Lake Pearson was one of the smaller lakes I drove past on Arthur’s Pass at only about a mile long. It was right back the highway so couldn’t help but stop for this view. Here I was stood on the waters edge looking across Ritchies Bay towards Purple Hill. As with many of my lake landscapes, I walked along the shore until I came across a few small rocks, then got low to the ground to capture this photograph. The rocks break up the blue of the water and add to the picture in my opinion.
Mount Mauganui is a town in the Bay of Plenty. You can see the skyline of the town on the right of this photograph. The town is located on top of a sand bar that connected The Mount (on the left) to the mainland. This photograph was taken from Beach Road in Matua looking across the Tauranga Harbour. Sadly, I didn’t get chance to drive around the harbour and walk to the top of The Mount as the day this was taken, I was driving from Napier back to Auckland (about a six hour drive).
One of my favourite lakes in the South Island of New Zealand is Lake Tekapo. One look at the colour of the water (it is naturally like that) should tell you why. This photograph was taken back in January, from just outside the Lakeside youth hostel. Being taken in the middle of summer I was surprised to see some snow still on the mountains across the water. Even more surprising was going back a couple of months later and finding all the snow had completely melted away.
Large lakes can be a challenge to photograph without a point of interest like a boat. Without boats on the water, the image just looks like a sea of blue with mountains on the horizon. Crossing back to my hire car on the other side of Lake Terrace I spotted this couple on a beach. In my opinion, they add a much needed point of interest to the photograph. The mountains are Mount Tongariro and Ngauruhoe of the Tongariro National Park, over 20 miles away.