September 28, 2012 … mountains and streams

Until yesterday, I had never heard of Lake Dispute.

Now that I have caught a glimpse of it from high on a walkway, I am  not especially overwhelmed. Not by the lake itself, anyway. The walkway, on the other hand, was a delight.

My son, Andrew, with his son Otis in the backpack, led the way across the bridge over the tumbling waters of Twelve Mile Creek and then uphill.Twelve mile creek

By way of showing consideration for his elders, he led us on the loop walk, choosing to take the more gradual slope first. I am so pleased he did. He is very fit, and even with a sturdy two-year-old on his back, was striding up the track, and waiting until I appeared, gasping, around the bend behind him.Andrew and Otis on the trail

As we climbed away from the start, we  got increasingly better views of snow-covered peaks, of which the nearest and largest was Mt. Crichton. Clumps of cloud drifted around its peak. Birds sang in the surrounding bush, but didn’t show themselves much. I think I caught a bellbird, briefly. Alas, the image was too small to be useful. Mt Crichton

At one point, Andrew said “that’s pretty much the end of the climb”. He lied. The track peaked about 500 feet higher. When tackled on this discrepancy, his excuse was that it was a motivational strategy. He lied.

From the overlook, the view back towards glassy calm lake Wakatipu across the headwaters of Lake Dispute and some farmland was very attractive.Lake Wakatipu beyond the headwaters of Lake Dispute

We walked on, over the real high point in the track, and then downhill, coming eventually to a historic stone hut, erected by Bill  Summers in the 1930s and used by his son Bill as a home and the base from which he prospected for gold for many years.

A little later, we took a diversion through a narrow tail race, designed to channel the surplus water from a nearby gold sluicing operation. The channel was just a little wider than my shoulders, and went for about 24 wet dripping metres through solid rock 10 metres high. Amazing work considering it was cut by hand.Gold sluicing tailrace near Sam Summers' Hut

The downhill bit from there was very steep, and perhaps it was better to have come up the other side.

We got back to Queenstown in time for a truly superb steak lunch at Ivy and Lola’s restaurant on the waterfront beside the Earnslaw.

The rest of the day was essentially family time, but as it came to an end, the sky cleared, the moon rose over the Remarkables and I thought it might make a good note on which to end.Moon over the Remarkables

On the other hand you might look at that bland hillside and ask what’s so remarkable about the Remarkables? Well the picture above is a semi-civilized shoulder of the range. The real mountains look more like this: Remarkable Range

Note to self: eat less, walk more.

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About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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3 Responses to September 28, 2012 … mountains and streams

  1. Sally Wallis says:

    Please keep the pictures from Queenstown coming, everyone so far brings back wonderful memories of a lovely part of the South Island. The walk you did with your son sounded and looked very interesting. I enjoyed the the ones with birds and waterfowl, but these from Queenstown are the best in my eyes. Keep them coming!!
    Sally and “Chico” from Ottawa Canada.

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