DescriptionThe crystal clear Kawarau River flows from Lake Wakatipu, in northwestern Otago, New Zealand.In the 19th century, gold was extracted from this river.Today it is a major adventure tourism destination.The world's first commercial bungy-jumping site is near here.This river was also featured as a movie set for the 'Pillars of the King' in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Kevin W. Smith, Honolulu Member Since April 2008 Artist Statement A nature lover all my life....a photographer from age 12. Eariy inspirations from Westerns at the Saturday matinees. Often shot in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, these horse operas were the vehicle for some of the world's greatest landscape photographers.They moved me to seek out similar scenes on our boyhood adventures. Years later Bruce Brown's "The Endless Summer" would widen our horizons. Since I've settled here the majority of my images have been of Hawaii but last year we discovered another photographer's paradise. The Bavarian Alps. The previous year we discovered the equally beautiful light of New Zealand's Southern Alps. If you wish you may visit my website at SKYSTUDIOHAWAII.com to view more images of these wonderful alpine regions. Many thanks to those who have taken the time to visit my galleries and leave comments. And a special thank you to my customers - may your new found treasure give you a lifetime of pleasure.