Colin Morris takes us to New Zealand: Part One

My cousin Colin Morris is a brilliant photographer and you have seen many posts featuring his works. Recently, with other members of the Camberwell Camera Club, he visited New Zealand - the land across the ditch! We love our near relatives but believe me we love their stunning country even more. Here is a showcasing of some scenes shot with Colin's skill using a Fuji XT 5 with a stock 18-55 mm lens and a wide angle lens which is 8-16mm.
Photo: Colin Morris

Lake Wakatipu, nestled in the South Island of New Zealand, is renowned for its stunning beauty and unique Z-shaped form which Colin has captured stunningly.

This glacier-carved lake stretches approximately 80 kilometers, making it New Zealand's longest lake. Surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps, including the iconic Remarkables mountain range, Lake Wakatipu is a hub for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, boating and photography.

The lake's deep blue waters and picturesque setting have made it a popular destination for tourists, especially those visiting the nearby resort town of Queenstown. Additionally, the lake is known for its rhythmic "seiche," a natural phenomenon causing the water level to rise and fall every 25 minutes.1

Photo: Colin Morris

And below is another angle captured by Colin of this glorious lake in a remarkable setting.

Photo: Colin Morris

I am sure you are being blown away by these stunning images ...none more so than the mirror images on Lake Moke and Lake Ruataniwha as shown below.

Photo: Colin Morris

Lake Moke, located near Queenstown in New Zealand's South Island, is a small, serene lake known for its tranquil beauty and reflective waters as seen above in Colin's photo.

Nestled in a glacial valley and surrounded by rolling hills and tussock grasslands, Lake Moke offers a peaceful retreat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The lake is part of the Moke Lake Conservation Area, providing ample opportunities for activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping.

The Moke Lake Loop Track, a popular hiking route, offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding landscape, making it a favorite spot for photographers and those seeking a scenic escape from the bustling town of Queenstown.1

Photo: Colin Morris

Lake Ruataniwha as shown above is situated in the Mackenzie Basin near the town of Twizel. A man-made lake it is renowned for its clear turquoise waters and excellent recreational facilities.

Created in the 1970s as part of the Waitaki hydroelectric project, the lake has become a prominent venue for rowing, kayaking, and other water sports. It regularly hosts national and international rowing competitions, drawing athletes and spectators from around the world.

The lake's picturesque setting is a photographer's joy ... with views of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook it is a popular destination for picnicking, swimming, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.1

Photo: Colin Morris

Lake Kirkpatrick, located in New Zealand's South Island, is a small yet picturesque lake nestled in the rugged landscapes of Otago. In the reflective image above Colin has chosen to emphasise the dominance of the mountains over the water.

Positioned near the famed Routeburn Track and just a short drive from Queenstown, this tranquil lake offers a serene escape amidst the region's dramatic alpine scenery. Surrounded by lush native forests and towering mountains, Lake Kirkpatrick provides a perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts seeking hiking, fishing, or simply enjoying the natural beauty it offers.

Its clear waters reflect the stunning surroundings, making it a popular spot for photographers and nature lovers alike. The lake's peaceful ambiance and relatively untouched environment underscore the pristine allure of New Zealand's natural landscapes.1

Colin Morris explains the background to the trip:

The New Zealand trip came about by one of the Camberwell Camera Club members asking Paul Hoelen if he could organise a New Zealand trip - we had done one to Tasmania with him the year before. Paul accepted and set up the New Zealand trip using the very capable Rachel Gillespie who is a photographic tour organiser. We were also accompanied by a driver called Dick Turpin who we expected to arrive on a horse and be carrying a gun!!

They shuffled us around the south island to all the best places at the best time for the photographs we took. They were also a great help to those who needed some photographic tuition.

I will leave you today with a shot of Mt Cook but tomorrow I have some more highlights from Colin's visit to New Zealand.

Photo: Colin Morris

1. ChatGPT with instruction from Anne Newman

© Thank you to Colin Morris who kindly gave permission for the images of his work to be shared on AnArt4Life.