the trip part 4: mackenzie country, mount cook

As we left the flat checkerboard farmland of the Canterbury Plains and entered the vast dry grass-covered panorama of the MacKenzie Basin, a plaque with this inscription marked the pass near Fairlie.

The scenery on this drive is incredible on a clear day, with unbelievably blue lakes, and wide open spaces played upon by the light. Photographer’s country. Over the next few days as we stayed at Glentanner Station near Mt Cook, I tried to capture the various moods of the area.

Sunrise at Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki and the Southern Alps:


Mt. Cook, from the Hooker Glacier track:

Mt. Cook:

On a walk to Mueller Hut, looking toward Mt Cook:


View from near Mueller Hut (Mt Cook Village is just visible on the near side of the valley floor, on the right side of the photo):

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