Lighting The Landscape

This lovely landscape caught my eye as we reached a T-intersection on our way to Ettrick via Moa Flat on Sunday. The scene itself is typically New Zealand – high country pasture being grazed – in this instance by cattle and sheep sharing the same paddock. As lovely as it is, this is scenery we see all the time but Moa Flat is particularly pleasing and the route is a favourite for both of us. The animals were fairly close and the changing light on the landscape was eye-catching so I asked Nigel to turn back and we both took pictures. It was pretty challenging as the wind was gusty, Nigel in particular did very well.

Moa Flat, Central Otago, New Zealand.

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These first four photos are all of the same animals and paddock. By looking at the trees it’s easy to see where each photo is taken in relation to the first one. Only the second photo was taken by me, the rest were all taken by Nigel.

Next photo was taken by Liz.


Looking down on Ettrick. We’ll drive that road you can see on the flats – past orchards and a big packing shed, and then we join the highway and turn left to head deeper into Central Otago.

Text by Liz, photos by Nigel unless otherwise attributed; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. Lovely countryside and the light enhances it. I was just thinking that it reminder me of the Scottish Borders and then I saw the name Ettrick, so I’m evidently not the first person to think that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. There are many, many Scottish names down here in the south including places with streams named ‘burns’ – there’s a whole group named this way like Eweburn, Kyeburn, Sowburn and so on, in Central Otago ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I’m glad you said that – it’s how I saw it too. The scene was so “normal” I dithered about posting the pics but then thought it’s only “normal” for us in NZ and others don’t necessarily view the scene that way. Now we’re in lockdown it’s nice to enjoy the pics anyway as we won’t be driving around like before, only for essentials. Really valuing all photos from previous trips now!

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        1. We moved in here a year ago but overall I’ve spent too much time blogging, especially over winter, so I won’t have more blogging time now – lots of other things I ‘should’ be doing! Also supposed to be building a website for Nigel’s business and I’m only part way through. I’ve been getting more into Twitter as well, it’s quite hard to control time spent online! Still trying to figure it all out.

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