Autumn in Central theme of new photography book

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Clyde photographer Sue Noble-Adams launched her fourth book, celebrating Central Otago’s spectacular autumn colours during this year’s Covid-19 lockdown, last Saturday.

The Special Autumn of 2020 focused on the stunning colours of the season in and around Clyde, Alexandra, and the Cromwell Gorge, as well as honouring the people who died from Covid-19, she said.

The colours appeared to her to be more vibrant and special than in past years.

‘‘I’ve been here for 40 years and it was one of the best autumns we have ever had, still and calm and warm.’’

Lockdown prevented people from outside the area coming to the region to enjoy the colours.

‘‘Normally they come here in their droves. ‘‘I thought I would do another book to encourage people to come back here next year to have a look.’’

‘‘Most photos in the book were taken during lockdown, but some special ones [taken previously] which are my favourites, including of Butchers Dam, I couldn’t leave out.
‘‘Before Covid-19 I never made plans for another book, but Covid made the decision for me.’’

Photos including the spectacular leaves on trees, mining artefacts, cloud formations, lichens, sunsets, birdlife, Anzac images and even teddy bears were in the book.