Back in August last year I was invited to a 4 day Conference at Millbrook in Queenstown. Quite exciting as this conference is by invitation only and travels around to different parts of NZ and Queenstown is one of the most beautiful parts of the country and only 5-6 hrs drive away!
So I organised to see a customer on the way down, he was at the halfway point and a good place to stop for lunch and took the car down (having organised some leave after the conference) all ready for adventures.
Did a lot of driving – 1500 km over the 7 day trip – 900 of it in three days. Man was I pleased to get home!
The weather was lovely, there was enough snow to be very scenic and I had a really good time even if I almost got stuck in a bog. So be prepared for a series of photos from my Queenstown trip to show up over the next week as I work through processing them.
The above shot is taken of the mountain range up behind Glenorchy which is a small settlement at the top end of Lake Wakatipu. I had a delicious bowl of chicken soup at a cafe on my way back to Queenstown and it was a pretty place. Cold in winter but I could see it would be delightful to swim in the lake in the middle of summer.
Image processed in LR5 and then processed further in Nik Color Efex to remove a colour cast, tone up the whites and a polarising filter to brighten up the sky a bit. I was there late morning and the sun had yet to burn off all the morning cloud so you see drifts of it still lingering.
This is the top end of Lake Wakatipu with all the peaks still cloud enshrouded, the lake a gorgeous green blue that you get with glacier fed lakes. The Queenstown – Glenorchy drive takes about an hour and is one of the prettiest drives I have had the pleasure of driving. Every corner has a new vista of stunning scenery. This was taken from a convenient lookout with room to park several cars, ideally placed for the best shots.
You can see the road meandering on in the distance on the right of the image, leading me on to more lovely scenery, of which I have many more photos to show you 🙂
I liked the first mountain pic so much I made it my new Blog Header, what do you think?