Storm Rolling in at Mount Cook

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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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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