Lake Te Anau. South Island, New Zealand by Ralph de Zilva

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Sold A Framed Print 18 × 12 on 11.02.2012

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

    Yet another fantastic image of Te Anau

  • Thank you very much Deborah.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • donnnnnny
    donnnnnnyabout 3 years ago

    Ralph this is a superb landscape my friend a real keeper mate FAV

  • Thanks very much Donny for the comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • supergold
    supergoldabout 3 years ago

    fantastic view with thgese sunrays and dark clouds

  • Thanks Fred for your wonderful comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Another stunning and amazing capture Ralph, you have a wonderful gift…

  • Thank you so much Andrea for your kind comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 3 years ago

    brilliant view. well captured ralphede

  • Many thanks Lisa for your nice comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mike Shell
    Mike Shellabout 3 years ago

    Ralph, this is masterful. The subject, the composition, the geometry of light and shadow. Excellent. Thank you. I have ordered a framed print.

  • Thanks so much Mike for purchasing one of my photographs, it is greatly appreciated. I hope it gives you much pleasure.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • JulieKing
    JulieKingabout 3 years ago

    Stunning. :)

  • Thank you Julie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations, 11/2/2012…Shirley

  • Appreciate the feature very much Shirley, thanks so much.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BK Photography
    BK Photographyabout 3 years ago

    stunning image…………. love it

  • Thanks very much for the visit, comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature,well deserved!

  • Thank you Ana.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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