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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Fires of Mordor

I took this image near Queenstown, New Zealand looking across Lake Wakatipu  toward the Remarkables mountain range. The sky was not looking favorable for much of a sunset shot and then a break in the clouds allowed me to see the front of the Remarkables bathed in the last light sandwiched between the lower clouds and a fog bank just above the lake surface. I named this shot "The Fires of Mordor" as it had the foreboding feeling straight out of the Lord of the Rings books.

The Fires of Mordor
The Fires of Mordor
Queenstown, New Zealand
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20 comments:

Kerri said...

Absolutely amazing!
Consider it "stumbled" :)

Mom of M&Ms said...

Seriously perfect shot.. Don't ya love being in the right place at the right time with a camera ready to shoot!!!! That shot made my day!

Hoping that you will link up with Flowers on Saturday again...Having issues with the button but hope to still see ya there!

Wanda said...

A very beautiful and foreboding shot... Just pulls you in and you want to hear a haunting story, and feel the goosebumbs running up your arms... Love a picture that does something to the emotions. You got it here.

Indrani said...

Whoa! Glad you captured the moment.
Lot of mystery there.

Barbara/myth maker said...

Stunning shot, rightly named.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Gorgeous tones, composition, and light.

ladyfi said...

Wow - this is stunning!

Fotobloggen 2011 said...

a perfect composition with the clouds round the mountains in the sun. Must be wonderful to experience "live". Thanks for showing!

Christina, sweden

Antonina said...

Amazing shot!

Snowcatcher said...

Took my breath away! It does indeed look as if it came straight out of a fantasy book. How awesome that you not only got to see it in real life, but captured it so magnificently!

Regina said...

Awesome!

Happy SWF

Gary said...

That's really well done John. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Johnny Nutcase said...

hot damn look at that! hardly looks real- talk about some perfect timing on your part - very cool!

Al said...

"Remarkables"is the right word here. Incredible, one of the best mountain photos I've seen. Mordor, indeed!

Dave said...

John.. of course you need to be there to get the shot, however you then need to execute it... this is stunning.

Could be a long time until you get another chance for the elements to cast that little bit of magic for a moment or two.

Dave

Amila Kanchana said...

Good choice of title,great photo!

Joyful said...

That's a very cool photo. What a break you had, literally and figuratively, to capture this photo ;-)

Walk in New York said...

la lumiere est tout simplement magnifique

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Clavs said...

That's amazing!
I am your new follower here...tnx! and have a nice day!

Niamh Griffin said...

That's an incredible picture, and aptly titled too, you can easily imagine some terrible creatures following the clouds!