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Southern lights a photo delight

21:01, Nov 11 2012
Albania
The country's bronze liberation statue.
Albania 2
Berat is the oldest city in Albania. It is also known as The White City.
Albania 3
A beach haven, Sarande in Albania.
Peru sunset
BREATHTAKING: Sunset in Chinchero, Peru.
BEAUTY: Chinchero's San Pedro church.
BEAUTY: Chinchero's San Pedro church.
SPECTACULAR: Yann Robert at sunrise on Bolivia's saltflat, the Salar de Uyuni.
SPECTACULAR: Yann Robert at sunrise on Bolivia's saltflat, the Salar de Uyuni.
TRANQUIL: Hangzhou, China's, West Lake.
TRANQUIL: Hangzhou, China's, West Lake.
So Many Happy Snaps
Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard, France.
So Many Happy Snaps
The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia.
The most amazing place
Middle Earth sunsets in Queenstown.
The most amazing place
My husband Tane in the Swiss Alps, near Zermatt, Switzerland.
CHARMING: Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
CHARMING: Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
P&O MV Aurora
SAILING THE WORLD: P&O's MV Aurora in Ny Alesund, Norway.
P&O MV Ventura
SEA VOYAGER: P&O's Ventura in Geiranger, Norway.
P&O MV Ventura
LAND HO!: The MV Ventura sailing into Akureyri, Iceland.
Your Views
Just another day in Cromwell, Central Otago.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
Long Beach, California.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
Lanterns, South Korea.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
Temple, South Korea.
Your Views - Most amazing places
Lake Clearwater in all it's beauty.
Your views - most amazing places
Christ Church in Malacca, Malaysia.
ANCIENT PATH: China's Great Wall.
ANCIENT PATH: China's Great Wall.
Your Views - Places
Fisherman at sunrise in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
The layered landscape of the Grand Canyon. This image was taken almost directly into the sun at sunset.
We visited Andalucia in Southern Spain a few years ago, and saw lots of beautiful sights. The pick of the lot was The Alhambra Palace in Granada, and the filigree work was amazing.
We visited Andalucia in Southern Spain a few years ago, and saw lots of beautiful sights. The pick of the lot was The Alhambra Palace in Granada, and the filigree work was amazing.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
The Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
Sunset on Kuta Beach, Bali.
Chiavenna, in northern Italy.
MOUNTAIN JEWEL: Chiavenna, in northern Italy.
Your Views - Places
Port Jackson, Coromandel, NZ
SEASIDE BEAUTY: St Abb's Head, Scotland.
SEASIDE BEAUTY: St Abb's Head, Scotland.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.
The road to Mount Cook.
The road to Mount Cook.
Panorama of the Hooker Glacier trek.
Panorama of the Hooker Glacier trek.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.
Melnik, Bulgaria.
Most Amazing
Ice Festival, Harbin China.
View from above the Trekking outpost of Khare, Nepal.
View from above the Trekking outpost of Khare, Nepal.
Mount Maunganui Beach
The Blue Hole, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Sunset in the British Virgin Islands near Soper's Hole.
The boulders at The Baths in the British Virgin Islands.
The clearest freshwater in the world, at Blue Lake in the Nelson Lakes region.
Your Views - Most Amazing Places
Sunset in County Kerry, Ireland.
Night fishin in Waitangi
Sunrise over the Annapurna Ranges, Nepal
Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar.
A snow capped peak.
Italy's Amalfi Coast
View from the road while driving around The Amalfi Coast.
Italy's Amalfi Coast
The road cut into the hill for 50km's of the coastline.
Italy's Amalfi Coast
Houses clinging to the hillside around The Amalfi Coast.
Italy's Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast.
Tintern Abbey.
Cam Currie in front of the Al Khazneh or The Treasury.

Nestled on the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin is the township of Lake Tekapo, and on the banks of this lake stands the famous Church of the Good Shepherd.

The church is arguably one of the most photographed in New Zealand, with views out the altar window of the lake and mountains. It is very difficult to get a shot without people in it as its visited at all hours of the day and night and people tend to just spring out of the ground and into your frame just as your about to take the shot.

No one day is quite the same in Tekapo and as a photographer your are spoiled for subject matter (see more photos in the gallery, left).

Known for its clear night skies and lack of light pollution, Lake Tekapo is a haven for astrophotographers.

A short drive from Lake Tekapo is the Mt Cook National Park.

The park covers a little over 700 square kilometres. Glaciers cover 40 per cent of the park area, notably the Tasman Glacier on the slopes of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

This is another photographer's wonderland and pretty near anywhere you point the lens you will find something to capture.

There are few places in New Zealand to rival these two locations and, most of the others, for me, are also in the South Island.

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Church of the Good Shepherd
RELIGIOUS MOMENT: Tekapo's Church of the Good Shepherd.