We started this month wondering just how cold it was going to be and fully expected to be rugged up in clothing suitable for sub-zero temperatures and snow boots on. Well, nothing, not even a flake of snow at our level, very disappointing for us but I'm sure the locals were very happy about the situation. There have certainly been some very hard frosts but with a steady breeze this month there have been no hoar frost opportunities to photograph.
The flip side of the hard frost mornings are some absolutely beautiful days to go walking. We found some tracks that are off the normal tourist radar so found ourselves high up in the hills looking over the surrounding area or hugging the Lake Wakatipu coastline near Queenstown.
The end of the month has definitely seen a change in the weather patterns and we have been experiencing some very wet days with a cold wind. No doubt these have been great for the ski fields and, I suspect, herald some colder and stormy weather for August. If that eventuates then I will most definitely be in photography overload as the stormy skies really do offer something magical to an image.
We've stayed closer to base this month so a lot of the imagery is taken within a 50km radius of Cromwell. Next month we intend to venture further afield walking and photographing through Mt Aspiring National Park, Glenorchy, Lake Wakatipu and the Routeburn Track. If I'm right on the weather then I had better make sure I have plenty of bags to protect the camera gear from rain!
Until next month, here are a few of this months favourite images.