Friday of last week we were parked up at Lake Pukaki. It is an extraordinary landscape. And waterscape? Mt Cook and the other biggies up the lake. The Ben Ohau Range across the lake. Assorted hills off to the east. With the winter sun; low and weak. And the light changing by the minute. It was a day-long show. Not just for us but we appreciated it as if it was.
The first photo was kind of accidental. I’d staggered out into the cold just as the sunrise was at its most spectacular. Only to discover the camera battery was flat. As I was stumbling back to Suzi motorhome to get my spare one, I realised there was a frozen boggy puddle which would provide a much better foreground for my photo. Which it did, more than compensating for the lost few minutes. Funny how things work out.
Summer light in the middle of the day is impossible. Not so winter. The sun is never too high and unflattering.
In the middle of the afternoon we felt a walk would be a good idea. So we walked the kilometre over to the visitor centre on the dam where all the buses stop. And enjoyed the different views from there. Similar but not the same.
Then before it got too cold we walked back to Suzi motorhome and watched the evening light. No dramatic sunset. More of a slow gray fade to darkness.
I’d welcome constructive comments on the photos above. It’d be good to get any ideas for improvement and also nice to know which ones you like the best. Feel free to leave comments below. Thanks.