Wakatipu Basin New Zealand April 2017 (7 photos)

This is part 8 of my New Zealand series of posts.

One morning on the way from Queenstown to Skippers Canyon, I came across a beautiful sight. To the right was a valley immersed in fog and mist dwarfed by surrounding hills and mountains. I particularly liked the dominant but lonely looking mountain in the background towering above the band of low cloud.

The valley is part of the larger Wakatipu Basin, a plain surrounded by mountains in Central Otago, in the southern South Island of New Zealand. In the common tongue, this particular smaller valley and region are known as Dalefield.

Mesmerised by the sight before me and cognisant of the evanescent nature of mist and fog, I took more than a few photos.

Dale(field), surrounded by misty mountains in the shadow of a lonely mountain.

Someone should write a book about this.

Oh wait, they did…

Thank you J.R.R. Tolkien.

I would have stayed longer but this dragon had to fly…

As some of you have noticed, my New Zealand post: Dragon tales of Middle Earth: Somewhere in Otago was featured a couple of days ago on WordPress’ Discover site. My sincere thanks to the editors for choosing my post.

This is part 8 of my New Zealand series of posts.

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Dragon tales of Middle Earth: The Misty Valley


103 thoughts on “Dragon tales of Middle Earth: The Misty Valley

  1. Of course you had to take more than a few photos. Once in a lifetime moment to be there 😀 I suppose the clouds were drifting before your eyes too. It really is amazing how this all looks like a place out of thousands of years ago….just brilliant. Very lucky with the lighting there.

    Congrats on the feature 🙂

    • It was a case of park the car anywhere, jump out and photograph. Everything was changing quickly including the light. It looked so very peaceful down there. Almost timeless.

      Thank you very much. The feature came as a surprise.

  2. Heide says:

    Congratulations for being featured on Discovered! Very well-deserved — as your GORGEOUS follow-up post will attest. Simply breathtaking.

  3. J.D. Riso says:

    There’s something mystical about looking down on a misty valley. Like you’re up in heaven. I noticed that your post was featured. Congratulations. Very well deserved.

    • I agree, it does have that sense and perspective about it. Watching and floating.

      Thank you, Julie. I think you were one of the first to notice that first time I was Freshly Pressed. 🙂

  4. Looks like a fairy land. Can a landscape be more beautiful than this? I don’t think so. Of course your site was featured. It’s all well deserved, Draco.

    • I would love to have stayed there longer and even wander down into the fog but that wasn’t possible. It was so idyllic.
      Thank you very much, Paula. Much appreciated. 🙂

  5. WP made a good call. Congratulations, Dragon!!
    Wow, just Wow… makes me wonder how it’s like being there watching the awesome view and fog go by. It must be challenging to climb up there with you gears.

  6. Ah, a dream landscape – and so is the whole country of NZ. Your series is breathtaking, no wonder you were featured – you should be. Splendid photos.

  7. Ah…where did my comment go…? I will give it another chance. Glorious shots of this dreamy landscape – of JRR Tolkien’s. Because it looks almost unreal – which goes for the whole of NZ. Your shots are almost surreal. No wonder you were featured – that is where you belong. Congratulations!

    • I don’t know why but sometimes the comment becomes hidden after you make it. Or maybe it is just slow to register. It has happened to a couple of other people on my blog and it has happened to me on other people’s blogs. Maybe it’s a server issue. Anyway, I found both comments so no problem. Thanks for your visit as always.

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