"One of the main reasons for visiting the Chathams in spring, was to try & find any of these native Chatham island Forget-Me-Nots flowering in the wild. I had seen an image years ago of them in bloom, complete with rocky foreshore & aqua sea behind it, it really captured my imagination. So despite the weather forecast looking very changeable & most likely very wet (dodgy), I crossed all fingers & toes & went ahead with the trip.
After an amazing couple of days spent on neighbouring Pitt island, I came across to Chatham & on the first morning, it started out quite grey & wet - there's that weather forecast! But, after a morning in the bush I headed to the north coast & upon investigating some Chatham Akeake trees on the beach, I took a wrong turn back to the car & stumbled across all these blooms, growing wild in the sand dunes. I couldn't believe it!
The beautiful big glossy leaves alone are something else, but to find them in perfect flower like this? It's fair to say I was pretty excited & this image was a lot more than I could have possibly hoped to capture."
Equipment: Phase One XF 100Mp Trichromatic Medium Format Camera + Schneider Kreuznach 35mm blue lens
Exposure: 1/80 sec @ f16 ISO 400
Location: Chatham Island