Peaceful Dawning-Sunrise Reflection at Lake Wanaka in New Zealand

The rising sun paints the clouds pink and illuminates the top of Mount Hyde and is reflected in the still water of Glendhu Bay on Lake Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand.
The rising sun paints the clouds pink and illuminates the top of Mount Hyde and is reflected in the still water of Glendhu Bay on Lake Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand.

With it being the first of the year, I was doing some organizing of all my images and ran across this from a trip to New Zealand back in 2009. I spent a month touring both the North and South islands with a good friend and fellow photographer, Nat Coalson. I have yet to hardly even look at all the images, but this one stood out and I just had to process it.

We drove over from Queenstown to Wanaka the day before and had plenty of time to scout out locations for sunrise the next morning. Glendhu Bay was not far from where we camped, so we were there early. The interesting grassy shoreline had many little inlets and kept us busy jumping from one spot to the other trying to come up with the best composition. As the sun rose the clouds turned a soft pink and soon the sunlight reached the top of the mountains on the opposite side of the bay. It was just another beautiful sunrise in New Zealand. I look forward to sharing more in the future.

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2 thoughts on “Peaceful Dawning-Sunrise Reflection at Lake Wanaka in New Zealand”

  1. What an amazing trip that was! Still one of the best highlights of all my years in photography. Hard to believe it was 9 years ago this year. We really must get together for another shooting trip soon … miss you, buddy!

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