a week later and its still hovering around 5th in explore. And right to the top of my most 'interesting' photos, see www.flickriver.com/photos/go_wild/popular-interesting/
Chancellor hut on a high terrace above the middle ice fall of the Fox Glacier. A truly awesome place to be. Behind me are the high peaks of the southern alps, and the neve of the glacier. On the left the ice flow drops steeply to the terminal face and then with only a few hundred meters of altitude left to lose, the melt water flows under the cloud edge to the Tasman sea. That is the coast and the Tasman sea the distance.
Built by the government tourism department in 1931, the hut is now officially a historic buiding - the oldest New Zealand mountain hut still on its original site. All the original materials were carried up on people's backs. The glacier has been retreating for most of the years since people have been coming here. In 1931 the ice would have extended around the first bend in what is now the river bed.
I knew the hut and the glacier well when I worked in the area. This time we flew in by helicopter for two nights, photographed for an evening and a day and then walked out back to the road on the last afternoon.
See the set "Chancellor Trip" for other images from what is simply a superb area.
This image made Yahoo Travel's photo of the week in early Dec 2012.
And Wilderness nz magazine feature photo May 2013
technical note: the image is a composite of two taken of the same view at the same time. The clouds sky and the distant parts of the landscape were overlayed on the foreground elements in photoshop elements. While not technically perfect the result is more true to the reality as experienced at the time than a single exposure would have been.