laurenepbath Good morning Australia!! I'm back and I'm already gearing up for a very VERY exciting trip! I'm heading to an area of outback Queensland to host and take part in @queensland 's "World's Biggest Instameet". I'll be in WINTON but other Instagrammers will be kicking around the state in more than 80 different locations. There's a link in my profile that shows you where! We want to collectively smash the WORLD RECORD for biggest instameet! If you are in Winton or know anybody who will be, I'll be hosting two meets on the 4th - at 4:45 AM at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and at 5:00 PM at the Waltzing Matilda Centre. I'll be chatting about my Instagram journey and offering insights into my work. It's going to be EPIC! #thisisqueensland 1d

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laurenepbath I risked life and limb for this shot you guys, scrambling and sliding down slippery rocks to get close to the action, and in the rain! Haha. This is the Mueller Glacier Lake at Mt Cook New Zealand. @christchurchnz #canterburynz 2d

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laurenepbath This is New Zealand! This view literally blew my mind! It's the Tasman Glacier lake as seen from a Heliworks Glacier encounter flight. I can't even describe how amazing this is or how it looks even better in person. @christchurchnz #canterburynz 2d

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laurenepbath Yesterday morning for me was spent out at a sheep and cattle station on Lake Heron! Rounding out my New Zealand trip with "the country" meant I got to see so much! This is Lake Heron station which sits on about a bazillion hectares and has 10,000 heads of Merino sheep. Owner Phil gladly posed looking down on his beautiful land. @christchurchnz #canterburynz 2d

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laurenepbath A rare black and white shot from me - I was fortunate enough to do the Heliworks Glacier Encounter at Mt Cook and I don't think I've ever enjoyed aerial photography so much, or a helicopter ride for that matter! This was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen and so hard to show it's grand scale in a photo. I was awed, I can't recommend this enough! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 3d

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laurenepbath So yeah - this happened! How cute are baby lambs?! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 3d

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laurenepbath Leaving Mt Cook to head to Lake Heron you wouldn't believe the amount of times I jumped out of the car to shoot the roads and mountains! I even snared a shot of a mountain used in The Lord of the Rings! (I'll share later!) I spent the night at Lake Heron Station which has an adorable little Farmstay cottage, and I now know all about sheep! Haha. @christchurchnz #canterburynz 3d
  •   laurenepbath @mollykeanephoto thanks Molly :) 2d
  •   georgieheart Yes @laurenepbath it seems @georgieparker & I r LOTR geeks & online at the same time.... It must be a "Georgie" thing... Gxxx 2d
  •   rwbjj Yep. I'll go back one day. We actually emigrated there and lived there for 18 months before making the difficult decision to return to the uk. I wasn't really into photography at the time, which is a real shame as it's such a beautiful place. 2d
  •   balloonmeister @laurenepbath If you have have the time dig to week 24 of my feed for an interesting NZ shot. 2d
  •   balloonmeister @laurenepbath also in my feed is picture of Sir Edmund Hillary and @jettas attending ECAD at Explorers Club 100th anniversary at Waldorf Astoria in NY. 2d
  •   poeticwordvomit Awesome shot! 2d
  •   camstudio4 So vast around there 2d
  •   bjwr2014 Wow what a gorgeous Capture! 1d

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laurenepbath Good morning from a very still and serene and beautiful New Zealand. @christchurchnz #canterburynz 4d

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laurenepbath Here's an obligatory photo of the Milky Way as shot from this awesome contraption that tracks the movement of stars allowing you to leave your shutter open for longer. This was photographed from the Mount John observatory with the help of their resident astro photographer! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 4d

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laurenepbath This is the view to see! This is right at the start of the Hooker Valley track near the first suspension bridge, about 15 mins from the carpark. It's amazing! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 4d

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laurenepbath This is Mt Cook from the air! Mt Cook stands proudly at 3,754 m and was the training ground for Sir Edmund Hillary's Mt Everest conquest in 1953. It's hard to put the mountain into perspective from the seat of a plane but I can tell you that this beast is HUGE! Mt Cook is more than a thousand meters taller than Australia's tallest peak! Enthralling and I'm a mountain convert! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 4d

