Wanaka Tree

Known as the “lone tree of lake Wanaka,” it is stated to be one of the most photographed trees throughout New Zealand. Once you can find it, this willow is found at the foothills of Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage Site, acting as a doorway into even more of the astounding landscapes that represent the South Island.

The discovery of gold in the 1860's inspired a rush of interest to the Wanaka area. Later, as the gold dwindled away, high country farming became the primary reason that kept employment alive. In 2017, tourism is the new gold - an endeavor which requires the environment to remain picture perfect.

Shooting details: Hasselblad H6D50c, 35mm HCD @65mm, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/180 sec, hand held.  Last shot of the morning at this location.

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