Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 24mm, ISO: 400, Aperture: f11, Shutter: 1/800

This was taken through the car window while we were driving slowly in extremely strong winds along the Mount Cook Road. The Aoraki Mount Cook National 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


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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Super moody mountain view Christine …

  • Thank you kindly Tom.

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  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    Like the atmosphere here Christine.

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  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoover 1 year ago

    Christine, Beautiful, wintry scene.

  • Thank you for both your lovely comment and the fave Bob. Have a great weekend.

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 1 year ago

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  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Wonderful winter image Christiane!

  • Thank you very much Roy.

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  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous moody image Christine!!…love the fog rolling over the mountain!!

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Beautifully captured love the low light.

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  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture Christine!

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  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 1 year ago

    Love the atmosphere. Superb capture Christine!

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  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoover 1 year ago

    A stunning image Christine

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