One Word to describe this blog post your about to see: Magic.
Im trying really hard not to sound narcissistic when I say that but it is truly what I think when I flick through these images. Shelvin, Steven and Lake Tekapo. You all make quite the team and every time I go through these Im taken aback to this beautiful trip down South.
My Job takes me to some pretty incredible places! And the fact that most of these places are simply an hour flight from my home here in Auckland continually blow my mind.
Shelvin and Steven flew all the way from Jakarta Indonesia to get a glimpse at this beautiful country I call home. They flew into Christchurch with Shelvin's Family, picked up their rental car and drove out to meet me in Tekapo. I had never been to Lake Tekapo before but from what I heard, I was about to lose my mind. And I did.
I drove down a day early to spend the night camping with a good friend of mine. We mistakingly didn't pack a sufficient mattress. Our only separation between the earth and us was the tent floor, a yoga mat and various clothing items we laid down in hopes of creating some sort of cushioning (they didn't work). We basically slept on Pinecones and we spent the entire night in fits of laughter at our sheer stupidity in thinking a single yoga mat was sufficient enough for a good nights sleep. We felt very connected to the earth (and rather tired) when we awoke early the next day to the sound of the loudest birds in the entire world (or what seemed like it). For some reason the sound of morning birds becomes 280% Louder when your camping. We packed up our tent, hopped in the car and went to find breakfast and coffee. Once fuelled by caffeine and carbohydrates we headed off to meet Shelvin and Steven for the photoshoot.
We spent the day in forests, surrounded by flowers, walking along the lakeside and frolicking through long grass. It was a long 8 hour day but with an abundance of beautiful landscapes as far as we could see we weren't struggling to find new places to shoot every time we turned a corner. Shelvin and Steven made for some pretty breathtaking shots, they looked like absolute models and every frame glowed with their beaming smiles. We explored till the sun dipped behind the mountains and after 8 hours called it a day!
As I hopped back in the Car, Eloise at the helm, and set off into the sunset back to Christchurch, I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming sense of joy to live in such an amazing part of the world. I wound down my window, leant out into the warm summer air and closed my eyes letting the wind whip through my hair. NZ road trips do that to you... I also then realised I was about as red as a Lobster and my entire face felt like it was on fire (Always pack sunscreen Kids).
So, Wheres your next Journey taking you? Close to home? Or across the Globe? Wherever you go, always appreciate what a magnificent world we live in. Treat it well. Be Adventurous. Don't be afraid to wander.
CREATE. CONNECT. EXPLORE.