This was taken around the same time as the panorama I just posted.
What can I say… I’m a sucker for lights reflected on water.
The mast on the Americas Cup yacht is much more visible in this take.
P.S. sorry about the lack of updates yesterday, I didn’t get home until like 3am.
This is the Wharf area that adjoins the end of the beach. The other end of the beach joins into the gardens.
On the left is the Kawarau jet wharf. The hut on that wharf is actually the top of a submerged observation gallery, it’s to miss and most people don’t even seem to know it exists, but I strongly recommend you check it out next time you are in Queenstown.
The wharfs on the right are home to a number of lake based tourist operators. Most notable among these is the Americas cup yacht, you can see it’s tall mast center right.
This pano sequence was quite challenging, I didn’t have my tripod with me so it was shot free hand. Without a tripod a shot like this becomes a balancing act between high ISO noise and long exposure motion blur. Add to that the need to take a half dozen photos in a row while being very careful about rotating the camera around it’s nodal point and not other wise moving it and it becomes quite tricky indeed. Fortunately there is a good solid wall along this section of the water front that I was able to brace against. All in all I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
This was taken about 10 minutes after the previous shot. I like the way the light is shining across Walter peak.
One evening after dinner we sat on the Queenstown beach and watched the sunset. The sun itself actually does down behind Bob peak and so isn’t visible from Queenstown, but the evening light over the lake is still very beautiful.
The peak on the far left here is Cecil and the one center left is Walter.
The really observant will spot a small puff of smoke just right of center at the water line on the far side of the lake. That’s the Earnslaw just commencing it’s return trip from Walter peak station.
P.S. it’s not a stitched panorama, I just cropped it into a wide frame.
This hangs on the wall in the Speights ale house in Queenstown. I think it’s hilarious, trying to swing a local election by bribing voters with free beer is one thing, but trying to write said beer off as a legitimate expense on your tax filing takes it to a whole new level.
Being a tourist destination Queenstown has a number of shops targeted exclusively at tourists. If you have a bit of time to kill it can be amusing to wander in and check out all the strange and random stuff tourists will buy. I really don’t get what the thought pattern is with most of this stuff. Not only random and weird it’s virtually always useless, overpriced and tacky, but it still sells.
Adjacent to the Speargrass Flat area is Lake Hayes.
It’s a pleasant and quite little place to stop for a picnic or a wander along the lake shore.
This is the view of the end of the Remarkables Ranges across Lake Hayes.
The photo was taken in the evening which is why the lighting has an odd quality to it.
One of the other random things we like to do while around Queenstown is going driving through the back roads in the Speargrass Flat area between Queenstown and Arrowtown.
The area is full of small rural properties with a moderate number of small art galleries, but generally we are just there for the drive.
The Remarkables Ranges, aka Mordor. Next year I’ll try and arrange things so I can get a photo of them with a snow cap.
This is not a crop of the last photo. It is actually a separate pano sweep done under high zoom, so it’s a lot more detailed than the same section of the last image.
I think I might put this in the banner rotation.
P.S. both these photos are stunning fullscreen, so stunning in fact that I’m going to make the other one my new desktop.
This is the view from the skyline restaurant on Bob peak at the top of the Queenstown gondola.
Center front of course is Queenstown. The town center is at the left of the bay. The gardens are the green headland that lies along the far side of the bay.
The big hill to the left is Queenstown hill. This is the hill we walked up earlier, the Basket of Dreams is just above the tree line.
In the center in the distance is the Remakables Ranges and the mountain to the right is Cecil Peak.