The Road to Majesty, Glenorchy, NZ

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Ian Stehbens on April 11, 2011

What a joy to go for a spin, 2 recreational photographers together, along the shores of Wakatipu, until we reached Majesty at Glenorchy, then continued into the upper valley beyond Paradise!!

I was almost breathless with excitement, hopping out and hopping in the car, for we were given our freedom, but with limited hours!

Thanks Alan for letting me take the wheel! An afternoon never to be forgotten!

The glaciated Van (right) and Afton (far left) Valleys join the upper reaches of Lake Wakatipu here. The range of Ridge Peak (1841M) had received its first dusting of winter snow 2 days before this photo, most of it already melted.

Colour + Majesty + Variety + Mood = Landscape Beauty. It was all abounding, and every bend in the road surprised us with more.

jeff_msn123 on April 11, 2011


The red sport car attract me. :)

Fantastic shot. LIKE

Cheers, Jeff

bdeh on April 11, 2011

Excellent picture Ian, what a nice view.

Did you drove in the cabrio? Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on April 12, 2011

It attracted me too, Jeff! The owner, Alan, is in the photo, using his camera. We had a wonderful exploration together that afternoon. Glad you like the image so much. Thanks again.


Ian Stehbens on April 12, 2011

I did indeed, Berend. It was me who left the door wide open as I bolted to take this photo!! There were very few cars about that afternoon so it seemed we had almost the whole valley to ourselves.

My wife and I were teaching at a seminar at Queenstown, and one afternoon was free time allowing us such an opportunity. Alan the owner of the cabrio is also a keen photographer whom I am introducing to Panoramio - we may see the photo he was taking in Pano also.

Warm regards,


Ghiocela on April 14, 2011

The magical landscape! As beauty that impresses!YS and Like! Thank you very much, Yan, for your sharing, here, in Panoramio, such beautiful pictures!! Warm wishes, Simona

Ian Stehbens on April 14, 2011

I know how much you like yellow, Simona and there were plenty of European and Asian trees in yellow foliage as it is autumn here but they are found in the townships. But wouldn't it be enven more lovely to have some splashes of yellow here?

I is wonderful to share mutul encouragement. Thanks for your special images in Pano too.

Warmest regards,

Yan in NZ

gezginruh on April 21, 2011

Is it a red pomegranate inside these beauties dear Ian?

Lovely greetings. Fü

K@rin on May 19, 2011

hello Ian , great landscape view, really lovely with the red car in , makes the photo more colourful but also can see the scale of the landscape compared to it , like, best wishes K@rin

Ian Stehbens on May 23, 2011

The red pomegranate keeps on rolling arounsd the world, . I can only imagine how much joy there would be if you were able to join us on such a picturesque day.

Thanks you dear friend. Warmest greetings in return.


Ian Stehbens on May 23, 2011

Dear Karin,

I was so excited to have the opportunity to explore this valley courtesy of my new friend who owns the red car. I don't have much hair but the wind, in what I have, made the drive most memorable. It is a most attractive and majestic landscape.

Warmest regards,


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