Looking Towards Mount Cook by Christine Smith

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FEATURED in Canon DSLR 03-06-2012
FEATURED in Neighbours – The Aussies and the Kiwis 12-08-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 38mm, ISO: 100, Aperture: f10, Shutter: 1/200

Taken in the Mt Cook / Aoraki National Park, looking towards Mount Cook. The park was formed in 1953 and is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is part of the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand, a magical area with soaring peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields. It contains Mt Cook, which is the highest mountain in New Zealand, reaching 3,754 metres, and this was the mountain that helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest. The park also contains more than 140 peaks standing over 2,000 metres and 72 named glaciers, which cover 40 percent of the park’s 700 square kilometres. According to Māori legend, Aoraki was a young boy who, along with his three brothers, were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. On their sea voyage around the Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother, their canoe became stranded on a reef and tilted. Aoraki and his brothers climbed onto the top side of their canoe. However, the south wind froze them and turned them to stone. Their canoe became the South Island (Te Waka o Aoraki). Aoraki, the tallest, became the highest peak, and his brothers created the Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, the Southern Alps

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous view and lovely contrasts between the soft colours and shapes in the foreground and the cold rugged mountains.

  • Thank you for such a lovely comment Kasia.

    – Christine Smith

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture …. but it sure looks cold. Looks like the wind is blowing the ice of the top of the mountain. Brrrrrrrrr.

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comment and the fave Christina, and you’re right, it was freezing.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely mountain view Christine …

  • Thank you very much Tom.

    – Christine Smith

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 3 years ago

    A picture of majesty, grandeur and beauty in Creation, Christine!!!

  • Thank you Phil. It’s certainly a very majestic place.

    – Christine Smith

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 3 years ago

    What a stunning scene.

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  • Thank you Derek.

    – Christine Smith

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much for featuring this image in Canon DSLR. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    stunning work !!!

  • I really appreciate such a nice comment and the fave. Thank you Guendalyn.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 3 years ago

    I knew it was your’s from the thumbnail…what an awesome capture!!…wonderful light and colour!!

  • Thank so much for both your great comment and fave Kate.

    – Christine Smith

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! great shot Christine!

  • I really appreciate your kind words and the fave Felix. Thanks so much.

    – Christine Smith

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Lorilee, for both your lovely comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

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