Church of the Good Shepherd, Tekapo, NZ by John Brotheridge

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Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo, NZ is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which, in 1935, was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. The church at Lake Tekapo was designed by Christchurch architect R.S.D. Harman, based on sketches by a local artist, Esther Hope. The church is arguably one of the most photographed in New Zealand, and features an altar window that frames stunning views of the lake and mountains. July 2008.


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  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyover 5 years ago

    What a lovely scene, John. I like the lighting and the colours of the sky. It looks a beautiful church too. Well done.

  • Slowly getting back into posting work again. Thanks E. I’ve now had 9 viewings…..this year!!

    – John Brotheridge

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot. :) Nice colours of the sky.

  • Thank you D, I really appreciate your viewing.

    – John Brotheridge

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 5 years ago

    John this is magnificent – I’ve visited this church and was amazed then at the beauty of both the ruins and the lake scenery – you have presented this beautifully! A definite favourite for me.

  • Glad you like it Bev and hope it brought some happy memories back.
    Thanks for viewing.

    – John Brotheridge

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    A beautiful shot John, nice one mate..

  • Cheers Jase’ can I call you Jase’? or is it Lord Kodak of Cleveleys now…you’ve won or achieved everything else? Thank you for viewing.

    – John Brotheridge

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    LOL, Jase ’ll do John LOL…But if you insist on the latter name, I wont object LOL…

  • Evita
    Evitaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!Congratulations on you feature! :D

  • Thank you Evita, apologies for the delay in replying, I wasn’t aware that this shot had been featured but you brought that to my attention in the nicest possible way. I appreciate your viewing and comments.

    – John Brotheridge

  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
    Jan Stead JEMp...over 5 years ago

    What an awesome atmospheric shot John…the lighting is amazing and I love the colours in the sky reflected on the church and ground all around…its quite amazing, ethereal even. I get the feeling that it must have been incredible to stand on that spot at that moment, that time stood still, everything froze, except the wind as it swept across the treeless landscape…oh, I’m sorry…this image is simply running away with my imagination.

    So sorry….but this is just mindblowing in so many ways.

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you for not only posting it, but taking it in the first place.

    Absolutely must favourite this so I may return whenever I wish!!!!!!

    Brilliant work!!!!!

    : )

  • Wow Jan, what can I say? This must rank as the most enthusiastic, complimentary comment x3 that I have received here. I can see that it has fired your imagination and as my earlier BMail said; this is what the purpose of RB is; to display ones work and inspire others. Thank you for all your kind comments, viewing, favouriting etc etc and the verse clearly sums up your thoughts. I am glad you like it. Hopefully, I will not spoil your vision of the scene by saying on the day, it was starting to rain and I had ‘lost’ my children who were exploring the lakeside. We are all safely home now. Please keep viewing. You may also wish to view my daughter’s shot taken on the same day entitled ‘Mist over Lake Tekapo’ which I think is superb (Page 2 of view all Art on my profile page)

    – John Brotheridge

  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
    Jan Stead JEMp...over 5 years ago


  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
    Jan Stead JEMp...over 5 years ago

    John, as you noticed earlier, your stunning capture sparked my imagination…I couldn’t stop writing as the words poured forth.

    Now they have coalesced into some sense of order….hope you like it:


    : )

    pink clouds scud across the twilit sky,
    above the barren land
    a wide expanse
    and time stops
    just for this moment
    the world freezes
    wind is stilled
    silence reigns
    as an orange white light
    splits clouds in twain

    bathes the ground
    the treeless scape
    in soft tender glow

    touches down
    on a lone stone church
    washes it clean

    life springs forth
    and God sings

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture John. I’d love to visit N.Z. My daughter raved about it when she was there last year – she has many beautiful photos too

  • ‘Thank you Moneypenny’ always wanted to say that Ha, I’m glad you like the shot. You should visit NZ your daughter’s raving is justified.
    Your comments are much appreciated.

    – John Brotheridge

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