Plays with Light wrote:Really picturesque environment, a great place to get away from the house to unwind and play!
Sounds like you had a great day of it, Tim. Whilst I can't confess to being a car nut, a couple of the glam shots are quite captivating with those amazing backdrops!
Yeah, it's not a bad spot at all. There's a really diverse mix of bush and terrain throughout the park (even the soil type and construction varies greatly from hard clay, to loose humis, up to rocky slopes and ridges), normally with an abundance of wildflowers scattered about too. So there's always something to see. Normally too busy exploring to stop for pictures though! Oops!
GeoffM wrote:A great way to take time out, probably not very relaxing though!
It was for me this time - Nothing broke!
The ol' Zook's pretty heavily modified, so it can be a bit touch and go pushing a vehicle so far past it's design/engineering limits at times, but aside from a few false-alarms and easy fixes it's been pretty reliable over all (so far!).
Busiboy wrote:Need to remember to switch your lights on!
True! - I forgot...
- The LED lightbar creates a whole world of flare unless the camera's off to the side a fair amount though. Will get back up to get some proper "glamour" shots of my Zook and the Patrol featured here at some stage anyway. Planning some blue-hour long-exposure light-painted shots, maybe with a touch of flash if needed.
Busiboy wrote:Cool photos though, I'll have to search out some mud like that around here.
It's good fun for sure, but make sure you give a poke and prod first (unless you know the tracks you're on obviously). Check depth and whether the base is firm. Soft base will mean it's going to be slippery and you'll likely loose traction/drive. I've seen guys flood vehicles in bogholes that looked like nothing but big shallow puddles too (drove in not realising depth, got stuck in because of steep entry/exit, then the water has time to fill up around/inside the vehicle instead of being pushed around it). It's a massive job to clean out and smells pretty nasty too. Extended Diff and Gearbox breathers are a must too in really deep stuff, otherwise as the housings cool suddenly as they hit the water/mud, they try to draw in air to allow for the lubricating fluids contracting, but if the diffs/gearbox are submerged in muddy water - that's what it'll suck in. Does very nasty things to the internals of those components. I also like to know what's going on in advance because - let's just say - that Suzuki obviously thought weather sealing was largely unnecessary for the Sierra model range... Keep that bow wave going and it's all good though.
Hope I never get bogged halfway or I'm going to get wet fast!