After stopping at Lake Hayes just north east of Queenstown, it was quite by accident that we ended up the amazing Stoneridge Estate. Having wanted to visit a nice vineyard since I first came to New Zealand I couldn’t have picked a better one. They are mainly a wedding venue. In fact when we arrive there was a wedding happening in their small chapel. However we had a private wine tasting in a different building on the Estate. This old barrel was in the garden, which was beautiful.
Having photographed hundreds of flowers, in particular roses, I am often looking for something different. Some of the rose gardens around New Zealand have proved excellent for photo opportunities. Usually I tend to focus on bright or unusually coloured flowers. Here in the Wellington Botanic Garden I tried something different. The sun was shinning through gaps in the leaves of a tree. This caused the great lighting effect here. Showing parts of the flower lit up and parts in shadow.
Lavender has a great colour and fantastic smell in my opinion. Walking through Hamilton Gardens I came across this huge bed of the flowers. It must have been at least six to eight metres long. As a small flower, it is a challenge to photograph without a close up lens. Fortunately there were half a dozen very small white butterflies hovering around the flowers. Crouching low to the ground and zooming in I focused on one of these butterflies. Then fired off a few frames. Trying to capture it just above the flowers, to give the image a focal point.
Cascade Creek, on the drive down to Milford Sound is one of the best areas in New Zealand I have found for lupins. Hundreds of them line both banks of the creek. In this photograph I focused on a few large purple flowers illustrating the texture of the flower petals. At first I thought these for Fox Gloves. Clearly my knowledge of fauna and flora need to be improved.