The Lone Tree, Otago.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Nigel Moyes · · From Snapped: Your Top 3 in 2014
Travelled to New Zealand in the deep south mid winter and shot this dawn image of the famous Lone Tree – it was very chilly around minus 2 and I was lucky that the birds were staying nice and still on the tree for the shot.
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via ABC OPEN: Lone Tree. || From Project: Snapped: Your Top 3 in 2014.

Reflection on Lone Tree, Lake Wanaka.

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In May 2015, Your Shot member Yusri Salleh took his “first photo adventure,” a ten-day trip to New Zealand, where he captured this image of the famed lone tree of Lake Wanaka.
Setting the scene required some consideration. “When we arrived at the planned location, there were almost 30 photographers there!” writes Salleh. “The fog was too thick and the color was dull.
A black-and-white image was the best option for the situation.
I wanted the image to be moody, quietly [mysterious], and different.
Source: Lone Tree in a Lake Image, New Zealand – National Geographic Photo of the Day

Mount Ngauruhoe by Jules Drayton.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Jules Drayton, (United Kingdom).
Mount Ngauruhoe is an active volcano, made up from layers of lava and tephra, she rises to 2291m.
It is the youngest vent in the Tongariro National Park and first erupted about 2,500 years ago.
Although seen by most as a volcano in its own right, it is technically a secondary cone of Mount Tongariro.
The volcano lies between the active volcanoes of Mount Tongariro to the north and Mount Ruapehu to the south, to the west of the Rangipo Desert and 25 kilometres to the south of the southern shore of Lake Taupo.
Source: Mount Ngauruhoe 4/4 – Landscape & Rural Photos – Jules’s Photoblog

Glowworms turn Cave into Starry Sky.

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By venturing into the 30-million-year-old limestone caves on New Zealand’s North Island, photographer Joseph Michael was able to capture magical images of the glowworms that call this place home.
Against the natural backdrop that the cave provides, it looks as though there are hundreds of miniature, blue-tinted stars, but this is actually the work of glowworms known as Arachnocampa luminosa.
Using a long-exposure method, the photographer was able to capture the glowworm larvae and their enchanting light in a way that makes the limestone formation look as though it’s an indoor, starry sky.
In the close-up photos, you may notice that something is hanging from the bioluminescent gnat larva.
Glowworm7These are the twinkling larvae’s nests, which are composed of up to 70 silk threads that contain droplets of mucus.
In order to attract prey into these threads, the larvae glow bright, but not all continue to do so once they become adults. Male glowworms will stop glowing a few days after emerging from the nest, while the females’ glow will increase in order to attract a mate.
With this in mind, it seems that the photographer caught the glowworms at the perfect time for his Luminosity series.
Read more via Glowworms Transform a New Zealand Cave into an Enchanting Starry Sky – My Modern Met.

‘Owls’ by John Pusateri.

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Using pencils, charcoal, and pastels artist John Pusateri creates near photo-realistic drawings of beautifully colored owls.
Pusateri currently teaches in the Department of Architecture at Unitec, New Zealand and  has a number of works available through Seed Gall.
owl-4See more from this owl series in his portfolio. (via devid sketchbook, thnx jessica)
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via Colored Owl Drawings by John Pusateri | Colossal.

Milky Way, Dunedin.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Stefan Mutch, My Shot
This was taken on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, New Zealand.
I was hoping to capture some aurora activity.
There was no aurora that night, but there was high humidity, so the light from the city was reflected over the entire sky, even though we were well away from the city.
Instead of the usual gold or orange glow, the sky took on a red hue that was clearly visible to the naked eye.
Stefan Mutch via Photo of the Day: Best Pictures of April 2013, Gallery – National Geographic.