The magic world of Luma, Queenstown

During some moments in time, recent time that is – less years in fact than can be counted on one hand alone, Queenstown Botanic Gardens changes in ways that only manifest on a few early winter nights each June.

With the onset of a dusk, hand-in-hand with sub zero temperatures, thousands of people can be seen walking the icy paths to the public gardens in a corner of Queenstown Bay.

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

There among the trees and ice covered waters magic unfolds as children and adults alike enter a realm where lights float and dance in and on the reflections of ice covered waters – places where minds come alight with imagination.

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

The by now beguiled wanderers will often be prone to stumbling bought on by magic imbalances, and the spells of wandering fairies.

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

And for every score of steps stumbled or walked, another “experience” comes to light.

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

Deeper in the forest it becomes even more immersive – lights climb trees, reflections dance on the forest floor like bright leaves in an autumn wind – a wind that carries beguiling music to which the lights dance.

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens

 

Inspired by the LUMA Southern Light Project – Queenstown Gardens. All images © Donald Lousley southernlight.co.nz photography

Art exhibition by Eion Shanks at Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka

Last night a friend of mine from Oamaru [and ex Wanaka], Eion Shanks opened an exhibition of his paintings at Rippon Vineyard last night.

As well as owning a couple of his earlier works, which I really enjoy, I saw a few of the below at the Forester Galley in Oamaru back in March and thought it’d be nice to share them here.

One of the delights of a visit to the vineyard is the stunning view of Lake Wanaka, the rows of vines, and Ruby Island…
Rippon Vineyard - dusk


The entry door to Rippon Vineyard’s tasting building, which is also a popular venue for numerous events…
Rippon


The tasting room main area…Rippon


Some of Eion’s work…
Rippon - Eion Shanks Exhibition


Rippon - Eion Shanks Exhibition


Rippon - Eion Shanks Exhibition


There are also some landscape style works at the exhibition, but due to lighting and composition being compromised by people enjoying them, they’re not featured here.