a stormy sunset on Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, like many lakes and bodies of water in New Zealand, is known for its stunning bright aqua color. but when we first arrived to set up camp [late, thanks to our car having been broken into the night before and encountering brushfire detours along the way] we were greeted with a rainstorm.

we set up our tents while the rain came and went. and by the time we were finished, a rainbow had appeared and the light was turning golden on the nearby mountains.

it was at this point we were faced with a choice: take pictures or make dinner.

well, obviously I voted to take pictures.

the views from our campground were stunning. summer flowers were in bloom and photogenically covered in drops from our little rainstorm. the sun was reflecting off the mountains and the lake.

completely worth eating grilled cheese in the dark.

if we had more time, I would have loved to extend our camping stay at Lake Tekapo. [ok, I would have loved to extend our time anywhere in New Zealand.] but "Lake T" as we affectionately named her will always have a special place in my heart. she was our first foray into the mountains, our first camping stop, the site of our first hike, and our first and unforgettable experience of New Zealand's natural beauty.

linking up with Bonnie, Amanda, Caity, Michelle, and Marcella for travel tuesday

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