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New Zealand: Two views of Lake Wakatipu and mountains on a cloudy afternoon

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One of the things that makes Queenstown so touristy (and so hard during the summer to find accommodations in and even to park in) is beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Here are two views from the eastern shore of the lake north of Queenstown on the overcast afternoon of February 21. Notice a few residual patches of ice in the mountains even in the warmest part of the year.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 15, 2017 at 4:58 AM

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  1. Very impressive. Your beautiful photos are stunning. Thanks for sharing.


    April 15, 2017 at 2:19 PM

  2. I have loved so much viewing all your NZ photos!
    You are lucky to visit this wonderful country again. I wish I will do so too – once (I was there for 3 months in 1996).
    It’s good to be back here – and be photo-blogging again 🙂


    April 15, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    • It’s great that you spent three months in New Zealand. I can understand how my recent pictures must have brought back memories from your stay there in 1996 and given you an incentive for a return visit. I hope it will be soon.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 15, 2017 at 10:07 PM

  3. Even though you don’t like white skies, these clouds are sufficiently varied and substantial to add a good bit of drama to the images. “Brooding” is the word that comes to mind.

    What strikes me is the color of the water, particularly in the second photo. If we had clouds like that here, the water would be dismal: dark and clouded. When I remember what New Zealand waters can look like in sunshine — so many blues, and crystalline — I suspect they resist being dimmed by clouds.


    April 16, 2017 at 6:40 AM

    • As much as I don’t like shooting up into skies that are wholly or mostly white, you’re right that the prominence of gray clouds not only kept the white from bothering me but also created a pleasing effect.

      In general the clouds that afternoon did keep the water in the lake looking dull, but in a few places I caught glimpses of the blue I longed for.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 16, 2017 at 6:55 AM

  4. A beautiful place to visit .. even on a cloudy day 😃


    April 17, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    • Yes, it was a great place to visit. For all the clouds, we were lucky to have relatively little rain on the trip.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 17, 2017 at 6:15 AM

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