OK, so before anyone local pipes up, I do know Lyttleton is not a lake! I actually went there to see what industrial ambiences I could record, for another library I am slowly working on & I did record some great material for it, including some guys using a really nasty sounding water blaster on a ship in dry dock (I think they were worried I was noise control or something) Anyway I kept driving past the main harbour & found this sheltered pier by the boat club and recorded some of the gentle water lap, so its not technically a lake but they are potentially very useful waterlaps which will be included in the LAKES library….
(double checked the handbrake was on!)
Next set of lakes I recorded on my second road trip down south through Central Otago – this time I left my parents house in Ashburton & drove down the East coast & then turned inland into Lake Aviemore which is a man made lake, part of the Waitaki hydro catchment area… yay for clean power!
From there I backtracked a bit & then drove up & over Danseys Pass
An hour or two later arriving at the historic Saint Bathans, another man made lake although this one was due to gold mining back in the day…
The lake itself is in quite an unreal landscape due to the limestone, but it was the one time with this library where I had no choice but to record late at night due to the presence of birds. As most of the lakes I had been recording were sub alpine, there were very few, if any birds present, which is important in terms of the recordings being universally useful…. Despite the blue sky, this is a long exposure taken late at night on a very still night!