Honeymoon Day 12: Queenstown

On day 12 we stayed in Queenstown. Queenstown was first settled in 1860 as a farming village. This was to be short lived as in 1862 gold was found in a nearby river. Now Queenstown is essentially established as an international tourist town. Often touted as New Zealand’s centre of adventure offering skiing,  , bungy jumping and many other expensive options. Our day was to be a fairly quiet, we at lunch at Ben’s favourite place, Ferg Burger. Massive, massive burgers. They were pretty good. Our afternoon consisted of heading up the gondola to a restaurant on top of the mountains giving us a fantastic view of Queenstown and the neighbouring Remarkables. Today we actually had clear enough skies to see them! (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/1000)

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Whilst walking around before dinner (and whilst absolutely frozen, Maegan in particular) we walked through a pine forest and found a very famous fungi, Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). This fungi is found, funnily enough near pines. Fly agaric is thought to have gained its name sake because when mixed with milk and sprayed on insects it kills them. Its is this toxin that gives the fungi its infamy. This fungi has been to blame for many deaths, but 90% of fungi related deaths are from a different species (A. phalloides). This was taken with the (1ds, 17-40, f4, 1/60 with flash).

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~ by adamrose on July 16, 2009.

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