Onward to Mt. Aspiring

Misty Morning Vista

This was shot early in the morning on the long road to Mt. Aspiring where we planned to “tramp”. Tramping, known elsewhere as hiking or bushwalking, is a popular activity in  New Zealand. We were greeted by heavy Hoar frost covering virtually everything on the valley floor leading to the Trailhead along with a strange Blue Mist. (Hoar frost  refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. It was utterly Magical!

The Park was established in 1964 as New Zealand’s tenth National Park. The park covers 3,555 km² at the southern end of the Southern Alps, directly to the west of Lake Wanaka, and is popular for tramping, walking and mountaineering. Mount Aspiring (3033 m) is the mountain which gives the park its name. Other prominent peaks within the park include Mount Pollux (2542 m) and Mount Brewster (2519 m).

The Haast Pass, one of the three principal road routes across the Southern Alps, is found in the north-eastern corner of the park.


7 responses

  1. Beautiful shots, Erik!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

  2. I bet this would have been awesome in Infra Red!.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

  3. Toni Aull

    Breathtaking Erik….A scenery that I can imagine being there..

    June 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    • Thanks so much for visiting our Blog! We post new images every day – subscribing to the Blog will connect you to all updates! We are just passionate about everything Photography!
      Erik & Kathleen

      June 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  4. Melanie

    I love your combination of photo and text. Thank you for the beautiful images and the travel information!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:13 am

  5. Great blog post today Erik. Good Lord, these images are amazing! They really look like something totally from a magical place, that’s for sure!! Great, great tones and composition here, you’ve really brought the feeling of New Zealand to us!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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