When words aren’t enough.

New Zealand is a majestic country.  Sometimes, even when you’re right in the thick of the majesty, you know you can’t capture what is right in front of you….though you try if you’re lugging around a Canon 7D.  Isn’t that what man has been doing since he (she) figured out how to recreate images…whether on a cave wall, a canvass, a piece of photographic paper, or a computer screen.  On a recent trip to Queenstown, we were blessed with magnificent weather.  Sunny and crisp one day, snowing the next.  The mountains surrounding Lake Wakatipu and the town of Queenstown are breathtaking.  It’s no wonder one of the ranges is named ‘The Remarkables’.  So, in it’s heavenly form (since we were sent to Queenstown by an angel), I’ll let the pictures do the talking.


This was the view, directly across Lake Wakatipu, from our rooms.  We stayed at the Matakauri Lodge.  If you ever get the chance to go there, please do (a treat, for yourself…you deserve it).  You’ll be in good company….The Royals (Kate and William stayed here when they were in Nz two months ago…), Brad Pitt, rumored to be there this weekend….



The hotel has a dock….to park your yacht.  When we first arrived the afternoons were very windy.  And the whitecaps on the lake provided an amazing contrast with the deep blue lake. The next days were colder.  Cloudier.  In the morning, clouds hung low in the sky.  It was erie.



But sometimes the sun would peak out just before sunset…just to tease you.




Then the storms came in and changed the whole landscape.  Snow, capping the mountains.



And the snow continued to fall.  On our way out of town, passing through the vineyards of Gibbston Valley, our last image of this amazing place.


It stayed cold here in Southern Nz for a few days.  It even snowed in Dunedin the following day.  But the cold didn’t last, and the following weekend we were treated to bright sunshine and warm (13 C) temperatures.  And, for days there was no wind, and the Otago Harbor was like glass.





With weather like this, I had to head out to Allen’s beach and capture the cliffs and the Pacific.


One of the great things about winter this far South is the light, which provides amazing contrast on the hills.


But the water was magnetic, drawing me back.


And, finally, one evening the sun set behind Stuart Street, which rises up through the hills surrounding Dunedin.


So that’s my world….which I enjoy sharing with all of you.





Published by dave clarke

I am different things to different people. Husband, father, doctor, teacher, friend, or if you're a fish, a fly fisherman. But really, I'm just a guy trying to learn about life, and if I'm lucky, maybe teach a little bit along the way. If I were a golfer (I'm not) I would be on the back nine of my life, or if I were a book, there would be more pages turned than not. Any yet, I'm far from finished creating chapters of my life. The goal of Next Chapters is inspiration, and I'm hopeful the traffic goes in both directions.

4 thoughts on “When words aren’t enough.

  1. Dr. Dave, your photography of NZ has been nothing but spectacular, just like the country itself, huh! What an adventure of a lifetime for you and your family! Such a blessing to capture those beautiful memories! Can’t wait to see you and hear more stories! Ilene

  2. Whenever I see a spectacular view in NZ, I have been desperate to share with people at home how mindblowing it is. If only there was a camera as good as the human eye!

    You have done an amazing job with the photos though. Beautiful!

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