Lupins by Lake Tekapo

Lupin flowers in front of a lake with snow capped mountains in the background.

Between November and February lupins bloom across the central South Island of New Zealand. This was my first time capturing them on the banks of Lake Tekapo. This rainbow palette of flowers attracts thousands of tourists to the area. It is said this was thanks to a farmer’s wide who thought the region could do with a bit more colour. Sadly these wildflowers are an invasive weed that has a negative effect on native plants, birds and other wildlife. I first remember seeing them growing on the side of Milford Road. In some areas there are thousands of these flowers carpeting the landscape.

Bowen Falls Milford Sound

Bowen Falls Milford Sound

One of the must see waterfalls in New Zealand. Bowen Falls has a massive height of 162 metres. It’s one of the first things you’ll see on a day cruise of Milford Sound. It’s just off the boat to the right at Cemetery Point.  Just out of the photograph to the right of this is Freshwater Basin where the cruise ships dock. Looking at the NZ Topo Map there appears to be a Bowen Falls Walk which maybe something to explore on my next trip to this area. You can also do a kayaking trip which I’m sure gets you much closer to the edge of the falls than I was here, stood on the deck of a cruise ship.

Mitre Peak Milford Sound

Mitre Peak Milford Sound

The reflection of Mitre Peak on the waters of Milford Sound are very spectacular in the morning. I’ve been here a few times now and it never gets boring. Photographs of this view were one of the main reason I chose to visit New Zealand back in 2012. It was at the end of that year I first visited Milford Sound. It was a clear blue sky day which was great. However on my most recent view there were a few clouds over the Southern Alps. I also got as low as I could to the waters edge and included a few of the round rocks to the left of the composition. I feel these decisions have all made for a much better photograph. Take a look at the Milford Sound photograph I took just over 10 years ago. Do you agree the above is an improvement?

Lake Matheson from Reflection Island

Famous for mirror views of Aoraki – Mount Cook Lake Matheson is a must stop for any landscape photographer travelling up or down the West Coast. Every time I’ve tried it’s been cloudy, raining or I’ve not had the time to walk around the lake. It only takes an hour or two at most. But that can be too much time for a stop on long 8-10 hour driving days on the West Coast. Shows I need to spend more time exploring on foot than driving past the beauty spots. You can’t actually see Aoraki – Mount Cook in this photograph due to the low cloud. Most of the Southern Alps are in cloud. Still I was keen to do the walk. My goal is to come back here in winter one clear evening. I’d love to photograph the Milky Way rising from behind the mountains. This is the view from Reflection Island which is more of a peninsula into the lake than an island.