Valley of Vines

This is the far end of Gibbston Valley, where I grew up. My parents own the red house near the base of the Nevis Bluff in the distance, where Trey Ratcliff and his family came to visit in October last year:


A few days ago, I had the idiotic idea to climb "Mini Mount Rosa" — The actual Mt Rost is the mountain on the right hand side of the frame.

I say it was idiotic, cause the climb nearly killed me. My car is that little white spec in the bottom left corner near the collection of trees.


I can think of no better place to spend my teenage years... All the backroads were our dirt bike tracks, the vines were where we went hunting for rabbits.


We got into a fair bit of trouble for being 'distruptive' too, haha. 8 years ago, when we started building, we were the only residents in the entire development. We used to shoot 15+ rabbits a night, spend all day speeding up and down the roads on bikes and practice our drifting skills in my first car.

Your know... The typical kiwi lifestyle ;-)


These days, its a little more laid back. But still, having this sort of scenery less than 30km out of Queenstown isnt bad.


As a side note to any potentail visitors to the area, I'm happy to have any of you out to Gibbston for a BBQ and assorted collection of fun activities. Just contact me!

Matthew Taylor (taylorphotography on Flickr) is visiting in the next week or two — Really looking forward to it!




Find me on Facebook & Twitter, allways keen to mett new and like minded people!

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  • ffrg0 5y

    Excellent processing as always, maybe i would desaturate blues a bit.
  • Codie Westphall 5y

    Green and blue again!
    I'm in agree-ance but I may suggest a muted look for the whole image. Might capture the mood of the photo more, which is what I feel is lacking.

    Also my eye doesn't know where to go. What's the focal point?

    Don't mean to be critical But I ask myself the same stuff too. And I know its hard to avoid blue/green in our neck of the woods but still try experiment :D
  • Eden Brackstone 5y

    Codie Westphall Hmmm.... Indeed, see grass is green and the sky is usually blue ;-P

    Interesting you mention the focal point, dad said the exact opposite, haha...
    I was actually going for the most natural look possible, didn't have a lot to work with given the lack of clouds, etc.

    Cheers for the feedback guys :-)
  • Gunter Hartnagel PRO 5y

    Fantastic colours!
  • Eden Brackstone 5y

    Gunter Hartnagel Cheers :-)
  • Nick Long 4y

    I want to be there. Right now.
  • itravelNZ® - the best smartphone travel app for New Zealand :-) 3y

    Hello Eden, great photo!
    We liked it very much and have included it in our itravelnz iPhone/Android app so plenty of other travellers can enjoy it too!
    Currently it is under listing “Gibbston River Trail”
    As requested by CC license all your credentials are listed there.
    The app is free to download - please check it out.
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