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April 24, 2006
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Essential New Zealand by StephaniePride Essential New Zealand by StephaniePride
Of all the photos I took while I was in New Zealand, this is the one that best sums up my feelings for the place.

Dramatically beautiful, kinda rural, very green and very, very damp.

I should point out that I spent my visit almost entirely on the South Island. On the West Coat, in Greymouth. I was there for a year. I think there were about ten fine days during that time. But on those days... it was just unbelievably beautiful. I went for very long walks on those days, and came back full of the wonders of nature (and very muddy shoes). I was also slighly overwhelmed by the green-ness of it all. It always stuck me as being a bit too much. All that green was too gaudy. It was a relief to come back to Australia where everything is in shades of brown and gold and water was something precious that it is a crime to waste (literally a crime these days).

Anyway I took this photo on my second last day there. In point of fact I took this photo from inside the Bus on my way to Picton to catch the ferry to Wellington for my flight home. So if you think the sheep might look a little blurry It's because the camera was moving at 100km/h... On that trip I was absolutely fascinated by the effect of the mist in the mountains that you can see there. the way they were just dim sillouhettes looming, like some kind of shadow puppets. That is what I tried to capture and why I attempted to take photos from a fast moving vehicle on a bumpy road ;) . I think this photo is what I was trying to achieve.

Anyway I hope you like it :)

Oh BTW, if anyone wants to use it for anything, go ahead. Just let me know :)
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SugarItch Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! I've used this beautiful photo as the reference for a painting I'm doing :D… current WIP - I'll comment again when I've finished it :)
StephaniePride Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Please let me know when it is finished. I'd love to see it :)
hobbitchef Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
ah i miss new zealand...didn't live there but family did and i got to visit for two weeks a while back

best two weeks of my life
StephaniePride Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a beautiful place :nod:
sassyeggs Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
i'm so insanely jealous of you. it's my dream to go to new zealand....silver lining though, i would want to spend my time on the north island. so i no longer feel the need to maim you out of envy:D
StephaniePride Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's a relief! :D

I hope you get there one day. It's a beautiful place :nod:
sassyeggs Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
it's one of the most beautiful places in the world i think. and on top of that, it has sentimental value as 2 of the most important things in my life were filmed there.
Shane-Halley Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006  Professional Artist
Love the pic. Makes me home-sick, in a good way!
StephaniePride Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thankyou :)
Are you a Kiwi or does it remind you of somewhere else?
Shane-Halley Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006  Professional Artist
Somewhere else but it looks very similar. U.S. Oregon up in the mountains.
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