July 29, 2013 … promise of better things to come

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.

Kids throwing rocks into the lake ... under supervision

Otis on the left, Drew on the right, son of a friend in the middle.

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.

Panorama of the Frankton Arm from Kelvin Heights

Deer Park Heights on the right

A closer look at the landscape looks around the shoulder of Queenstown Hill to Ben Lomond (1,748 m).

Ben Lomond out to the West of Queenstown

I think the suburb on the hill is Wakatipu Heights

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.

Lakeside view

The lakeside willows are stirring with the approach of spring

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.



About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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