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t a s m a n | mt cook national park, nz | by elmofoto
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t a s m a n | mt cook national park, nz

This was taken after an incredibly long day of driving, shooting, driving and shooting. Did I mention we spend the day driving and shooting? Yep, dawn to dusk (~18 hours). Anyway, this was going to be our very last stop of the day, the result of a seeing a sign and taking a last-minute decision to make a right turn onto a dirt road off of Mt Cook Road. As with most decisions taken that way, this yielded some unexpectedly great results. After a short hike we took our time at this awesome overlook.

 

Off in the distance you can see where the edge of the glacier meets Tasman Lake (see note). There's some mist in that area, which I presume is water vapor coming off the dirt-covered glacier.

 

One of the cool things about this particular sunset is that unlike some of the more colorful and dramatic sunsets I had seen during my trip, this one had subtle colors interwoven throughout the sky. And of course, you can't go wrong with lenticular clouds.

 

After we packed up our gear and made our way back to the car, we figured out that we were basically screwed for food. We did find some frozen microwave pizzas at the Mt Cook Hostel. It was the most disgusting pizza I've ever eaten (I'm pretty sure the "pizza sauce" was actually ketchup). I was so hungry I didn't even care. After our "gourmet dinner" we continued our crazy day by driving two hours to shoot the southern Milky Way over the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo.

 

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Taken on February 12, 2013