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Lake Te Anau sunset. South Island, New Zealand. (4) by Ralph de Zilva

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Gitzo tripod

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Lake Te Anau is in the southwestern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Its name was originally Te Ana-au, Maori for ‘The cave of swirling water’. The lake covers an area of 344 km², making it the second-largest lake by surface area in New Zealand (after Lake Taupo) and the largest in the South Island. Lake Te Anau is however the largest lake in Australasia by fresh water volume.
The main body of the lake runs north-south, and is 65 km in length. Three large fiords form arms to the lake on its western flank: North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord. These are the only inland Fiords that New Zealand has, the other 14 are out on the coast. Several small islands lie in the entrance to Middle Fiord, which forks partway along its length into northwest and southwest arms. The lake lies at an altitude of 210 m, and since its maximum depth is 417 m much of its bed lies below sea level.

Several rivers feed the lake, of which the most important is the Eglinton River, which joins the lake from the east, opposite the entrance to North Fiord. The outflow is the Waiau River, which flows south for several kilometres into Lake Manapouri. The town of Te Anau lies at the south-eastern corner of the lake, close to the outflow.

Most of the lake is within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Other than the Te Anau township, the only human habitation close to the lake is the farming settlement of Te Anau Downs, close to the mouth of the Eglinton River. Between these two settlements the land is rolling hill country, but elsewhere the land is mountainous, especially along its western shore, where the Kepler and Murchison Mountains rise 1,400 m above the surface of the lake.

I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Lovely picture, Ralph!

  • Thanks so much David

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Great capture and lovely work on this one Ralph.

  • Many thanks for that Andrea.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    SEPTEMBER 11th, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
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  • Thank you very much for that Mary. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much Angie for the feature. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    magical lighting moment. well captured!! lisa

  • Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Lisa.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    Absolutely amazing b&w, love it

  • Thanks so much Elfie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Evita
    Evitaover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature September 13th, 2011!

  • Thank you very much for that Evita. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image! Love those tones.

  • Many thanks Charuhas for your comment and also for the two faves. I forgot to thank you for the previous one.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Angie66
    Angie66over 3 years ago

    gorgeous what a beautiful place

  • Thank you so much Angie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Rene  Triay
    Rene Triayabout 3 years ago

    Hey Ralph, another great piece of work…… Let me know what medication you’ve been taking. In your new profile photo you look 40 years younger. LOL.

  • It’s a big secret Rene and if I tell you, everyone else will be asking me what I used too, hahahaha. Seriously though that was taken when I was 18 years old and I swapped it with my original photo just for a laugh and I haven’t stopped laughing since because so many have commented on it.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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