Must stop for another photo

Southern Alps, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

The scenery in New Zealand is so green, lush and photogenic.The mountains,lakes. rivers punctuated by green pasture. We are always trying to capture the atmosphere and feeling of the place. It is a challenge and hard to achieve.

To our disappointment Franz Joseph Glacier was very commercialized. The village dominated by trashy souvenir shops, expensive coffee shops and restaurants Every where posters urged you to fly, walk, stay, party. Busloads of young back packers were hanging out together. I guess it is inevitable that such a unique and beautiful site should be used to attract tourists. It is the same in many cases around the world. The vibe of the place was definitely wrong for us…

So we drove on to Fox Glacier.

It was much the same but seemed to be an older age group attracted to this Glacier. We decided to stay and before we walked to the face of the glacier we searched for accommodation. Not much choice, most places booked out. Eventually we found a back packers at the back of the local tavern. Oh dear, we have been spoilt with accommodation so far, so this small box of a room with 2 single beds and a TV that didn’t work, high up on the wall, plus a very grubby kitchen was very basic. We only planned to sleep there the one night and the beds were clean and comfy so we paid the $60 then went to view the glacier.

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It was a sunny day and the walk was one hour. Dates on posts marked how far back the Glacier had moved. interpretive boards explained the geology of the area. When we eventually arrived it was  a let down. Wire fences kept us well back from the face and it needed the zoom on the camera to get a reasonable shot. Thinking of the force and might of nature moving all that ice and rock and the surrounding landscape was impressive but the rather grubby looking ice face was not. If we had paid $160 to actually walk on the glacier it may have been a different experience…

Now to go round to Lake Matheson to see the Alps reflected in the lake…

Reflections of Alps in Lake Matheson

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