Wednesday Wallpaper | 4 July

July 4th, 2012 at 9:34 am by Todd Sisson
Sunset Reflection Lake Matheson & The Southern Alps New Zealand

Sunset Reflection From Lake Matheson, Westland New Zealand

Welcome to the – your midweek, scenic seque towards Chthoniid‘s wonderful Friday Photo.

Each week Sarah or I will be sharing an image from our New Zealand photography portfolio.  Each photo will be available for free download as a high resolution (2048px) wallpaper image – suitable for the new iPad or your PC desktop.

First up is Lake Matheson at sunset, truly one of New Zealand’s most stunning vistas.  This image was made from Reflection Island on the Matheson walkway on a summer’s evening.  The afternoon breeze dropped off, as it often does, right on sunset revealing this mirror reflection of the Southern Alps.

You can download the wallpaper here

Thanks to David for this opportunity to share a little of our country’s beauty with the Kiwiblog audience. Enjoy!

Cheers – Todd Sisson

 

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14 Responses to “Wednesday Wallpaper | 4 July”

  1. helmet (807 comments) says:

    nice pic but everyone’s got a lake matheson reflection photo. Too easy.

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  2. RRM (9,435 comments) says:

    Beautiful. It’s never been that flat whenever I’ve been there…

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  3. Todd Sisson (48 comments) says:

    hehe @helmet – you are not wrong – I thought I’d go easy on you guys first up – next week I’ll dish up something more challenging!

    @RRM – yes, it is a long drive to see a windy lake shrouded in cloud :-(

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  4. Chthoniid (2,027 comments) says:

    Wonderful shot Todd, I wonder how many times you had to travel there to get it :)

    It’s got a lovely symmetry that pulls your eyes towards the mountains in the background. Lovely sense of depth to it also.

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  5. Pete George (22,784 comments) says:

    Great pic Todd, I don’t care if there are a few other variants around, this is a top shot and is appreciated.

    Reflections are easy enough, if you’re persistent and patient, or lucky. But composition and light (great peak highlights here) can still make a pic special.

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  6. Scott Chris (5,875 comments) says:

    nice pic but everyone’s got a lake matheson reflection photo. Too easy.

    It only looks easy. I doubt very much you’d achieve this level of polish unless you are a professional.

    Nice composition and execution.

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  7. David Farrar (1,853 comments) says:

    That so makes me want to go there!

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  8. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    As a keen West Coast landscape photographer, I think this is a pretty nice capture of Matheson, I really like that it is at sunset instead of the usual sunrise from this location.

    I got some excellent shots from Cook flat while working down there at the end of summer, South Westland is an absolutely incredible place.

    I have found my own “secret” landscape locations in Westland, and for anyone interested in landscape photography, if you do a little bit of home work you will find some amazing locations and perspectives not often captured.

    And DPF, if you haven’t yet been to the Coast for a properlook, I think you will be amazed at what you find here. To appreciate it fully you really need to spend a while here though, it is a very big region to explore.

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  9. wreck1080 (3,726 comments) says:

    just needs a whopping great castle in the background , perfection!

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  10. Pete George (22,784 comments) says:

    I think you will be amazed at what you find here. To appreciate it fully you really need to spend a while here though, it is a very big region to explore.

    Ye. That does apply to much of the South Island, but the West Coats has it’s own unique attractions. The three that stand out for me:

    1. Helicopter over Fox Glacier

    2. White heron (kotuku) tour – jet boat down river with ducks flying a metre from the boat, transfer to a rainforest cruise to the kotuku and spoonbill nesting sites.

    3. Forest walks in the Karamea area (Oparara Valley) to caves and archways.

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  11. davidp (3,540 comments) says:

    My favourite South westland “discovery” was Gillespie’s Beach, near Fox Glacier. The beach is covered in coloured stones and driftwood, and there is a perfect view of Mt Cook. It’s pretty cool being able to sit in the sun on the beach AND see the country’s tallest mountain.

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  12. Todd Sisson (48 comments) says:

    Thanks all!

    Yes there is quite literally a lifetime of exploring in South Westland.

    @davidp – Gillespies is incredible – this is an amazing beach – down by Knights Point, south of Fox. http://bit.ly/LQqBoX penguins nearby too: http://bit.ly/LQqFFb

    @pete George – Alex Knob walk from Franz Josef is almost up there with a helicopter flight – but not quite! This shot was taken during a full moon http://bit.ly/LQr6zl @helmet may be interested in that one – it was in no way too easy to acquire ;-)

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  13. beautox (430 comments) says:

    Great work Todd. Been enjoying all your shots on your website. Some real stunners there make me want to flush my camera down the nearest toilet ;)

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  14. s.russell (1,563 comments) says:

    Thanks Todd and DPF. This is a great win-win for Kiwiblog devotees. I shall now have an extra reason to look forward to Wednesdays.

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