5 June 2018

Lake Tekapo & Queenstown, New Zealand in 35mm film


Day is ended, dim my eyes,
but journey long before me lies.
Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
The ship's beside the stony wall.
Foam is white and waves are grey;
beyond the sunset leads my way.
Foam is salt, the wind is free;
I hear the rising of the Sea.

Farewell, friends! The sails are set,
the wind is east, the moorings fret.
Shadows long before me lie,
beneath the ever-bending sky,
but islands lie behind the Sun
that I shall raise ere all is done;
lands there are to west of West,
where night is quiet and sleep is rest.

Guided by the Lonely Star,
beyond the utmost harbour-bar,
I'll find the heavens fair and free,
and beaches of the Starlit Sea.
Ship, my ship! I seek the West,
and fields and mountains ever blest.
Farewell to Middle-earth at last.
I see the Star above my mast!


Bilbo's Last Song / At The Grey Havens   JRR Tolkien



When we arrived in Lake Tekapo on the south island of New Zealand, we both began to feel this sadness and heart ache: we knew that this wonderful adventure on the other side of the world was coming to an end. We only had two weeks left, and so we were taking in as much of the scenery as we possibly could. Long walks along Lake Tekapo, a hike across Queenstown Hill. Breathing in the fresh air. Admiring the flora and fauna. The trees. The bird songs. The curvature of the mountains. We knew we had less than two weeks left in this idyllic environment.

One of the reasons why we wanted to visit New Zealand was because of our love for Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy. I've spoken about how much this means to me in our previous travel posts, but this incredible country truly felt like Middle-Earth for me. The stunning scenery changes from harsh, rocky glaciers to rain forests, black sand beaches to geothermal pools, towering trees to volcanoes - each new location feels like a distant, fantasy land only found in books. But they are real. And they feel magical. How could they not? Mother Nature is a true wonder, a beauty that continues to awe and inspire me daily.

As I look back at these pictures, I can't help but reminisce about my time there. I remember standing at the edge of the sea, whether it be in Milford Sound or on a secluded beach along the west coast, admiring the horizon before me and knowing that I would soon be on my way. Just like Bilbo Baggins, I knew that it was time to bid fair well to Middle-Earth. 

C’est à Lake Tekapo que ces sentiments de chagrin et tristesse ont commencé à m’envahir. J’étais consciente que notre petite aventure a l’autre bout du monde allait bientôt finir, il nous restait seulement deux semaines et donc nous avons tout fait pour profiter de ce magnifique paysage. Des randonnées autour de Lake Tekapo et de Queenstown Hill. S’arrêter pour admirer le faune et la flore, les arbres, les chants des oiseaux.  Les formes des montagnes.

J’ai déjà précisé dans nos articles précédents que c’était à cause de la trilogie des Seigneur des Anneaux de Peter Jackson qu’on voulait visiter la Nouvelle-Zélande. Je considère vraiment ce pays comme Middle-Earth. Le paysage spectaculaire rassemble les montagnes, les volcans, les forets tropicales, des glaciers et les fjords… chaque nouvelle destination ressemble à un lieu qui existe seulement dans les pages d’un livre fantastique. Mais ces lieux sont réels, et on ne peut s’empêcher de sentir la magie quand on y est : c’est la Mère Nature après tout. Ces photos tiennent beaucoup de place dans mon cœur, dès que je les vois je me rappelle tous les sentiments que je ressentais au moment que la photo a été prise. Regardant l’horizon au bord de l’océan ou même d’un lac, sachant que ce voyage allait bientôt se terminer. Comme Bilbo Baggins, je savais qu’il était temps de quitter Middle-Earth.







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