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

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Sunset at Lake Te Anau. South Island, New Zealand. (4) by 

Nikon D700 & Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
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.

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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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  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 3 years ago

    wow!! just such abeauty!! terrific work ralph!

  • Thanks very much Dave for the terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Angie66
    Angie66about 3 years ago

    I agree wow what a shot this is stunning Ralph :0)

  • Thanks for the terrific comment, Angie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogabout 3 years ago

    Great shot and amazing colour Ralph

  • Thank you so much Barb.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • greenstone
    greenstoneabout 3 years ago

    fantasti capture and info!!! georgie

  • Thanks a lot Georgie for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Wow this is fantastic Ralph, what a stunning capture and brilliant lighting.

  • Thanks so much for the terrific comment, Andrea.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 3 years ago

    WOWzer Ralph. What a beauty.

  • Many thanks for that wonderful comment, Don.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66about 3 years ago
  • Thanks a lot for that Tracy. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayabout 3 years ago

    Wowzers! Very similar to the day we drove along Lake TeAnau (Spring 2009).
    Such natural splendour!

  • This was captured in September as well but a year later. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

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  • Thank you so very much for that Mary. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, Ralph

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment, Carol.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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