Thanks again to everyone for the amazing New Zealand Photo Adventure!

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A Huge Thanks!

Above you can see everyone that joined us… and our final night together at Bendemeer Estates (also below in the daily photo!) and the Woolshed.

Besides my team of Curtis Simmons, Karen Hutton, and Scott Kublin, I’d also like to thank, in no particular order, Touch of Spice, Artisan Catering, Hilton Queenstown Hotel, Tours and Travel New Zealand, The Hills Golf Club, Milford Sound Lodge, and Southern Discoveries!

Just below is a photo of one of the fire dancers that performed for all of us one evening.

Fire Dancer in New Zealand This is a photo of one of the fire dancers that performed for all of us one evening at the New Zealand Adventure workshop!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – The Fields of the Queenstown Valley

See that cloud up there? It’s called a “Lenticular” cloud, and they seem to pop up down here every so often. I have never seen them before I moved here, but this is my first time living in a mountainous environment. Maybe you can tell me if these are common in rocky, mountainy areas!

The Fields of the Queenstown Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-05 14:04:43
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Casper van Zyl

    Sound like you all had a great time,the fire dancer looks as if he is rolling down hill in a fire lit tyre. The clouds look great in the landscape like flying sauces.

  • susan ratcliff

    Oh wow! Looks like you had lots and lots of fun – what a great group! And the photo today is wonderful – soooo beautiful! 🙂

  • I agree with Susan!! The photos are really amazing!! Have a great Saturday!!

  • Trey: the clouds in your beautiful photo look like camouflaged alien space ships:-) Russ

  • thabesh

    nice photo Trey – fields of the queenstown valley!! Those clouds are quite common in areas where mountains fall away to a plains area. I’ve heard them called “wave clouds” and often, it’s easy to see why.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Ben Fewtrell

    Lenticular clouds need mountains to form. It is the warmer air being forced up the mounting into cooler air that makes the cloud. Nice capture by the way!

  • Martin Tyler

    Has anyone posted a whole gallery of photos from this workshop yet? Interested to see the locations

  • Nice photo Trey, Lenticular clouds are common in the South Island. They are best seen with strong and stable winds aloft, perpendicular to a substantial mountain range. So the southern alps combined with the typical ‘nor westerly’ flow that tends to precede a low pressure system west/southwest of the South Island and a front moving in from the Tasman is a good indicator of when they will form here. Far more rare but just as amazing are lenticular clouds over Auckland when there is a roaring easterly over the Coromandel ranges. With our awesome summer this year we have not seen as many ‘wave’ days as usual but rest assured as winter approaches, they will be back!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks !

  • Wow, those clouds are crazy, really make for an interesting picture.

  • Andrea Boyle

    A fire poi dancer in the grass? Uh… I hope it was damp! Oh and those clouds are great! We get them over Mount Shasta in Northern California a lot. It adds to the mystic of the mountain being connected to alien spaceships, which is a common thought by the locals…

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