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Southern lights a photo delight

The Amalfi Coast.
The Amalfi Coast.
Cam Currie in front of the Al Khazneh or The Treasury.
Cam Currie in front of the Al Khazneh or The Treasury.
Tintern Abbey.
Tintern Abbey.
View from the road while driving around The Amalfi Coast.
View from the road while driving around The Amalfi Coast.
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.
The road cut into the hill for 50km's of the coastline.
The road cut into the hill for 50km's of the coastline.
Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar.
Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar.
A snow capped peak.
A snow capped peak.
Sunrise over the Annapurna Ranges, Nepal
Sunrise over the Annapurna Ranges, Nepal
Sunset in the British Virgin Islands near Soper's Hole.
Sunset in the British Virgin Islands near Soper's Hole.
Sunset in County Kerry, Ireland.
Sunset in County Kerry, Ireland.
The boulders at The Baths in the British Virgin Islands.
The boulders at The Baths in the British Virgin Islands.
The clearest freshwater in the world, at Blue Lake in the Nelson Lakes region.
The clearest freshwater in the world, at Blue Lake in the Nelson Lakes region.
View from above the Trekking outpost of Khare, Nepal.
View from above the Trekking outpost of Khare, Nepal.
Ice Festival, Harbin China.
Ice Festival, Harbin China.
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.
Melnik, Bulgaria.
Melnik, Bulgaria.
SEASIDE BEAUTY: St Abb's Head, Scotland.
SEASIDE BEAUTY: St Abb's Head, Scotland.
Port Jackson, Coromandel, NZ
Port Jackson, Coromandel, NZ
The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.
The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.
The Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
The Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
MOUNTAIN JEWEL: Chiavenna, in northern Italy.
MOUNTAIN JEWEL: Chiavenna, in northern Italy.
Sunset on Kuta Beach, Bali.
Sunset on Kuta Beach, Bali.
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.
The layered landscape of the Grand Canyon. This image was taken almost directly into the sun at sunset.
The layered landscape of the Grand Canyon. This image was taken almost directly into the sun at sunset.
Fisherman at sunrise in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Fisherman at sunrise in Hoi An, Vietnam.
ANCIENT PATH: China's Great Wall.
ANCIENT PATH: China's Great Wall.
Lake Clearwater in all it's beauty.
Lake Clearwater in all it's beauty.
Christ Church in Malacca, Malaysia.
Christ Church in Malacca, Malaysia.
Just another day in Cromwell, Central Otago.
Just another day in Cromwell, Central Otago.
Lanterns, South Korea.
Lanterns, South Korea.
LAND HO!: The MV Ventura sailing into Akureyri, Iceland.
LAND HO!: The MV Ventura sailing into Akureyri, Iceland.
SEA VOYAGER: P&O's Ventura in Geiranger, Norway.
SEA VOYAGER: P&O's Ventura in Geiranger, Norway.
SAILING THE WORLD: P&O's MV Aurora in Ny Alesund, Norway.
SAILING THE WORLD: P&O's MV Aurora in Ny Alesund, Norway.
Temple, South Korea.
Temple, South Korea.
Long Beach, California.
Long Beach, California.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
CHARMING: Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
CHARMING: Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
My husband Tane in the Swiss Alps, near Zermatt, Switzerland.
My husband Tane in the Swiss Alps, near Zermatt, Switzerland.
Middle Earth sunsets in Queenstown.
Middle Earth sunsets in Queenstown.
The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia.
The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia.
Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard, France.
Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard, France.
A beach haven, Sarande in Albania.
A beach haven, Sarande in Albania.
Berat is the oldest city in Albania. It is also known as The White City.
Berat is the oldest city in Albania. It is also known as The White City.
The country's bronze liberation statue.
The country's bronze liberation statue.
BREATHTAKING: Sunset in Chinchero, Peru.
BREATHTAKING: Sunset in Chinchero, Peru.
BEAUTY: Chinchero's San Pedro church.
BEAUTY: Chinchero's San Pedro church.
TRANQUIL: Hangzhou, China's, West Lake.
TRANQUIL: Hangzhou, China's, West Lake.

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.

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