Looking south from Ben Lomond

After a few hours of walking we made it to the summit of Ben Lomond at 974 metres above sea level. This was the view looking back south, towards the town of Balloch and the direction we had walked from. Despite this happening in April there was still a few patches of snow on the ground, as you can see in the foreground. I typically don’t include people in my photographs. This was an exception as having a person in this photograph gives it scale. This is also my best friend makes the picture more special to me personally. It was surprising to see so many small islands on the loch. From the shores of Loch Lomond I had assumed there was three or four islands. Clearly not from this angle. The big island in the foreground is Inchonaig. The furthest away, on the right is Inchmurrin which points towards the Alexandra / Balloch area.

Cable Bay Vineyard

Cable Bay Vineyard

Vineyards are harder than I imagined to photograph. The contrast between the neat rows of green vines and the bright blue sky above made me have to select this photo for the website. I’m not that happy with it to be honest. Cable Bay is a lovely spot, especially on a sunny spring day like this. Still I wonder how to take a nice vineyard landscape photograph that I am happy with. Maybe a drone or helicopter flight would help.

Low cloud over South Waikato

Low cloud over South Waikato

Sometimes you need to pull over to the side of the road. Especially in New Zealand when you see a lookout sign. Even more so around dawn or dusk. This is an early morning landscape. Looking west towards Raglan from the Valley lookout on State Highway 23. I was driving over the hills east towards Hamilton. Then on to Matamata, the home of Hobbitan for the 8:30am first tour of the day. This meant an early start for the 90 minute drive from my Air BnB in Raglan. This landscape might turn out to be one of my favourites of the day. Certainly my best landscape of the Waikato area of New Zealand’s North Island.

Lake Rotomahana

This inlet on the shore of Lake Rotomahana makes the lake look small. It is under 4 miles long with a maximum width of 1.7 miles. It is the largest crater lake in the area. Before the 1886 eruption it was two smaller lakes. Walking along the shore of the lake I took many photographs. This was my favourite as I liked the reflection of the sky and trees in the foreground. What you don’t see in this image is the frogs. Despite not seeing them, I could hear them whilst taking this photograph.