Otago Back Country, near Omarama, NZ. Ahuriri Plain and Cloud Hill from Twizel-Omarama Rd.

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Comments (14)

Maja Weidemueller on February 19, 2011

Love the lonely tree and the vast horizon Ian ~ must be a wonderful land.

~~~ Maja ~~~

bdeh on February 20, 2011

Very nice picture and area Ian. Greetings Berend

jeff_msn123 on February 20, 2011

Beautiful place. Fantastic shot. LIKE

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

Dear Maja,

The landscape in the "rain-shadow" areas of Otago is quite mesmerising, with its changing colours, majestic backdrops and large scale agriculture and large sheep runs in the foothills.

Glad you approve of the lone tree, helping the composition.

~~~ Ian ~~~

Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

There are plenty of nice landscapes to enjoy in NZ, Berend.



Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

I am very happy to be able to take you from Hong Kong to the back country in South Island, NZ, Jeff, through Pano.

Cheers, my friend.


ƤōƝƓ on February 21, 2011

You keep taking others' breath away. Golden ☆ + LIKEd

Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

Thank you Ah-Pong. Honoured again!! It really is a great joy to be able to share a taste of NZ's beauty with you.


emzet on February 22, 2011

Beautiful landscape, awesome colours. Greetings from Poland.

Ian Stehbens on February 22, 2011

Thank you emzet. The film makers love to come to NZ to use landscapes like this for their sets.

Films that have been on location in this region include Lord of the Rings (trilogy), Rugged Country South of Rivendell, Isengard, Ford of Bruinen, Pillars of the King, Dimrill Dale, Flight to the Ford, Plains of Rohan, Lothlorien and more.

Warm regards,


Ula Ch-L on February 24, 2011

Great composition, beauttiful landscape. Like

Ian Stehbens on February 26, 2011

Dear Ula,

Thank you for your visit to my gallery and for your appreciative comments. New Zealand offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes. This area is sheep country especially on the hills, with large scale dairying on the irrigated river flats.

The film industry has also discovered the raw beauty of this landscape.

Warm regards,


©polytropos on March 4, 2011

This is really a wonderful composition. The dark spots and stripes offer a well-balanced picture, it's like a painting.
I really like that one and press YS!

Ian Stehbens on March 5, 2011

I am honoured and delighted Polytropos! Thank you. The landscape in the rain shadow country is quite different for NZ, and it has been popular with film makers.

I am glad you share my enthusiasm for this landscape.



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