillness created amazing reflections...
I came back here briefly on Monday morning. It was a howling
warm nor-west wind and a totally different place. The water was
whipped into churning waves. Forget fishing, the rod just about
blew out of my hands!

 The top of the power station dam... Fishing both ends of 
the right hand side. When a salmon was caught the fisher person
needed to walk along to the end and down onto the
canal bank to bring the salmon into the edge to be netted.
Quite a skill. I didn't catch one so haven't tried that yet!

 Looking over the top of the huge water pipes to the end
of the canal where it flows into  Lake Benmore - the
yellow trees on the right hand side is a camping area
where I spent the night.

 The power station from the lower side, photo taken
the next morning...

 My first day at Ohau C ended with more beautiful reflections
as the evening shadows gathered...

And a gentle sunset... Time to go and park for the night.

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