Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Adventures Down Un-dah part 1
Yes, it was rainy but coming from late winter in Oregon, it felt simply balmy to us. Delightful. Every hill was dotted with white, wooly bodies.
I was surprised at how quiet the forest was. Took a long time to sink in. So few native birds and creatures, and the ones they do have are all up at night.
Above is taken from the party field where Gandalf lets off fire works. The director really had all the actors drinking beer during the filming, to be authentic, allbeit, only 1% alcohol. They had to have it specially brewed for the crew and you can still buy it on site. Soon the Green Dragon will be open for tours as a working pub and wedding location.
So did you have a think about what's not real in the village? The lichen was painted on all the hobbit houses and fences, made of paint, sawdust and glue, you can see in the close up shot. And the tree above Bilbo's home! It was taken from England, like all the plants, trees and herb. The tree was chopped into three pieces, and fashioned back together. Interns painted all the plastic leaves by hand and then glued them on. Scroll back up and have a look..... I'll wait...... and now all those leaves are coming off in the wind. I found one for my scrap book.
There are many touristy glow worm things you can pay to do, but we just did what the locals do and enjoyed a delightful night hike on the natural caves trail. We walked in the dark a much as possible. The glow worms are all around in the soil walls of the walk and look simply magical, like twinkly blue stars. And speaking of stars, nothing like the night skies of the southern hemisphere as viewed from this night time trail! We taught the kids to find the Southern Cross constellation.