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12 Months in 2012

Here the time comes again.
It seems that this post is developing into regular farewell to the departing year with a look over the shoulder to reflect on what one was up to in the year just gone…and I kinda like it with hope, that our friends and followers might enjoy this showcase as well.
And it was a busy year, I need to say. I travelled around quite a bit, re-visiting places I haven’t been for a decade, but also going new places and therefore it was very exciting year for me indeed.

Lets take a look at January.

I’ve been planning this frame of Franz Josef Glacier with daisies in foreground for a long time but never really happened to be able to go for the shoot in the right time of the year.
Last year I decided that I can’t miss mountain daisies on Alex Knob again. Unfortunately, when I got up the top it got quite breezy around the sunset time so it was quite difficult to get sharp image, as the daisies were moving most of the time. The shutter speed was slow in this low light and I had to improvise and shelter flowers a bit with my pack but with no much success. Eventually that evening, I managed to pull of a couple of sharp frames I’m happy with.

Franz Josef Glacier with mountain daisies as seen from Alex Knob, Westland NP, West Coast, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier with mountain daisies as seen from Alex Knob, Westland NP, West Coast, New Zealand

February was a similar story.

Roys Peaks were on my list for a long time, as well and is one of locations I haven’t visited before so I was really excited to go up. The views from there are quite extraordinary and are worth of every drop of sweat…and there is quite a few drops one sheds on way up…
This image is a summer version but I do plan going back around winter time to get a bit of the snow on tops. But in this frame, I really like those pastel colours of twilight together with steel blue lake which is being swept by winds, creating nice pattern on its surface.

Sunset over Lake Wanaka as seen from Roys Peak 1578m, Central Otago, New Zealand

Sunset over Lake Wanaka as seen from Roys Peak 1578m, Central Otago, New Zealand

March

Last year I visited one location more often then others. It was Punakaiki in Paparoa National Park in northern part of the West Coast. Punakaiki is one of those places where inspiration comes in buckets. Being not too far from my home, only about 3 hrs drive, no wonder I gave this place more attention last year and will continue to do so in the future.
Walking among limestone formations in twilight is truly exciting for photographer and one has to really concentrate on what to photograph. There is image everywhere one points the camera at but when I saw this limestone stack with so much detail in right light, the image was decided for me. Especially, when this photograph isn’t so profound like the others from the area.

Pancake rocks - limestone formations on rugged coast in Punakaiki during sunset, Paparoa National Park, West Coast, New Zealand

Pancake rocks - limestone formations on rugged coast in Punakaiki during sunset, Paparoa National Park, West Coast, New Zealand

For April I had planned my trip to Milford Sound.

It’s been soooo long since I was there last time so one can only imagine my hype when I hit the road. It’s a bit of a drive, around 13 hrs from my place but I decided to break the journey up and stayed a few nights in Te Anau, also one of the long over due location for me.
I stayed about a week in Milford as I wanted to do a few side trips as well. And this image is from one of those – Gertrude Saddle.
An easy hike up the saddle gives you an amazing views not only toward the Milford Sound in distance but also over beautiful Darran Mountains you’re totally enclosed by….what a tent door view…

Sunset over Milford Sound as seen in distance from Gertude Saddle, Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand

Sunset over Milford Sound as seen in distance from Gertude Saddle, Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand

In May I didn’t have to travel far.

Actually, didn’t have to travel at all as one of the best views of the Southern Alps is only a few minutes away from my home – in Okarito.
Oh boy, how much I love this place. I would go up as often as I can as the views from this popular lookout are just magic. I have many frames from this place but I really like this one. It’s not one of those chocolate box like versions and gives you a chill of that raw wintery evening of the rainforest and mountains after sun went behind the horizon.

Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook behind clouds after sunset in twilight, Westland National Park, West Coast, World Heritage, South Island, New Zealand

Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook behind clouds after sunset in twilight, Westland National Park, West Coast, World Heritage, South Island, New Zealand

In June, winter picked up its momentum and good dump of snow covered mountains.

And that’s a great time to visit one my another beloved places – Three Mile Lagoon. This time it was even more urging and exciting to go as this was my first shoot with my new 36MP camera. And how happy a man can be…
I have made a similar image before but in different light and because I love those pastel colours of twilight, I wanted to re-shoot this frame….magical location!

Views of Mt. Tasman 3497m and Mt. Cook 3754m from Three Mile Lagoon Beach during sunset, Westland National Park, World Heritage, West Coast, New Zealand

Views of Mt. Tasman 3497m and Mt. Cook 3754m from Three Mile Lagoon Beach during sunset, Westland National Park, World Heritage, West Coast, New Zealand

In July I was on moon hunting.

