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New Zealand / April 25, 2012

7 Super Shots: The New Zealand Edition

After traveling for two years, I have amassed an incredulous number of photos; I get a bit click-happy when I'm exploring new areas and traveling to new places. Some are off center, some a bit out of focus and some, well, they're just perfect. I fancy myself to be a bit of an amateur photographer and I'm happy to present some of my favorites.

I was thrilled to be nominated (twice!) by Noel of Wander2Nowhere and the lovely Devon of Answering Oliver to participate in HostelBookers' 7 Super Shots! Having thousands upon thousands of photos, my decisions to select these photos were difficult. I think 70 Super Shots sounds more suitable (say that five times fast!).

Essentially, I chose one photo that fits each of seven pre-selected categories. Due to the recent influx of new photos, each photo showcased here has been taken within the past year in New Zealand. Here are my seven superest shots.

A photo that…takes my breath away

The particular arrangement of clouds over Lake Tekapo on that day was impressive. This was the perfect place to stop for lunch and a few passages out of Dickens. And an hour long photo-shoot, of course. I simply couldn't get enough of this sky!

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

Bungy Jumping Naked!

So I obviously didn't take this photo, but it still makes me smile (and a lot of girls laugh–or giggle at least). I went bungy jumping with AJ Hackett in Queenstown, NZ last year and somehow got talked into jumping naked. OK, so the girls at the desk were cute…and I have a hard time saying no!

A photo that…makes me dream

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago in far north New Zealand. I swear, at this very moment, heaven and earth collided. It sure looks that way, at least.

A photo that…makes me think

Abel Tasman

Taken in the Abel Tasman National Park, this photo calls to mind the particular vastness of this world. The rippling of the water, the undulation of the sand and the calamity of the clouds have come together in the perfect moment.

A photo that…makes my mouth water

I recently spent some time on Waiheke Island, a small island just outside of Auckland, NZ, dotted with beaches and vineyards. Because Waiheke is most known for its wine, a luxury wine tour seemed to be in order. I spent the day gallivanting through fields of grapes, sampling each vineyard's finest selection of wines.

Though I wasn't fully impressed with Mudbrick's wine, the restaurant (both the food and the venue) were outstanding. Pictured here is a New Zealand lamb back strap with dried grapes and capsicum with a harissa spiced lamb jus. It is supplemented by a cucumber tzatziki with mint and a saffron cous cous with almonds and dried apricots. The golden ball is a lamb nugget with oxtail and lamb sweetbreads. Delish!

A photo that…tells a story

The story of a Frenchman and a Brazilian “mulher” who came to New Zealand and found love.

A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

I was most impressed by the Franz Josef Glacier's rugged skyline. I'm in love with the lines, colors and contrast in this photo! It perfectly represents the personality of the ice. For the full story, click through to this photo essay.

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