Crown Prince Range and the descent into Kawarau Valley, NZ (Summer View SW from saddle)

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Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2011

The Kawarau River flows through the gorge that lies 850M below between the photopoint and the background. The river drains from Lake Wakatipu at Queenstown and discharges into the Clutha River which has been harnessed by one of New Zealand's large hydro-electric power schemes.

乾龍 on March 2, 2011

Beautiful view and atmosphere


Best wishes from Taiwan,Qianlong

Ian Stehbens on March 2, 2011

It is rugged country, but then so is the east coast of Taiwan! Thank you, Qianlong.


bdeh on March 2, 2011

Very nice shot Ian. I like the winding road and the "circle" of trees. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on March 2, 2011

Thanks Berend,

If you insist on living up at this altitude and high on the exposed shoulder of the valley, you would be wise to create what ever windbreaks you can for winter by winter can be a bit cold and windy up here in the snow! But then a Netherlander would know all about the wisdom of windbreaks!

When standing here one looks down on the aircraft that come up this valley to land at Queenstown Airport.

One German cyclist called Robert who was pedalling his bicycle from one end of the island to the other arrived here at this vantage point, dismounted and gaped at the view... then with mouth open wide he pointed as a commercial aircraft came into gorge and he said to me "Look. See I am higher than the plane!" And he was. And then I took his photo.

Greetings Berend,


bdeh on March 2, 2011

;-)) Greetings Berend

ƤōƝƓ on March 10, 2011

How much more would you like to stun us?!!!

Golden ☆ + LIKEd

Ian Stehbens on March 10, 2011

I think the landscape is what is stunning us, Ah-Pong. But thanks for the accolades. As mentioned above, to see a commercial airliner coming in through the gorge and passing between my vantage point and that house on the other side of the gorge is quite surprising.



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