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New Zealand: sunset over Franz Josef Glacier

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Late in the afternoon a year ago today we checked into the Glacier View Motel outside the village of Franz Josef Glacier on the west side of New Zealand’s South Island. The motel lived up to its name, as you can confirm in this view that I recorded at sundown.

(“Monday mountains 8” is an alternate title for this post.)

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 19, 2018 at 4:25 AM

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  1. Beautiful.


    February 19, 2018 at 6:49 AM

    • Not till I prepared this year-ago retrospective did I remember how much the sunset favored the clouds and mountains that day.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2018 at 7:18 AM

      • The weather is a bit troubled west and east coasts since yesterday; ex tropical cyclone Gita.


        February 19, 2018 at 8:28 PM

        • Oh, I hadn’t heard anything about it. I hope your part of Christchurch isn’t prone to flooding. Here’s the latest I could find:


          Steve Schwartzman

          February 19, 2018 at 10:39 PM

          • Our area should be okay. So far we haven’t had any wind at all; just rain.


            February 19, 2018 at 10:54 PM

            • We’re relieved to hear your area should be okay. The mention of rain, though, brings back our experience at the end of the trip when we got trapped in Whitianga for an extra day after heavy rain closed both roads off the Coromandel Peninsula. We made it back to Auckland with just hours to spare before we had to head to the airport for our flight back to Texas. Fortunately you’re not going anywhere.

              Steve Schwartzman

              February 19, 2018 at 10:59 PM

  2. Very nice! Always enjoy seeing your images!

    Reed Andariese

    February 19, 2018 at 9:20 AM

  3. Beautiful shot.


    February 19, 2018 at 9:47 AM

  4. Hey, it’s the Cascades!


    February 19, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    • or the Siskiyous!


      February 19, 2018 at 11:43 AM

      • You’ve provided incentives to visit those two ranges.

        Steve Schwartzman

        February 19, 2018 at 11:46 AM

        • Oh, they are no better than some of the crazy places you end up. I merely enjoy noticing the similarities as much as the differences in the places I have never been.


          February 19, 2018 at 11:56 AM

          • Perhaps no better, but a lot easier to get to from Texas than NZ is.

            According to the relevant Wikipedia article:

            The origin of the word siskiyou is not known. One version is that it is the Chinook Jargon word for “bob-tailed horse”. According to historian Richard Mackie, “siskiyou” was a Cree word for a bob-tailed horse, one of which perished in 1829 during Alexander McLeod’s journey over a pass later named for the “siskiyou” (today’s Siskiyou Pass). The Cree were in the area as part of McLeod’s Hudson’s Bay Company expedition, and had been recruited far away in their homeland in eastern Canada. Another version, given in an argument before the State Senate in 1852, is that the French name Six Cailloux, meaning “six-stones”, was given to a ford on the Umpqua River by Michel Laframboise and a party of Hudson’s Bay Company trappers in 1832, because six large stones or rocks lay in the river where they crossed. According to some, the Six Cailloux name was appropriated to this region by Stephen Meek, another Hudson’s Bay Company trapper who was known for his “discovery” of Scott Valley, in regard to a crossing on the Klamath River near Hornbrook. Still others attribute the name to a local tribe of Native Americans.

            Steve Schwartzman

            February 19, 2018 at 1:12 PM

            • Well, the name sounds impressive anyway. . . but then, so does Atascadero, which means ‘mud puddle’.


              February 19, 2018 at 1:18 PM

              • That’s based on atasco, which means ‘impediment, blockage, obstruction.’ I learned atasco in Honduras 50 years ago and once used it in a poem. Haven’t thought about it in a long time. Perhaps my memory was atascada.

                Steve Schwartzman

                February 19, 2018 at 1:33 PM

                • Ew! That sounds worse the ‘mud puddle’.


                  February 19, 2018 at 1:34 PM

  5. Pink snow. I like it!


    February 19, 2018 at 10:04 PM

  6. Beautiful!!


    February 20, 2018 at 5:23 PM

  7. Beautiful colours in the sky and that little bit of mystery on the left edge of the image where the cloud cover is lower. What a fantastic view from the hotel.


    February 21, 2018 at 6:41 AM

    • It’s good of you to notice that bit of mystery the lower cloud cover created at the left. Maybe I should get in touch with the management of the hotel so they can point potential guests to this picture as an enticement to stay there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2018 at 8:39 AM

      • Okay, I just took my suggestion and sent an e-mail, even if it’s 3:47 in the morning there now.

        Steve Schwartzman

        February 21, 2018 at 8:47 AM

  8. That’s an especially soothing sunset. It makes me happy just to look at it — I can only imagine how it pleased you and Eve. Of course, I couldn’t help thinking: “Pink sky at night, photo delights…”


    February 21, 2018 at 8:25 AM

  9. Love, love this photo!


    February 23, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    • Thanks for letting me know. I was happy to take it. It was a good omen for the visit to the glacier the next morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM

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