Yesterday, a gateway opened to another dimension.
Here in Queenstown, it was suddenly spring. With my son and his family, I was a guest at a friend’s barbecue at a house in Kelvin Heights, close to the golf course. This is the area that you can see on the other side of the lake from the Skyline if you are in Queenstown. The temperature was a very mild 16°C … warm enough that people were removing jackets and jerseys and were comfortable in tee shirts. In fact the kids went down to the lake edge and were paddling in the water of Lake Wakatipu which is chilly even in Summer.
The house has a wonderful location, so the first thing I did was try for a panorama of the lake. Mindful of airline baggage restrictions, I left my tripod at home when I came down, so this is a stitch of about eight hand-held shots.
A closer look at the landscape looks around the shoulder of Queenstown Hill to Ben Lomond (1,748 m).
It is hard to go anywhere in Queenstown without finding some aspect of the landscape worth looking at. In the warmth of the afternoon, made more pleasant by excellent home-made venison sausages and a truly superb Schist Stone Pinot Noir (from Cromwell) I liked this last scene looking North along the lake shore.
Today, the weather has returned to a grey overcast, and I hear that the earthquakes have resumed in Wellington.
I shall find a way to enjoy myself nevertheless.