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laurenepbath Good morning Instagram - I'm awake super early for some reason (jet lag remnants?) so here's a photo. ;) This is the Mount John observatory at Lake Tekapo where I spent an evening star gazing through some pretty impressive telescopes. This is all a dark sky reserve which makes the experience truly mind blowing! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 5d

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laurenepbath I've got so many epic landscapes of wild glacial lakes, snow capped mountains and far away paths but I thought to myself - what does Instagram really need to see right now?! My answer was this adorable fluffy (so flufffffffy I wanna die!) duckling from the Christchurch botanical gardens. Goodnight guys. @christchurchnz #christchurchnz 5d

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laurenepbath You know how I said I got a rainbow shot over a glacier lake? I wasn't joking! This is Mueller Glacier Lake at Mt Cook New Zealand. We took the Hooker Valley walk to the second suspension bridge and I took so many shots that I love! I don't want to keep rattling on but Canterbury has amazed me, I can't believe this place is so close to home and I've never been. It's like a cross between Canada and Tasmania but different again. I'm in love! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 5d

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laurenepbath New Zealand has blown my mind AGAIN! I just photographed a rainbow across a glacier lake (it will be my next upload for sure) and I might be going up in a helicopter this afternoon! Yeeeeee Haaaaaaaw. In the meantime I'm very curious to see who likes this - I don't think I've ever shot or posted something similar but I really like it. This is the edge of Lake Tekapo from my Air Safari's flight yesterday. @christchurchnz #canterburynz 5d

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laurenepbath Now THIS is New Zealand! I had to go for the classic road shot yesterday on our way to Mount Cook. (Making us late for our glacial tour, haha) Today we've cancelled all our plans and we're just going to take the day to explore the area in the car and hopefully find more gems like this. @christchurchnz #canterburynz 6d
  •   jstrongwater @anniebeth24 I have this EXACT picture. so funny 5d
  •   cheekyman4 Thanks to you @laurenepbath I finally pulled the trigger on a three week New Zealand adventure in February. This photo pushed me over the edge. Thank you :) 4d
  •   jayywai @juneeec I miss home!! 4d
  •   juneeec @jayywai tt absolutely came to my mind yest. :( 4d
  •   hilaromano Looks like painting 3d
  •   camstudio4 Pretty sure this is where I pulled over in our campervan... and nearly got cleaned up by a p***ed off semi driving past 2d
  •   m3ganseee Wow! My pal just recommended you; she told me your story of quick rise to fame thru following your passion! Nice to be here :) cant wait to see more of your great stuff! 8h

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laurenepbath Today I arrived at Mount Cook and my first experience was a trip out to the Tasman Glacier Lake. Not many people realize but I often only get one opportunity to photograph certain places and usually not in the best light. You can see shadow on both the mountain and the lake here but to me that's real, that's what makes my work real. New Zealand has exceeded my expectations today, the mountains and lakes are so beautiful and the water is SO BLUE! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 6d

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laurenepbath OMG!! I keep spelling it wrong - I was taking photos at LAKE TEKAPO! lol. This here is the famous stone church that I had to take a pic of this morning. To be honest I've been enjoying the roads far too much today, we must have pulled over half a dozen times! And I've seen my first glacier lake, arghhhh! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 6d

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laurenepbath I just came off an Air Safari's Scenic Flight over Lake Tepako, Mount Cook and surrounds. Holy moly, New Zealand is more beautiful than I expected! The glaciers, glacial lakes, rolling clouds, snow capped peaks and valleys look amazing from the air! @christchurchnz #canterburynz 6d

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laurenepbath Good morning!! I'm in Lake Tekapo (not Takapo as I sleepily wrote last night) and I've just come back from sunrise, the old stone church on the lake is gorgeous! I'm heading out for a scenic flight now and then having a solo editing party. Haha. Here's a classical New Zealand shot taken close to my hotel. @christchurchnz #christchurchnz #canterburynz 6d

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