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The "Original" Sheep Dog Statue by skyhorse

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The capture of Scotsman, James McKenzie in 1855, for being “in the company of a thousand stolen sheep” as he rustled them with his dog Friday, through a remote alpine pass into “a plain of immense extent” resulted in his deeds being immortalized and his name, albeit with a spelling change, applied to these highlands ever since. To my mind, this is the New Zealand twist on the Scottish “Grey Friar’s Bobby” :)

The famous sheep dog statue on the edge of Lake Tekapo is in memory of the hardy mustering dogs “without the help of which the grazing of this mountainous country would be impossible.” * Note: This statue is very close to the Heritage listed Church of the Good Shepherd.

The magnificent Mackenzie has a startlingly clear night sky and is about to become the worlds first “Night Sky National Park”.

Located 229km south of Christchurch, approx 3 hours drive.

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Here is my own version of the statue in it’s surrounds:


  • adgray
    adgrayover 5 years ago

    How very clever of you for getting that plinth to blend into the hill in the other shot!
    A majestic memorial to the loyalty and assistance of all dogs
    So very brilliantly captured!
    ☼ Bravo! ☼

  • I’ve never seen a fav go on one of my shots so fast! Thanks so much, it just took my determined wee mind a while to work it out & much creaking from my poor knees in the 5am chill LOL

    – skyhorse

  • pollyh
    pollyhover 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured, love the legend.

  • thanks Carol, the South Island is beautiful wherever you look, but some places just touch your soul more & for me this is one of them, I have fond childhood memories of this area

    – skyhorse

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Very nice, I like all the stonework in the foreground too, gives a good sense of size

  • thought that after my “dog on mountains” I should show real thing off too, given you’d only get that mountain silhouette by contorting like I did that morning LOL

    – skyhorse

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 5 years ago

    All your latest captures are just awesome.

  • Wow, thanks for such a terrific compliment! These are actually from my trip home in March 2008, I just go through all the sub-folders every now & again to choose a few for uploading

    – skyhorse

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot Sky and excellent reading!!

  • thanks Marvin, this is one of my favourite parts of NZ & sometimes I do get homesick even after so many years in Aust

    – skyhorse

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