This image had been some years in making, as there is not too many opportunities to capture full moon next to the highest NZ mountains. Obviously, the weather is the boss here and if it gets stubborn, you gotta wait until next year.
I came in June but the clouds arrived so I packed up and went home…well, of course, I managed to photograph something else but there was no mountains and no moon. And so I went the following month again but this time I was lucky. There was no clouds around and the moon was closest to Mt. Tasman it ever gets. I have a few more ideas about this image so I will definitely be back this year again…

Twilight at Gillespies Beach with moon rising over Fox Glacier and next to Mt. Tasman (left) 3497m and Mt. Cook (right) 3754m, two highest New Zealand mountains, Westland National Park, West Coast, New Zealand

Twilight at Gillespies Beach with moon rising over Fox Glacier and next to Mt. Tasman (left) 3497m and Mt. Cook (right) 3754m, two highest New Zealand mountains, Westland National Park, West Coast, New Zealand

I love going places only a few knows about and not too many people photograph.
Charleston on in northern part of the West Coast was one of those places for me in August.

Time to time you can find a photo of the main bay in Charleston but I haven’t seen many of this southern coastline. I came to this spot several times as I wanted to have sunset and also sunrise versions as they are very different when it comes to light but both have its beauty. To me, this sunrise photograph thanks to the lit up clouds and ruggedness of the coastline in moody dark is the winner.

Sunrise on wild and remote coastline near Charleston near Westport, West Coast, New Zealand

Sunrise on wild and remote coastline near Charleston near Westport, West Coast, New Zealand

In September I was on a road again.

It’s been 7 years since I’ve been in Catlins last time so I couldn’t wait to get there. This eastern southern coastline lives kinda in a shadow of those hugely popular areas but perhaps because of it, it’s a joy to travel through and meeting with locals. Sitting in the bottom corner of the South Island, Catlins truly has some gems to show and the Nugget Point with its lighthouse is definitely one of them. In summer, the sun rises much more to the right, creating a lot of negative space if the sky is empty but I like its placement here, where it makes for a very pleasing and well balanced composition.

Sunrise at Nugget Point with lighthouse, Catlins, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Sunrise at Nugget Point with lighthouse, Catlins, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

With October, I’ll be cheating a bit.

Initially, I wanted to use a different image for October, but then I changed my mind as I wanted to share with you another special frame. And because I’ve been quite busy at the end of last year I thought I could use image I took just on the beginning of November.
On the 1st November I travelled to Mt. Cook National Park to give hand to my friend Colin Monteath with his mountain photography workshop. He’s a fantastic guy and mountain photographer so please check his website at – www.colinmonteath.com
We had a blast and were lucky with weather. One of those nights we spent in mountains and it rained and snowed but it gave us a gorgeous morning where everything was dusted with fresh, thin layer of snow…just magic.

Soft pastel dawn over Tasman Glacier as seen from Ball Ridge with De la Beche 2950m in background with climber giving sense of scale at end of ridge and in foreground, Mt. Cook National Park, World Heritage, Mackenzie Country, South Island, New Zealand

Soft pastel dawn over Tasman Glacier as seen from Ball Ridge with De la Beche 2950m in background with climber giving sense of scale at end of ridge and in foreground, Mt. Cook National Park, World Heritage, Mackenzie Country, South Island, New Zealand

Shortly after I came back from Mt. Cook, in November I hit the road again, this time to the Nelson Region – Golden Bay.

There was one place in particular which I wanted to visit, actually two – Totaranui and Wharariki.
The image below is from amazing Wharariki with its famous arches on the beach. I’ve been here before but it was too long ago – well, 10 years to be exact…and here again, the adrenalin was running up my brain….how great it is to visit old places you love and always find them as new…..

Sun sets on famous arches on Wharariki Beach on west coast of South Island, Nelson Region, South Island, New Zealand

Sun sets on famous arches on Wharariki Beach on west coast of South Island, Nelson Region, South Island, New Zealand

And as a last image for December I won’t go far at all.

I chose to share a view from my lounge when the sun was setting on the boxing day.

Sunset with silhouetted totara tree near Whataroa, South Westland, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Sunset with silhouetted totara tree near Whataroa, South Westland, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Lets hope you’ve enjoyed my adventures and I look forward to catching up with you here next year again!
Many thanks for visiting my posts and all the best in 2013!

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