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

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G lens

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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.

Two New Zealand Great Walks start at the lake. The Milford Track starts at the northern tip of the lake and the Kepler Track starts and ends at the south tip of the lake at the Waiau River.
Numerous species of wildlife and vegetation are found in the watershed of Lake Te Anau. Vegetative understory includes numerous fern species including the Crown Fern, Blechnum discolor.

Several species of endangered birds live around the shores of Lake Te Anau, notably the Takahē (Notornis hochstetteri). An area between the Middle and South Fiords called the Murchison Mountains is a sanctuary set aside for these birds. The western shore of the lake also features the Te Ana-au Caves, from which the lake derives its name.

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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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Comments

  • supergold
    supergoldalmost 2 years ago

    wonderful perspective and colors

  • Thanks very much Fred for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Many thanks for your comment and fave, Dominika.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • 242Digital
    242Digitalalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Ralph ;-) – Jeremy

  • Thanks very much, Jeremy.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 2 years ago

    The light and clouds create a wonderful mood in this beautiful scene

  • Thank you so much, Celeste for the terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 2 years ago

    Marvelous view and image, Ralph!

  • Thanks very much, Glenn.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning light and work. Beautiful scene.

  • Thanks so much for the great comment and fave, Joy.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 2 years ago

    Awesome light and mood. Superb capture Ralph!

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

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 2 years ago


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  • Thanks so much, Darlene for the feature.

    Christmas Greetings and all good wishes for the New Year.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thanks very much for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!!

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  • Thanks a lot Evita for the feature and fave. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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