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High up in the hills of Central Otago is an abandoned mining settlement dating back to the gold rush, with numerous ruined huts and cottages belonging to the former denizens of this small community. This frame captures what was the most complete set of ruins that I was able to find - with the sun sitting behind me, casting a brilliant golden light over the house and the tussocks that dot the landscape around it.

I can only imagine that life would have been very hard for these miners; with the rugged terrain and brutally cold winters. In the middle of Summer when I visited, the temperature was under 20 degrees celcius, and there was a range of mountains in the distance with some snow still visible.This was taken very late afternoon, just prior to sunset, and although the cloud looked extremely promising the sunset that evening was ultimately a fizzer.

This is a 22-shot, double row stitched panorama shot with a Zeiss 50/2 Makro-Planar.

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