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An overcast day looking out onto Lake Te Anau, Fiordland, New Zealand. One of about six thousand digital images taken during two weeks in February on the South Island...

The only rainy day in our trip was this one, where it bucketed down on our way from Dunedin to Te Anau. The clouds were lifting early in the afternoon, when this photo was taken, giving quite a magical effect out over the lake.

These gulls, perched on disused mooring posts, caught my eye.

From Wikipedia:

"Te Anau is a town in the South Island of New Zealand. It is on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and second only within New Zealand to Lake Taupo. The 2001 census recorded the town's population as 1,857. The town has a wide range of accommodation, with over 3000 beds available in summer. Tourism and farming are the predominant economic activities in the area. Lying as it does at the borders of Fiordland National Park, it is the gateway to a wilderness area famed for tramping and spectacular scenery. Many species of bird life are also found locally, notably the endangered Takahe which can be found at the Fiordland Wildlife Park. Te Anau is connected by highway with Invercargill and Gore to the southeast and east, and Manapouri to the south. Te Anau is the last town passed through when travelling to Milford Sound, which lies 120 kilometres to the north."

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