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?
Stood atop the Franz Josef Glacier this is the view of the Minarets Mountain range. I believe we might have landed on either the Geikie or Chamberlin Snowfield. Either way we are looking south east towards New Zealand’s Southern Alps mountain range. This photo is a reminder to also capture a few camera phone photos in important spots so you have the GPS location to look back on at a later date.
The Crown Range Road is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular drives. Taken from the Crown Range Summit in July (mid winter). At 1076 metres above sea level the pass is the highest sealed road in New Zealand. As you can see it had snowed recently. The carpark was a bit of an ice rink but at least the road had been cleared and salted. From here we are looking south west along the very twisty road towards Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. The snow topped mountain on the left is Ben Cruachan. Part of the Remarkables Skifield and mountain range.
Taken from the Crown Range Road Scenic Lookout. A couple of kilometres along the road from the summit. It’s a good place for some plane spotting. In the middle of the photograph you can see the short runway of Queenstown Airport. In the foreground is the twisting Kawarau River. At the end of the runway is Frankton and the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu with Queenstown behind. On this day we only went as far as Arrowtown which is off to the right, out of frame. Hopefully next time I’m in this area I’ll get back to Queenstown and the lake.