Landscape Photography: Mount Sunday

I love winter hiking, the air is crisp, the mountains are snowy (although not as snowy as I’d like – it’s been a bit of a mild winter!), the sky is almost unbelievably blue, and the light has a slightly golden tone to it. All in all, a perfect recipe for photography.

These images are from a visit to Mount Sunday, and the Ashburton Lakes area. I was introduced to Mount Sunday by Andrei & June who asked me to photograph their wedding here back in March. I knew at first sight of the place that I would HAVE to come back in winter to take some landscapes, and it didn’t disappoint.

As you can see from the panorama image, Mount Sunday is a very small nugget of rock nestled in the middle of a glacial valley, it’s a short (but steep) walk and provides a beautiful view of the headwaters of the Rangitata from the top.

Mount Sunday, Edoras, Ashburton Lakes, Canterbury New Zealand
Panorama of Mount Sunday
Mount Sunday, Edoras, Rangitata River, Canterbury, New Zealand
The view from Mount Sunday towards the headwaters of the Rangitata River.
Lake Roundabout, Ashburton Lakes, Canterbury, New Zealand.
View over Lake Roundabout on the way to visit Mount Sunday
Tussock and stream, near Mount Sunday, Ashburton Lakes, New Zealand. Edoras.
Late afternoon sunlight on some tussock on the approach to Mount Sunday, in the Canterbury High Country, New Zealand.

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Landscape Photography: Cass

I’ve wanted to visit the little red railway station at Cass since I fell in love with Rita Angus’ painting (simply titled Cass, 1936) when I was a teenager studying Art History.

It was – and still is! – my favourite painting. It has a rhythm in the foothills and mountains that speaks of her joy in the place, and the striking shade of red that the station is painted is so iconic in rural New Zealand.

I have seen the roadsign that points to Cass from the main road to Arthur’s Pass and always thought “I should really stop there one day…”. Well, that day finally came.

We were on an escape-from-the-city driveabout to the mountains and as soon as I wistfully said “I’ve always wanted to visit there…” as we were once again driving past the road sign Greg said “Let’s do it!”, and turned the car around. I’m so glad he did, it totally exceeded my expectations and was barely changed (other than the size of the trees!) from when Rita Angus painted it.

I took a bunch of shots (some of which I have in mind for a mosaic piece) but my favourite is the straight-on shot using my Lensbaby Muse (with single glass optic) which gives it an air of softness and nostalgia. The Lensbaby’s system of creating blur also suggests a bit of movement, a subtle homage to the joyous movement Rita Angus has put into the hills and mountains in her painting.

Cass Station, Canterbury, New Zealand. Art Photography by Astrid Erasmuson.

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Landscape Photography:Yachts at Diamond Harbour

The yachts looked like toys arranged amidst a model landscape, the harbour an eye-catching shade of teal and the sky softened by fluffy candy-floss clouds… I couldn’t resist!

Yachts at Diamond Harbour, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand

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Landscape Photography: Jetty at Port Levy, Banks Peninsula

The winter sun sparkling off the ocean, the slight fog on the ocean making the silhouette of the jetty that much more solid… all in all a particularly magical day.

This jetty is located in Port Levy, on Banks Peninsula in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Jetty at Port Levy, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Boatsheds at Port Levy, Banks Peninsula

I was really drawn to the symmetry of these sheds on the jetty at Port Levy, on Banks Peninsula. The lighting on this stunning winter day was just perfect too and the slight fog on the water just added to the magical atmosphere of the day.

Boatsheds at Port Levy, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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