After all, this area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After my visit to Fox Glacier earlier in the day, I arranged for a short 10-minute shuttle from Fox Glacier town to Lake Matheson (Te Ara Kairaumati) before sunset. Even in winter’s low-season, I was surprised by how few people were around to enjoy the view.
The sequence of photos below span a period of just over one hour in time. Appearing in most of the photos are the two grand snow-frosted peaks: Mount Tasman (Horokoau) on the left and Aoraki (Mount Cook) on the right.
I asked the question if one could really “hear” a sunset. I tried to find an answer in this post.
In the map below, I’ve marked Lake Matheson and walks to Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. The red line traces the approximate path of the flying tour with The Grand Traverse over the Southern Alps.
Zooming out on the map below, the lowlands are separated from the Southern Alps by a “diagonal line” which is the active Alpine Fault line with the Australian tectonic plate to the northwest and the Pacific tectonic plate to the southeast. The Alpine Fault runs about 600 kilometres along the centre of the South Island between Marlborough and Milford Sound.
I made the photos above on 22 July 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-2Id.