Lake Wakatipu, Mount Creighton, Otago – New Zealand

Nature has a way of surprising us again and again when it comes to how rich and how very expansive it really is. You may think that you have a given place all figured out only to see it in a different light on a chillier day and realize that there was so much more to it than you previously thought.

This shot was taken after following an idyllic, but windy road that meanders peacefully along the edge of New Zealand’s picturesque Lake Wakatipu. It was a brisk spring night at the time and having never traveled this road before at that point, I had no idea what I would find at the end of it come morning, but I welcomed the chance to find out. As the next day’s newborn sun cast tendrils of blossoming dawn over the crystalline surface of the lake and the surrounding mountains, I was rewarded with a truly magical sight.

At the end of the road was the sleepy, idyllic town of Glenorchy, nestled like fairy’s treasure amidst the mountains and the rolling countryside. You’d never have known such a place would be found here, a little jewel of manmade charm in a natural setting that complimented it perfectly.


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