Waterfall at Tunnel Beach
Sunshine On The Pier
The Queenstown Tree
Nugget Point Lighthouse
Florence Hill Lookout
Lake Te Anau
Waterfall at Tunnel BeachWater falls from the cliffs onto the sand of this stunning beach outside of Dunedin, New Zealand, on the Otago Peninsula.
Sunshine On The PierI got this shot just as the sun went down and spread its golden light over the New Brighton Pier in Christchurch, New Zealand. The bridge was undergoing repairs due to the devastating earthquakes of 2011.
Queenstown DockMy walks around Queenstown provided a tranquil time of thought and meditation. This was one of my favorite places to sit and wonder.
The Queenstown TreeNorth of Queenstown there is a famous tree called "The Wanaka Tree". It is the most photographed tree in New Zealand. I found it underwhelming, and went searching for my own. I followed the path, searching for subjects, until I found this gem.
Purakaunui FallsThe Purakaunui Falls are a wonder of The Catlins in Southern New Zealand. It is also the most photographed waterfall in New Zealand, so this is my attempt to capture my memory of it.
Waipohatu FallsDeep in the Catlins jungle, at the south-eastern tip of New Zealand, lies this hidden gem. Waipohatu is not the easiest waterfall to get to in New Zealand. You will be wet and muddy by the time you make it out the other side, but every steep step will be worth it.
Tunnel BeachA haven outside of Dunedin, this beautiful wonder seems to pop out of nowhere. After parking in the nearby car park, I walked down the forty-five degree path to this beach, wondering if I would ever get back up. The hike was worth it, as I found so many compositions in this small area.
Nugget Point LighthouseThe famous stone nuggets, overlooked by an old lighthouse with many stories to tell. Getting this photo was one of the closest encounters I've ever had with death, as I had to climb up a thin, slippery "path" in the dark with a sheer fatal drop on one side and a long, painful fall on the other.
Pukaki WatchmanA lone tree watches over Lake Pukaki as the hot sun melts the snow on the mountains.
Florence Hill LookoutSunset at Florence Hill Lookout lit up the caps of the waves and streaked the sky with color.
Hillview PastureThe rolling green pastures of New Zealand are nestled between sharp, snow-capped mountains and the the rough, blue sea. The landscape in the small country changes drastically over such little distance.
Blue BouldersI waited through the rain and cold wind, hoping for a sunset shot with these strange cracked eggs called the Moeraki Boulders, but it never came. But this made the blue sky last quite a while, and I was able to get an image.
Bushy BeachI came to this beach the first evening to get a photo at sunset. There were about 50 people crowded along the observation deck, waiting to see penguins come in from the sea. We saw 2 fur seals, but no penguins. One by one the others left. As the sun went down I realized I probably wouldn't get the shot I wanted, but still I waited, because patience had paid off for me many times before. The sun was almost completely hidden behind the cliffs by the time the last group left, wishing me luck as they went. About 15 seconds after they walked away, a Yellow-Eyed Penguin strutted onto the beach. He stood there, looking at me, as if to say "Patience pays," for only a couple of minutes before walking back into the bush. I had to go back the next morning for sunrise to get this shot.
Lake TekapoAn orange weeping tree slouches beside Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand.
Elephant RocksThe Elephant Rocks are massive boulders, seemingly placed on the rolling green hills of New Zealand by ancient giants.
Curio BaySunrise at Curio Bay in The Catlins. Curio Bay is an ancient petrified forest, about 180 million years old! If you look closely at the rocky floor you can make out the shapes of tree trunks, branches, and leaves. After I captured this image I was packing up my gear when I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. It looked like a large bird jumping up and down. I walked closer to check it out and saw a penguin waddle across the rocks and jump into the sea to look for its breakfast.
Hollyford ValleyAlong the road to the Milford Sound is a windy valley called Hollyford Valley. I pulled over the car and set up the tripod to get some snaps of this moody landscape.
Lake Te AnauA cozy place to stay to cut down the drive time to Milford Sound, Te Anau is a quaint and quiet town where lazy strolls are the only thing on one's mind.
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