Continuing the Otago Odyssey closer to home with rain, sun and some mountain modelling

Following on from my last post all about travels about Otago, when I got home the skies opened, and so in such events photographic opportunities abound.

Lake Wanaka got very high…
Lake Wanaka during heavy rain

My good friend Roger and I settle in for some dusk ’till dark time exposures, amid a rather nerve wracking electrical storm
Lake Wanaka during heavy rain

When the sun came out was a great time for a day trip up nearby Rob Roy Stream in Mt Aspiring National Park with a visiting friend Rianna, who besides being a very wise “old soul”, is a professional model…
Rob Roy Stream Mt Aspiring National Park

As a photographer it’s very handy having a trained model, so we agreed her fees for the day would be $1000, and mine as a photographer and guide would also be $1000 – an easy way to do business!

There is a lesson here in the benefits of looking after our skin [tip coconut oil and good nutrition]…
Rianna - Mt Aspiring National Park

Because there had been little spring snow melt before the big storm event mentioned above, the water was simply pouring out of the snow pack higher up for days afterwards. Here we have a unique example of how a waterfall in NZ can flow uphill when we get strong winds…
Rob Roy Stream Mt Aspiring National Park

This tree, as my friend Robb noted, simply “called us” to honour it in many ways including some challenging situation photography, but I’m glad I made the effort, both on site and during post production cropping/alignment perspective in PhotoShop…
Tree Rob Roy Stream Mt Aspiring National Park

Then the weather settled and it was time for the crazy annual Challenge Wanaka race that is turning into a monster of an event….
Challenge Wanaka

And then it started to really get hot, so grass is mowed everywhere to reduce the fire risk…
Roys Peak and Wanaka grass mowing

And it’s hardly rained since! Stay tuned… 🙂

About this Like Minds Blog Donald Lousley

Concepts on how New Zealand landscape photography and fine art can be used to stimulate our imaginations to make the world a better and more gentle place. With photos, and some words, we explore with nomadic tendencies and inherited wizardry, all that is New Zealand, and it did not all begin with Lord of the Rings! Cheers Donald Lousley donald@icommunicate.co.nz PS my work site iCommunicate and MacAssist:

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  3 comments for “Continuing the Otago Odyssey closer to home with rain, sun and some mountain modelling

  1. Deirdre
    February 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Loved seeing the old photos of you, Norrie and Alice. Norrie looks just as I remember him – hope that makes sense!!!
    The lake was certainly up – have seen other photos of that tree.
    Deirdre

  2. B
    February 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Miss that part of the world 🙁
    But the way you capture them; I can almost see it; but I think I would have loved to have been there to see the thunderstorm.

    So how high did it get; the lake I mean

    • Donald Lousley
      April 29, 2013 at 1:42 am

      Right to the edge of the grass by the shops Bindu, Cheers Donald

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