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Early Spring at Mt. Cook

Early Spring at Mt. Cook

In early Spring 2013 (that would be October, due to being in the Southern Hemisphere), I flew down to the South Island of New Zealand to hit a few stunning landscape spots that had been on my radar for a while: the glaciers of the west coast, Mt Cook National Park, and the stunningly beautiful lakes near Mt. Cook.

One morning while at Mt. Cook National Park, long before the sun rose into the sky, I headed out into the bitter cold that had blanketed the region overnight. My goal was to hike the Hooker Valley Track and arrive at Hooker Lake before sunrise. This lake provides the iconic image of New Zealand: Mt Cook, the country’s highest peak, reflected on a clear alpine lake. The hike was incredible, and the views were break taking.

I stayed at Hooker Lake until I literally couldn’t feel my fingers due to the cold—which meant I couldn’t change lens on my camera, and I could barely press the shutter. Wanting to warm up and eat a real breakfast, I began my hike back to the car. About half way through the return hike, I turned around to see Mt. Cook again and saw this image before me.

Despite the cold, I set up my tripod, blew warm air on my fingers so they could move enough, and then captured this wonderful image of Mt. Cook and the boulder strewn rivers that runs from Hooker Lake. Just looking at this image makes me want to return to the scene and soak it in all over again.

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