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Mn the lads teasing us for sure, crikey that ground looks bloody good, I can`t recall running a coil over green grass that wasn`t at least 2ft tall, tough as nails and bloody wiry. Us grasshoppers must be patient no.............:wink:

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Pssst...Norvic, don't tell the lad what will happen in that patch when he finally puts on the 19 :ph34r: 

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Wow JW, that country side you detect is just stunning. I had to come home early last week because I couldn't handle the heat!

Cheers thanks for posting.

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Beautiful ground to detect and some nice gold for the day thanks for sharing JW

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Norvic,

He's just getting up to Hot.  Now he'll have to make another trip on these piles for 19!

JW likes to peel his onions rather than slice them.

Mitchel

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JW,

Did I mention that is a great write-up?  Well done hunting in the park.  There is some nice gold too.

Where are the coins and rings?  :wink:

Mitchel

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Hi guys, thanks for the comments & feedback. Yes...I am a bit spoilt with the ground cover in some places that I detect. But it isn't always like this. We are into spring & during the winter is the best time to detect when the grass growth is really stunted. That & the middle of summer if we have had a long hot dry spell of weather. Which is usual for Central Otago & the land is just parched & pretty barren of grass. Good for detecting. Not so good for the farmer.

If you click once on a picture & let it focus clear & then click again it will go full screen if you wish to see more detail. Enjoy. :smile:

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Even though it is dry in the below pic notice how the grass growth in the gully bottom. Those first two green briar rose bushes on the left I found a wee patch from them & up to the left on that slope.

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Central Otago has the lowest rainfall in New Zealand. Somewhere around 12-14 inches annually. A lot of the gullies are just dry with no running water....ever. Some may get a bit of snow melt this time of the year but other wise....bone dry. You will notice the grass has greened up a bit in the pics in the original post due to spring growth & in a couple of weeks will be quite a bit longer & not so detector friendly.  The gullies of course are always the worst for grass growth when conditions are good for growth. And in a lot of areas I detect it is the old gully workings I am in as that is where the gold was. It is all about the timing & if the sheep have been grazing or not to strike low grass growth in these gullies.

We do have our share of tiger country to though. So it isn't always peaches & cream.

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Some times so much so that you don't see the old timers prospect holes & you drive into them.

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I had a long walk out of here to get help as I couldn't get out un aided from this one. Not even in 4WD.

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There is gold out there.

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Some times you just have to do what you got to do to get that coil closer to the ground.

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Did it pay off....yes it did. Notice the turned over ground to the right & up. It is the same gully as where this original post was done. Just looking up hill of the gully.

I could go on & on but when I get kindly ground.....I make the most of it. Cheers all

Good luck out there

JW :smile:

 

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Crikey that is some magic country, thank you for sharing.

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