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Lake Te Anau sunset. South Island, New Zealand. (5) by Ralph de Zilva


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Lake Te Anau sunset. South Island, New Zealand. (5) by 

Appeared on the RedBubble Home Page on 27.09.2011

Sold a 12" X 8" Framed Print on 03.10.2011

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

2623 views, 222 comments, favourited by 69 & 24 features as at 27.02.2014

Challenge Winner in the New Zealand Made groups “Favourite New Zealand Related Image” challenge on 18.11.2012
4th in the Shutterbugs “Landscape” challenge on 15.06.2013
Top Ten in the Featured For A Challenge groups “Invitation Only” challenge on 18.02.2014
Top Ten in the New Zealand Made Challenge on 22.07.2012
Top Ten in Wilderness Somewhere on 14.12.2011
Top Ten in Atmospheric Land & Seascapes on 09.12.2011
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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.


landscape, sunset, silhouette

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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  • Angie66
    Angie66almost 3 years ago

    beautiful :0)

  • Thank you so much Angie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Deborah Clearwater
    Deborah Clearw...almost 3 years ago

    stunning as always Ralph

  • Thank you very much Deborah. That’s very kind of you.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnalmost 3 years ago

    Another beautiful capture Ralph

  • Thanks very much Michael.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyalmost 3 years ago



  • Thanks so much for that, Robert. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Superb capture.

  • Many thanks Julie for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Jacinthe Brault
    Jacinthe Braultalmost 3 years ago

    Ralph, this is absolutely breathtaking!

  • Thanks so much, Jacinthe for your terrific comment. Great to hear from you.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 3 years ago

    Simply gorgeous, Ralph.. The golden colors are stunning

  • I’m so glad you like it Carol. Thank you so much for your comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • reflector
    reflectoralmost 3 years ago

    A nice moment, well timed and caught!

  • Thanks for the nice compliment, James.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Simply stunning Ralph, beautiful lighting

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment, Andrea.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 3 years ago

    WOW! Another stunning shot Ralph and a FAV for me. Don.

  • Thanks so much Don for your terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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