The Light Within
Have you ever been on a glacier? No, that’s not the right question. Better: have you ever been IN a glacier? For me the answer to both was a resounding no, until one day in April. One of the most amazing things about the nature of my New Zealand trip was that I was able to take advantage of opportunities I wouldn’t normally be able to afford. That meant a rental car, a Fiordland cruise, and perhaps coolest of all, a heli-hike to the dramatic Fox Glacier.
We were a group of 8 on this heli hike and our guide, Graza, had his hands full. In addition to a father-daughter duo there was myself and another photographer/round-the-world traveler, Sean Webb, and a group of four Taiwanese who either couldn’t understand English, or simply pretended they didn’t so they didn’t have to pay attention when Graza told us it was time to move along. Though I felt bad for Graza and surely tested his patience a time or two by lingering in places longer than he liked, I was intent on squeezing every possible moment out of this hike in order to shoot. But to his credit, Graza stayed cheerful and professional as he herded us -albeit slowly- from feature to feature. He even gave us a dose of glaciers 101.