Spirit Of Place

Ben Lomond Queenstwon New Zealand

It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ Most travelers hurry too much…
~Lawrence Durrell

Photo details (Location: Ben Lomond Walk in Queenstown, New Zealand):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 500, F20, 1/100 sec., no camera filter, no flash.

I found it tough, if not impossible, to capture the value of this Queenstown scenery in a single photo; so I took my time for two more panoramas (please click on all images for a bigger version). Do you take your time when travelling to soak up the spirit and beauty of a place, or do you rush on to see as many things as possible?

Ben Lomond Walk Queenstown New Zealand

Photo details (180° panorama of Ben Lomond Walk in Queenstown):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 200, F8, 1/250 sec., no camera filter, no flash.
Stitched out of 5 single frames.

Ben Lomond Walk Queenstown New Zealand

Photo details (360° panorama of Ben Lomond Walk in Queenstown):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 200, F9, 1/250 sec., no camera filter, no flash.
Stitched out of 17 single frames.

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