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The Kaikoura Ranges

The Kaikoura Ranges
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South Island Holiday NZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-22 0:34
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The Kaikoura Ranges

This is the view we had of the Kaikoura Ranges just a few kilometres south of the township of Kaikoura. I had to slam on my brakes and park on a side of the road as soon as we saw the snow Ė remember Iím from Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, and we donít ever get to see any snow up there.

The Kaikoura Range are two parallel ranges of mountains in the northeast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Formed along New Zealand's Alpine Fault, they can be seen as the northernmost extension of the Southern Alps in the South Island.

There are actually two mountain ranges known as Kaikoura. The Seaward Kaikoura Range rises up almost directly out of the sea in places, while the Inland Kaikoura Range runs parallel but further west, divided from the Seaward Kaikoura Range by the Clarence River.

Named the Looker-on mountains by Captain James Cook, they now take their name from the town of Kaikoura at the southern extreme of the Seaward Kaikouras. This range rises straight from (and dominates) the coast to the north of the town.

The name 'Kaikoura' means 'To eat crayfish' ('kai'- to eat, 'koura' - crayfish).

Formed initially during the Miocene epoch, the Kaikoura ranges are composed primarily of greywacke and argillite. Further mountain building occurred during the early Pleistocene, and it was during this period that the dramatic uplifting occurred that raised these mountains to their current heights.

The highest mountain in the Seaward Kaikoura Range is Manakau at 2610m, and Tapuae-O-uenuku (which in Maori means: Footprint of the rainbow) is the highest mountain in the Inland Kaikoura Range, at 2885m.

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Hi Janice!

Oh, I would love that place! This landscape is a marvellous combination of high "alpine" mountains and smooth and soft hills. The contrast between these two kinds are magnificient: on one hand as far as the shapes and patterns are concerned, on the other hand concerning vegetation or rather the absence of it. I also love the different lhorizontal ayers of the composition.

Well seen, well done!

Kind regards


Hello Janice
Wonderful scene from Kaikoura Range you show us here :O)
Perfect composition,exposure and POV.Welldone my friend.


Hi Janice,
I was off for an extended weekend, and am glad to see you're back...As usual, this is an excellent shot..I love the trees in the distance, especially.
Very well done, Janice.
Kind regards,

Superb landscape Janice! Love the color and form variables here. Beautiful layers. Lovely composition. Thanks for stopping! and sharing this with us. Richard

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-22 23:02]

Hi Janice

I was on Kaikoura over Christmas - there was snow on the mountains - when we got up on Boxing Day it has snowed overnight and the snow covered about half the mountains!

Lovely composition - nice forms and great hazy light and colour.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-05-05 17:06]

Hi Janice, A good choice of this POV looking up towards the snow-covered mountains. When living in Christchurch years ago and travelling to Nelson Marlborough a lot, it was easy to take these views for granted. Now i realise what a special place NZ is. Thanks for the memories. Murray.

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