Even on a cloudy day, Lake Tekapo's brilliant shades of blue are caused by "rock flour" - finely ground particles of rock from the glaciers at the head of the lake and suspended in the melt water. The treeline is comprised of Monterey Pines which were imported during the gold rush. We learned that New Zealand imposes water rationing on its residents, however, the country relies heavily on hydroelectricity.
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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand.
This is as close to the stars as you can get with your feet planted on the ground. This is Lake Tekapo.
Originally we were only going to do one night of star gazing at Lake Tekapo. That turned into two nights, then three, then four. In the end it would have felt strange to try and go to bed without first stepping out into the cold glacial waters of the lake to watch the stars bounce off the surface of the water.
We visited in Late September, and it felt like we had the entire universe to ourselves when we went hiking in the badlands. I probably think about this place more than anywhere else on earth I've ever been. I plan on launching Starship Tekapo again someday.
Geek Note: This is a single exposure. My shutter was open for 650 seconds (and the camera needed another 650 seconds to cool down afterwards).
Having just returned from one of New Zealand's more glorious lakes I just had to share the view that greeted us every morning. Deep red reflections, warmly hued rocks and parting clouds signalled that yet another stunning South Island day was on its way.