Spring in Queenstown and the Wakatipu has to be the most exciting season. As the world awakes from it’s winter sleep, Spring is a celebration of new life. In this series of posts I have talked about the distinct stages that create a sense of growth, change and evolution. The first signs as daytime temperatures lose some of their bite and nightfall reaches a more reasonable hour are a green fuzz of buds appearing on trees. Then as we start to experience short bursts of tantalizing warmth, the arrival of spring is heralded by mass of pink. Apples and cherries, especially ornamental varieties, line roads and byways, bare skeletons clothed in rose and white garlands, like so many balloons – decorations for the coming festival of colour.
They are a weed in the South Island of New Zealand, but oh, the colour they bring in Spring. Drive down the middle of the country through the wide plains of the Mackenzie country, and a sea of these candles of colour waves in the wind, the snowcapped Southern Alps in the distance. I’ve photographed this view of Lake Wakatipu hundred of times, but how splendid it is with a foreground of purples, pinks, yellows and greens and the golden spine of the Devils Staircase reaching down from the peaks of The Remarkables into the lake.
The top image is a panorama using over 30 images in 3 layers. They were shot at a focal length of 300mm to get the compression that you get from a long lens along with this wide angle view. Stitching was done in Adobe Lightroom, with distortion corrections fixed in photoshop. Colours and tones were adjusted using Nik Software Viveca and in Lightroom. The bottom image is a detail from the panorama, with raging and texture effects to create an old photo feel, added in Nik Analog Efex Pro 2.