Mount Cook

Mount Cook

In the foreground is the alpine Lake Pukaki. It is the ideal foreground for the Southern Alps landscape. At 3754 metres (or 12,316 feet) this is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Looking on the map at where I stood to capture this photograph, I was over 30 miles away from the peak. Fortunately, it was the first clear day of the year when this was taken, after a three day storm.

Queenstown

Queenstown

Taking the gondola (cable car) was well worth it. So much so, I went up there twice in the same day. This photograph taken on my first trip. Arguably one of the best views of Queenstown, looking down from the Skyline Complex at Bob’s Peak. It also gives fantastic views of Lake Wakatipu. And, on a clearer day then this, views of the Remarkable mountain range to the south east.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Mitre Peak is the iconic mountain, in the centre of this photograph. Taken between Christmas and New Year on my tour of the South Island. I was fortunate to be there in perfect, early morning conditions, to capture the peak reflected on this stunning fjord. The unexpected thing was the size of the place. Even on a boat, it was often difficult to get a sense of scale. Mitre Peak rises to 1692 metres (just over a mile) from the water. Taken from Freshwater Basin the camera was over four miles from bottom of the peak.

Cloudy Mountain Tops, Switzerland

Cloudy Mountain Tops, Switzerland

Although it was still beautiful up in Amden where I am staying, today was a little more cloudy. In a way that was more exciting because we were so high up in the mountains that there were scenes like the above to be photographed all day. I have no idea which mountain peak we are looking at here because I was on a short walk around the local village of Arvenbuel.