Central Otago is pure magic.
On the other hand, it can be torture from a photographic point of view. If you are going somewhere in a car with the family, it would be just unreasonable o ask them to stop every time I saw something I wanted to photograph. I did that just once yesterday as I wanted a representative shot to celebrate the lupin season. A quiet back road out of Arrowtown was the location of this very typical roadside cluster of Russel Lupins. They are classified officially as an aggressive weed by the Department of Conservation.We drove through the stunningly beautiful Kawarau Gorge with my twitching shutter finger under strict control and arrived at the home temporarily rented by my daughter-in-law’s brother and his family on the shores of Lake Dunstan in Cromwell.
As we came into the town we had noticed some lakeside activity. In the house, the activity revealed itself as the thunder of mighty engines.
The Lake Dunstan Powerboat club regatta was under way with racing hydroplanes dragging enormous “rooster tails” around the lake. Otis (three) didn’t like it at all … the noise was overwhelming.
While the racing was spectacular, the weekly market in Cromwell’s “old town” was doing great trade. Otis happily went with the ladies away from the noise.
Billie on the other hand was happy to watch the boats careering around the course.
It was an enjoyable day.