The Foreign Service Journal, March 2024

90 MARCH 2024 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL LOCAL LENS BY CAROLE FENTON n LAKE TEKAPO, NEW ZEALAND We are grateful for the travel opportunities our Foreign Service life offers. Sometimes these opportunities live up to the hype. While researching our trip to New Zealand, we read about a church on an inland lake in the middle of South Island that is well known as a backdrop for spectacular sunrises and sunsets. We arrived at Lake Tekapo midafternoon, with plenty of time to plan our sunset photo. As the hour approached, we observed a beautiful full moon, but other colors were decidedly lacking. A bit disappointed, we reminded ourselves we had a couple more days in the area and set our sights on the next morning’s sunrise. Though we arrived later than planned, we were rewarded with the stuff travelogues and dreams are made of: this stunning sunrise over the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Tekapo. Our jaws dropped as each minute that passed produced slightly different but equally breathtaking hues of the colors seen here. n Carole Fenton is the spouse of FSO Tom Fenton. She took this photo with an iPhone 13 Pro. Currently posted to Canberra, the couple have also served in Bangkok, Budapest, and Khartoum. Please submit your favorite, recent photograph to be considered for Local Lens. Images must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at 8” x 10”, or 1 MB or larger) and must not be in print elsewhere. Include a short description of the scene/event as well as your name, brief biodata, and the type of camera used. Send to