Much better today.
I even have some images that I quite like, so that can’t be all bad. As I alluded to in the previous post, I had that illness which kept me here in Queenstown while Mary went home alone (and subsequently succumbed to the same thing when she got there).
My daughter-in-law, Abbey kindly lent me her car, and since it was a picture perfect, flat-calm day I headed for Lake Hayes in search of some of its much photographed reflections.
While I was setting up at water’s edge for my first attempt, some odd-looking birds swam into view. Their prominent crests and splendid colour identifies them as the Australasian great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus australis). They frequently disappeared beneath the water for surprisingly long periods, and were generally too far out for me to see any signs of a catch. When they wanted to relocate, they didn’t fly, they just did a high-speed taxi. I would love to see more of them.
I made my panorama of the lake from a bit higher up on the Lake Hayes to Arrowtown road. That is Cecil Peak in the distance to the left of centre.
From there, I went up Speargrass Flats road to the picturesque Thurlby domain. I have shot there before but different season, different weather, so here we are again.
This place really speaks to me.
Finally, I had to pop into Queenstown to get some cash, and as I stood in line for the ATM, noticed one of the many paragliders getting close to the moon in the sky (where else would it be).
That’s enough for today.