In the previous blog, I lamented how I could not find any information about the Historic Red Bridge. Fortunately a friend of mine, Dave Gibb, has far superior googling skills than I, and managed to find a snippet of information about the bridge...
The Luggate 'Grandview Bridge' is a local icon listed highly in the Queenstown Lakes District Council's Historic Register. It was opened on October 28, 1915, and has been described as "one of the most attractively proportioned steel truss road bridges in the country." It is 103.7 metres long, and features a 61 metre Baltimore through truss, another 30.5m truss and a 12.2m rolled steel joist end span.
I bow to Dave's Superior Googling! It might be that he's a South Islander and knew more than to just google 'Red Bridge near Hawea'. I believe he actually put in the word Luggate, which I would never have known. I guess I'm not a true mainlander yet, but I do believe I'm getting there!
Anyway, our next stop was the Lupin field at Bridge 2360 on the Lindis Pass. We had seen it on our way down, and we memorised the bridge, with the intention to spend an hour photographing in this field. We arrived about ten, knowing that this was about the right time or else everything would have been in shade. This is view that you can see from the road - you can see in the distance the amount of Lupins growing there... Like a river of them..
But I digress. A short walk down that lane, past the gate, and this is what greeted us. Looking south...
Just a mass of colour everywhere in various shades of blues, purples, pinks and whites. It was heaen. Lupins must be pretty hardy as they had even taken hold in the middle of the river. The river was elevated though because of the rain.
The sun came out briefly with a touch of mottled blue sky, which was nice after all the rain.
Of course we had to do the posing shots as well. Here's Emily smelling the Lupins. Not sure if there's a scent or not, I wasn't overwhelmed by scent while we were there, so perhaps not. I was too busy using the camera anyway.
I recently downloaded Topaz Labs and am enjoying playing with the images in that program. This is one shot I love, which I then overlaid it with the original to get the slight difference. Which one do you like best? I prefer the top, but that's just me!