Wellington Marina at dawn

Wellington Marina at dawn

Wellington has a couple of marina’s for yachts. This was taken just before dawn in front of Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand. Looking east towards the lovely apartments of Clyde Quay Wharf on the left and 22 Herd Street on the right. In the background is Mount Victoria. Surprisingly this was a taken on my phone and not at all planned. I had decided to go for a short walk around the waterfront rather than going to the gym. Often a harbours water is much stiller in the morning than the evening. 

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.

Kura Moana by Lisa Reihana

As part of the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of The Artist this huge sculpture came to the Whairepo Lagoon on Wellington’s waterfront. This giant octopus – Te Wheke-a-Muturangi was chased by Kupe across the Pacific Ocean, so the story goes. In the words of the artist themselves:

“Kura Moana focuses on Te Moananui a-Kiwa, the great ocean, and its role as connector between Aotearoa and across all the Pacific nations. I have created a series of installations that invite families and communities to discover iconic locations on the Wellington waterfront in new ways, to think about some of the local histories and stories that relate to this place. It’s about travellers, those who dared to traverse the Pacific, people who seek something new, another life. Kura Moana is a treasure hunt across the waterfront and I’m hoping that kids will go on a journey to discover the different installations – there’s music, song, playful inflatable sculptures and an augmented reality experience. I can’t wait to bring this art experience to Pōneke.”— Lisa Reihana, Artist in Focus

This is one of the best sculptures I’ve seen in Wellington. I only wish I had stayed a little longer to see the sculpture lit up at night.