Taken during a helicopter flight around the Southern Alps, Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier.

The peak in the foreground is called ‘The Abbot’ at 2623m (but probably a few meters higher after today’s 7.1 earthquake across Canterbury!) The bottom of the Tasman Valley in the background and runoff from the Tasman Glacier into Lake Pukaki

Sony a850, 1/640 sec, f8, iso320, Cokin polarising filter.


  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdover 4 years ago

    Spectacularly beautiful.

  • Cheers Dave,
    I saw this one coming – as we were flying across I could see the composition of the image I wanted, and waited till the ridge of this range was just at the right spot before taking the shot – snap! spot on :o)

    it was a beautiful day for a flight – a one off in conditions like this.. not a cloud to be seen. The scale is somewhat difficult to comprehend with this at small scale, needless to say you can see the river/streams through the Murchison valley bottom centre right

    – Dean Mullin

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonover 4 years ago

    Nice view!

  • Cheers Ian – hope the explanation above covers it ;o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 4 years ago

    Great capture Dean. It’s a fav for me.

  • Cheers Al

    – Dean Mullin

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayover 4 years ago

    Spectacularly beautiful.

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayover 4 years ago

    Whoops same comment as David…

  • LOL – Cheers Ben :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayover 4 years ago

    I can tell you’ve been following me again, here’s my shot:

  • HA!
    looks like you got the perfect flight too! – awesome isn’t it :o) – perhaps a wee bit more snow in your shot – can’t remember seeing the tasman like that. It’s certainly one you’ll remember eh!

    – Dean Mullin

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 4 years ago

    Spectacular! Is that actually a beach in the middle??? What lens was this. it seems very sharp (at least in small)!

  • no beach george, just the bottom of the alluvial plain -as it feeds into the lake… Lens – very sharp – dont’ think I need anything else, 28-75 Tamron :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    Incredibly beautiful image

  • Thanks Kathy :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullnerover 4 years ago

    Spectacular Winter scene Dean…great bluebird day for a scenic flight.

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