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Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-27
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-03 3:58
Viewed: 4428
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lake Wanaka is located in the Otago region of New Zealand, at an altitude of 300 metres. Covering an area of 192 kmē, it is New Zealand's fourth fourth largest lake, and estimated to be more than 300 m (1,000 feet) deep. Its name is Māori, a corruption of Oanaka ('The place of Anaka', a local tribal chief).

At its greatest extent, which is roughly along a north-south axis, the lake is 42 kilometres long. Its widest point, at the southern end, is 10 kilometres. The lake's western shore is lined with high peaks rising to over 2000 metres above sea level. Along the eastern shore the land is also mountainous, but the peaks are somewhat lower.

Wanaka lies in a u-shaped valley formed by glacial erosion during the last ice age, more than 10,000 years ago. It is fed by the Matukituki- and Makarora Rivers, and is the source of the Clutha River. Nearby Lake Hawea lies in a parallel valley carved by a neighbouring glacier eight kilometres to the east. At their closest point (a rocky ridge called The Neck), the lakes are only 1,000 metres apart.

Numerous small islands (notably Rabbit Island, Stevensons Island and Harwich Island) are to be found at the southern end of the lake, with some now serving as ecological sanctuaries, for example for buff weka in case of Stevensons Island. The only flat land around the lake is also to be found here, surrounding the outflow into the Clutha River. The towns of Wanaka and Albert Town are situated here.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 10:40 a.m.
Date: 27th May 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/14
Focal Length: 35mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 400
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-03 5:17]

Hello Pam,
Again such a wonderful view from a New Zealand landscape. You have chosen an excellent point of view, amazing detail with the tree in the water. I like the fine colours a lot too. Magnifique!
Best regards

Hello Pam! Very nice photo. Very beautiful place. Greetings from Poland!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-04 13:49]

Amazing depth of colour, Pam. And the composition works very nicely. Love the notes too

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