The history of New Zealand dates back at least 700 years to when it was discovered and settled by Polynesians, who developed a distinct Māori culture centred on kinship links and land. The first European explorer to sight New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman on 13 December 1642. The Dutch were also the first non-natives to explore and chart New Zealand's coastline. Captain James Cook, who reached New Zealand in October 1769 on the first of his three voyages, was the first European explorer to circumnavigate and map New Zealand. From the late 18th century, the country was regularly visited by explorers and other sailors, missionaries, traders and adventurers. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and various Māori chiefs, bringing New Zealand into the British Empire and giving Māori the same rights as British subjects. There was extensive British settlement throughout the rest of the century and into the early part of the next century. War and the imposition of a European economic and legal system led to most of New Zealand's land passing from Māori to Pākehā(European) ownership, and most Māori subsequently became impoverished.
Redfish Lake, near Stanley, Idaho. Love how the Sawtooth Mountains rake the Milky Way! I’ve been so busy with the @NightScaperConference that I haven’t had much time to process my own backlog of nightscapes until now! I shot this in late August, and there was quite a bit of smoke in the area due to the California wildfires, but it helps make for colorful skies.
We were here celebrating our wedding anniversary—this is where my wife and I had our honeymoon many years ago, so it brought back some fond memories.
TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Stacked & Blended • Canon 6D modified with 24mm lens • f/2.8, ISO 8000 • Sky: 8 stacked exposures @ 13 sec each to reduce noise • Blended with a foreground stack of 8 exposures @ 30 sec each to reduce noise (the longer exposure produces a brighter water reflection, and I could care little about star movement in the water reflection, as the water naturally elongates the stars anyway) • Processed with Starry Landscape Stacker, followed by layer blends of the sky and foreground in Photoshop.
REDFISH LAKE is named for the brilliant sockeye salmon that once returned from the Pacific Ocean in such massive quantities that the lake shimmered red during spawning season. Currently, only a small percentage of the wild sockeye succeed in making through the several hydroelectric dams along their route back to the lake to spawn .