Some poorly timed trips this month meant I missed the best of the swell and managed an injury that kept me dry for a few weeks ,Spewing!
Stayed a night at St Bathans haunted hotel The Vulcan for a some what uneasy sleep , then on to Tekapo for a few days of snow and finally some clear skies on the last night.
Landscape was my main focus this month and after many kms here is the pick of them!
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The Blue lake St Bathans, the Vulcan hotel is about 1 min walk from here and is said to be haunted by a "lady of the night" named The Rose who was strangled and robbed of her bag of gold..
The Rose rented room 1 to ply her trade but meet her untimley death in the1880s.
Guests and staff report mysterious shadows at the end of the bed , lights going on and off , drops in tempature and the odd sighting of the spirit sitting in a chair in the dinning room.
Whilst i experianced none of the above you couldnt help but feel a little uneasy being the only one staying in the motel that night !
The east swell at the start of the month seemed to last forever !
A few chilly starts
Lit 1st of January 1884 The Waipapa point Lighthouse was built in response to the wreck of a passenger ship Tararua on the reefs surrounding Waipapa point on the 29th of April 1881 . It claimed 131 lives .
It was automated in 1975 and has been solar powered since 1988.
Around Tuapeka Mouth
Morning fog at The Nuggets
Lake Tekapos the Church of the Good Shepherd, which, in 1935, was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin.
Being the most photographed church in Nz i arrived pre dawn after a good dump of snow to get this shot before the snow was disturbed by th 100s of tourists that flock here daily!
I preferred to shoot the church at night
Snow day Lake Tekapo
Lone tree Tuapeka Mouth
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