Took this photo on the 6th of this month, driving on the Crown Range Road back to Queenstown in search of a new tripod. I had been complaining about the (very expensive) piece of carbon fibre junk I’d brought with me almost since I bought it a couple of years ago. I didn’t break it on purpose, though if I had it wouldn’t have been a real surprise… There are no serious camera shops in Wanaka, so off we went to the big smoke.
I love and hate this road. It’s an hour of spectacular scenery, course mountain grasses, rock outcrops, snow-capped mountains. It’s a good, well maintained road, feels safe when the weather is fine, but we always seem to be there in the in between, and suddenly we are driving through clouds, past little landslides and landslips, on the edge of sheer cliffs. The last twenty minutes are the most perilous hairpin turns in the southern Hemisphere! My husband is not allowed to drive faster than 30k/hr there under threat of me screaming – I haven’t actually screamed, more the occasional shreik and gasp. He’s very obliging.
Hard to select the best of the 100 or so shots I took along the way… this one seems to capture all the key elements – and the sky was just magnificent that day – the clouds seemed to have floated in from outer space. I love the winter barren-bleakness. Usually the mountains are covered with snow at least halfway down, but not this year – the ski season still has not started. But it will, though I won’t be there.