We were up early to catch the golden light of the morning, breafkasted and into the van to explore our surroundings. The first stop was Scotts Beach at Lake Hawea. We parked the van at the top of the road and this is our first view of the lake.
The weather was packing up and the lighting conditions not brilliant but we did what we could.
Graduated Orange filter - loved how this brought out the greens and yellow on the hills.
I climbed back up the hill and found a rock and sat down and drank in the view. I ended up taking a couple more shots...
This is the Rosehip from the Briar Roses growing wild all over this area. People used to collect the rosehips to make syrup which was full of Vitamin C. Shame they don't still do that.
This gives you an idea what we were photographing in - paradise!!
The weather was super crap all afternoon so we headed back to the back at Lake Hawea for an afternoon nap which I badly needed as it had been a huge day the day before. We then put our photos on the computer, grabbed something to eat, then headed back to Lake Wanaka to the famous tree in the lake. This is THE most photographed tree in New Zealand. I took about 80 images of this tree alone in different positions, using different filters and different camera settings. I can't choose which one is best so I'm putting up a smattering here. If you could tell me which is your favourite please do. Please also note that when we first started photographing the tree, only ONE shag was there. That then became two, and finally three. We started calling them the three Stooges for some reason... I've numbered them so it's easier for you to tell me which one you like best... Don't for get you can click on any image in here to view it larger.
And so completes day 3 of our trip down south, 5 more days to go and lots more images!!!