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Mount Cook National Park
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm Camera: K-30 Photo Location: Aoraki Mount Cook 
Posted By: FruitLooPs, 11-16-2016, 02:48 AM

On my return from the Highlands 101, we took a detour to Mt Cook National Park. Amazing landscape, and the weather held up just about right considering it was pouring rain down the other end of Lake Pukaki when we turned off the highway. I'll definitely be back!

Driving towards the village was amazing in itself

A quick trip to the Tasman Glacier, right next to the Mount Cook Village. This Glacier is retreating at 500 to 800m per year (face of glacier is in distance, left end of lake), the glacial lake is 7km long x 200m deep so quite a lot of melted ice in that! In the 1970s there was no lake apparently, so it's rather rapidly declining. The gravel sides show the thickness and size of the glacier in the past. The blue colour is naturally occurring as part of the suspended material in the water.

And one at Hooker Valley, on the way to the lookout for Mount Cook - we were running short on time so I wasn't able to go the full distance on this trip next time for sure - the view was beautiful either way!

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Beautiful series of a beautiful location.
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QuoteOriginally posted by FruitLooPs Quote
Amazing landscape

Ha, a gift for understatement...the last photo of the valley, especially, is mind-blowing.

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