Southern Splendor

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This is a staircase from hell. This thing makes the infamous Half Dome steps seem like the bunny hill. I thought I was in pretty good shape but these steps have me sucking wind like a Dyson. To take my mind off my aching lungs and shaking legs I try to count the number of individual stairs in this endless trudge but I lose track somewhere in the two thousands.

The trail description didn’t make it sound bad at all: “Track starts out gently then ascends steeply to the Sealy Tarns. Allow 3 hours return.” A pretty unassuming description. Glib, even. But halfway up the track I was learning my lesson the hard way: in New Zealand, when a trail guide says steep, it means steep.

Continue reading this adventure on my blog.

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  1. Bob Bowman Photography 33 months ago | reply

    Incredible country....spectacular shot!!!

  2. Yan L Photography 32 months ago | reply

    Love the mountains and reflection, your efforts definitely paid off, Josh!

  3. Yannick Lefevre 32 months ago | reply

    you find a fine angle to have many details, mountains reflection & lake on the right side

  4. Darren Wolley [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

    Incredibly stunning landscape! Beautifully captured.

  5. Jaap Kruger 32 months ago | reply

    This is a great image. Very well done.

  6. Moath Alsaif 32 months ago | reply

    Great work, excellent.

  7. Susu_tD 32 months ago | reply

    two super clear and super impressive pics...

  8. lssdfx 32 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot!!

  9. blindmelonme 32 months ago | reply

    A work of art, with all the ingredients, l appreciate your work.
    Darren J.

  10. Darvin Atkeson 32 months ago | reply

    Looks like all the work was worth the effort. An incredible shot! Love those reflections.

    Via your photostream on Fluidr

  11. Nick Twyford 32 months ago | reply

    Superb landscape, amazing details and tones

  12. JohnCramerPhotography 32 months ago | reply

    Spectacular image and reflection. Well done Joshua!

  13. kjbeath 32 months ago | reply

    Beautiful. In NZ when it says steep be surprised to find stairs, it usually means either dragging yourself over tree roots or hanging onto the side of a mountain.

  14. Vemsteroo 32 months ago | reply

    Hahahha! Isn't that just the truth? When they mean steep, they truly mean steep, those NZers... Great image though, totally worth that insane trek!

  15. edwademd 31 months ago | reply

    Awesome reflection!

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  17. archiescat 31 months ago | reply

    Hey Joshua, well worth the treck; this is an outstanding capture; love the lower lake and colours....

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  19. cantbreakpar 28 months ago | reply

    This is incredible landscape. Love the clarity and textures.

  20. Da-Ka 21 months ago | reply

    love it, just an amazing place!!!

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