Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Public Pool"--Glenorchy (January 29, 2010)

The first full day in Queenstown was spent (somewhat shamefully! By me and two others) on a Lord of the Rings film location tour that took us along the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu and into the south-western end of Mount Aspiring National Park.

This picture was taken at Glenorchy, at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. We passed through this very small town on the drive out to a patch of native beech forest that was used in several different parts of the LotR film trilogy (for example, the scene where Boromir is shot down by orc arrows). Other highlights in Glenorchy included a shop selling possum-fur everything (including nipple-warmers), and the tiniest public library I had ever seen.

I kept watching these horses to see how far into the lake they would be willing to go. The water in this lake isn't exactly balmy, thanks to its depth (it was, like most of the scenery in this area, carved out by glaciers) and its geographic position. I was impressed that the horses were willing to deal with a frigid dip of this kind.

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