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Ribbonwood forest and blechnum ferns at Kiwi Lake, Wild Natives Valley, in Fiordland National Park, are pictured in this image (above) from Light & Landscape, The New Zealand Photographs of Andris Apse, published by Potton & Burton.
From stormy seas to snowy peaks, hazy hills to misty valleys, these evocative photographs showcase our country's natural splendour and Apse's ''light'' touch in every sense.
The sun's rays illuminate South Canterbury barley fields and Mackenzie Country tussocks, Marlborough vineyards and sunscorched hills, making them leap from the page in fiery hues of gold; dark brooding clouds are juxtaposed by a silver sliver of sky in the Wairarapa; the lush lime green tops of rolling farmland near Taihape disappear into shadowy folds; the Southern Alps are rendered in soft lilac hues in the gloaming, and the Darran Mountains emerge from the mist to sit as if suspended in mid-air.
This is a gem of a book in every way; moody and magnificent.
- By ODT books editor Helen Speirs