Photographer's Note

Hi all. This is one of those shots I’ve been eying up for a long time. I’ve driven past this scene (as have many NZ’ers) dozens of times and have never stopped for a photo, till now! I think the traffic authorities would rather I didn’t also ;-). This is Lake Taupo as seen from state highway one halfway down the Hatepe Hill, no lay-by or parking area. The island is called Motutaiko.
We have the first colours of Autumn coming through, the poplars are the first to turn. There are willows and for the Ausies there are gums also and the darker lower trees are natives which will eventually grow to full height and take over.
The mid afternoon light wasn’t ideal but when you’re passing through you make do, one day I will make the effort to be here at the right time in the right season to show the scene at its best.
Enjoy, Paul.

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Additional Photos by Paul Bakker (bakes888) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3716 W: 54 N: 4882] (18499)
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