Bridge over the River Clutha: Cromwell, NZ

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Comments (16)

jeff_msn123 on May 22, 2011

Perfect reflection. Wonderful shot. LIKE

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

bdeh on May 22, 2011

Excellent picture and beautiful reflections Ian. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on May 22, 2011

Greetings Jeff. Thanks for your appreciation of this image. The blues and golds of this landscape, the back country of Otago I found very appealing and it provided many great opportunities for landscape photogrpahy.



Ian Stehbens on May 22, 2011

Perhaps it may surprise you, Berend that there is not a bird in sight. The variety and populations of birds in NZ are both very low (except for marine birds). I commented on the silence of the birds in NZ, and a Kiwi friend remarked that when they visit Australia, they find the birds too noisy: kookaburras, magpies, butcher birds, rosellas and crows all conspired to wake them up in the morning!

But the NZ landscapes are absolutley stunning, and now I am home I can hear all the above mentioned birds waking up the day right now.



Ghiocela on May 23, 2011

Excellent refelection and amazing view, Ian! Like and YS! Warm wishes, Simona

bdeh on May 23, 2011

I'm happy that the first thing I hear when I wake up are the singing birds Ian. Only when I go to bed so late that they start singing when I'm not a sleep yet it can be too noisy. ;-)) Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on May 24, 2011

Dear Simona,

It is special to share images of such beautiful and different landscapes with you. Thank you for your awards for this image. They are treasured.

Warmest regards, dear Simona.


Ian Stehbens on May 24, 2011

Greetings Berend,

If you are still awake when the birds beginning singing in the morning you must be a night owl or a nightjar or a nightingale. I can't decide which! I think I identify myself with our melodious magpies most, though the butcher birds that come to be hand fed and perch on the top of my newspaper as I am reading it in the morning might be my favourites right at the moment.

I sure missed the birds in NZ, though the black swans are reasonably ubiquitous, and I have bumped into some timid yellow-eyed penguins in my camera sorties along the shores.


bdeh on May 24, 2011

I'm sometimes still awake if we had a party with friends and/or family Ian. If everybody is gone home we wash the dishes, drink something and talk about the party and then go to bed. In summer the birds starts singing at 4.30 - 5.00 AM! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on May 24, 2011

YOu remind me of my university days, Berend, though it wasn't parties but assignments that kept me going through the long hours till the roosters began to crow!

Amelia Royan on May 29, 2011

Dear Ian, lovely still waters and beautiful reflections too. I am interested to find out how the smaller hills are created behind the bridge. They appear so regular - are they natural?

We too are being woken by birdsong, albeit only the tuneful whistling of the black birds and song thrushes.

Did he do it? Did he do it? Come and see. Come and see. Knee deep. Knee Deep Sweet. Sweet.

Warm wishes from Shropshire, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on May 29, 2011

Thank you Amelia for your appreciation, and especially for the link. I have enjoyed listening to thrushes, tits, nightingale, kestrels, kingfisher, etc..... and must admit I didn't know that the nightingale had such a varied repertoire. I hope Berend is aware of this site too - I'm confident he knows it well.

In regard to your question about the hills in the immediate background. These really are etchings sculpted by local runoff of the level bed of alluvial material. These level beds that covered the floor of the valley were derived from the glacial outwash material from the glacial Hawea and Wanaka Valleys upstream. I am not an authority on this area, but it seems highly likely that with the gorge downstream, this area probably was a lake of meltwater once, into which the material was deposited.

The foreground water is an artificial hydro lake today impounded by a large dam in the gorge. The town of Cromwell to left of photo is a new town, for much of the old town site, being beside the river, has been drowned by the dam. So the photo records the stories of tectonic and glacial past, as well as recent human modification of the landforms.

Chirps and sweet sweet tweets from OZ,


bdeh on May 30, 2011

I didn't know this site Ian, but I know a simular Dutch site. Greetings Berend

Maja Weidemueller on May 30, 2011

Wonderful quiet picture and interesting explanations above dear Ian ~ thank you for sharing! Really peaceful waters.....

Ian Stehbens on May 31, 2011

I am grateful that Amelia has linked us to it, Berend. Keep taking your walks with your camera, my friend.


Ian Stehbens on May 31, 2011

Your links to music are much appreciated gifts, Maja. I have enjoyed Chris' singing. Thanks for appreciating the geogrpaher's comments too.

Grace and peace,


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