SundayStills 2021 – my favourite #Landscapes from around the world

Croatia landscapes:

Such happy travel memories of our Croatian trip.Plitvice lakes and Krka waterfalls – so many water-scapes and waterfalls.  Walking alongside, walking across, around and above the waterfalls was a magical experience.  Water, water everywhere.  

“Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water.

And when we got to Krka we could swim close to the waterfalls. How lucky were we to have this experience when we visited in 2018. 

2020 was the final year in which visitors to Krka National Park were able to swim in Skradinski Buk, the largest and most-popular water asset situated there. From January 2021, the practice of swimming in this section of the park has been banned.

“Krka National Park is situated along the Krka River in southern Croatia. It’s known for a series of 7 waterfalls.  Skradinski buk is one of the most attractive parts of the park. It is a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. It is the lowest of the three sets of waterfalls formed along the Krka river.  In an area 400 m in length and 100 m in width there are 17 waterfalls and the total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 47.7 m. 

Swedish landscapes

Where my Swedish family live in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Sweet memories of our most recent overseas trip in 2018 – who knows when we will return?

NZ landscapes
A little closer to home – these images of the South Island of New Zealand are special to me as a ‘mainlander’. Taken over several road trips around the South Island in differing seasons, each has been a particular highlight.

Aoraki, Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo- the magical mountains and lakes of the Mackenzie region. 
Aoraki / Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Its height, as of 2014, is listed as 3,724 metres (12,218 feet). It lies in the Southern alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island.”

Hurunui Hinterland – we explored the Hurunui River from the source at Lake Sumner, a remote high country lake through the hinterland and Canterbury Plains to the Culverden basin and thence to the coastline of the Pacific. 

“The Hurunui River is one of the most diverse braided rivers in Canterbury. It has two main branches, each with distinctive attributes originating east of the Main Divide in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Some 150km long, the total catchment area of the river is 2671 km2.”

My last image has to be an especially favourite landscape though – it is the point of light at the end of the beach where I live.  No matter how far I’ve travelled,  there is no landscape like the one I live in – at home.

And that is the point of this post.

The Point of light – Ohingaroa Bay

11. Trespassing in paradise

How did I deserve this? To be wandering through paradise with camera in hand. Awe- inspiring scenery every which way I look.

 I  was on a special mission. I was looking for my phojo. I had lost it a while back when the busyness of life interrupted my self imposed obsession.

 My mission was to recapture my passion.  Just one look at the passing scenery and I was hooked all over again. 

Feeling like a trespasser in paradise, I revelled in the expansive vistas surrounding me. Emotive superlatives flooded my mind.  I was back in my happy place.

 Later, in front of my laptop, I was excited to find my phojo was back in full force. Editing decisions abound. Which images shall I keep? Which images will I edit.  How many should I share?

 My phojo is back from where it was hiding, right back where it has always been, patiently waiting for the right time and place to return. 

The majestic mountains and lakes of the Mackenzie have worked their magic on me. I’m not trespassing at all. I’m rediscovering  New Zealand/ Aotearoa again. 

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.\

7. Unreal reflections

Crazy corrugated cottage
My world is turned upside down 

How did I get here?
How could this happen?

It was just before lunchtime when the dizziness began  Maybe low blood sugar is the cause. 
Or just maybe this reflects my current confusion. 

My house is a mirage. Where is the entrance?
Why do I have this sinking feeling?

I can’t find the earth beneath my feet. 
I’m floundering in the stream. 
Splashing my way out of here. 
Will be quite a feat. 
In an upside down world

This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.\