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.
Apparently this is some other form of Dahlia.
I promise I’ll be more verbose in the immediate future, but I’m tired and it’s a flower.
This is one of the Wharf’s at Walter peak. I frequently say “the wharf” but there are actually two right near each other, this is the smaller of the two, but otherwise they are quite similar.
Again Queenstown is visible on the far shore, this time on the right.
This panorama of Lake Wakatipu was taken from the beach at Walter Peak.
It clouded over a bit as duck approached, but the weather otherwise remained pleasant and I rather like the look of the clouds.
You can see Queenstown center left on the far shore.
This is out at the end of the Walter peak wharf, they’ve used some piping to make guard rails. Over time the open pipe ends have filled with dirt and now this guy is growing in on of them.
In hindsight I think this could do with a more liberal application of selective focus so the background is noticeably out of focus like in the Dahlia photos. That’s actually kinda difficult on a compact due to the small size of the aperture mechanism. And it isn’t helped by my current camera not having priority modes, that will definitely be rectified on the next camera.
I really like the coloration of the flower petals in this one.
Flowers are great for photography, they look good with lots of bright and contrasting colors and they aren’t inclined to move around.
The flower gardens at Walter peak aren’t extensive, but they are quite picturesque. I mentioned earlier that we like to skip the farm demonstration in favor of wandering the grounds, this trip I spent some of that time playing with the camera and that’s when the current bunch of photos were taken.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that it’s a bad farm demonstration, indeed as far as I can tell it’s quite good, certainly the asian tourists seem to enjoy themselves. But as a Southland boy it’s hard not to view the entire exercise as fake and patronizing, so I avoid it.
What can I say, Andrea likes cats and I won’t let her have pets as long as we live in an inner city area. It just doesn’t fit with my notions of responsibility, cats need space to roam and that just isn’t safe in an inner city area.
This particular kitty lives at Walter Peak and was quite friendly.