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New Zealand: Glenorchy

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A few days before we were going to be in Queenstown I looked online for a hotel but the town was so crowded in February that I couldn’t find a single place to stay. None. Zero. I did, however, find an opening at a hotel in Glenorchy, at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu about an hour north of Queenstown. That turned out to be a good thing because I don’t know if we’d otherwise have taken the scenic drive along the eastern side of the lake. The picture above shows the mountains outside Glenorchy late in the afternoon on February 21st. Notice once more that fields of ice had lasted into the warmest part of the year.

After settling in, we went out again during the last hour of daylight and drove a few miles further north, where we found this rainbow:

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April 21, 2017 at 4:52 AM

New Zealand: Oh, those rocks

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Anyone who had grown up in the southwestern quadrant of New Zealand’s South Island and had never traveled elsewhere could be forgiven for assuming that every other region in the world has patterned rocks lying around in abundance. If only it were so, say we from most other places. Above is another view from February 21st of Lake Wakatipu, this time emphasizing the rocks strewn along its shore. Below is a downward-looking closeup of a few.

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April 17, 2017 at 4:46 AM

New Zealand: Two views of Lake Wakatipu and mountains on a cloudy afternoon

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One of the things that makes Queenstown so touristy (and so hard during the summer to find accommodations in and even to park in) is beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Here are two views from the eastern shore of the lake north of Queenstown on the overcast afternoon of February 21. Notice a few residual patches of ice in the mountains even in the warmest part of the year.

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April 15, 2017 at 4:58 AM

New Zealand: a closer look at the Franz Josef Glacier

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Above is a February 20th view taken from the end of the trail near the base of the Franz Josef Glacier on the west side of New Zealand’s South Island. Below is an even better look at the details of the ice and rocks at the place where the glacier passes from existence to non-existence.

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March 20, 2017 at 5:00 AM

New Zealand: a bluish white

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February 20 is still the height of summer in New Zealand. Nevertheless, on that date we hiked the hour or so from the carpark to the front of the Franz Josef Glacier, which is located in the Southern Alps half-way down the western side of the South Island. Before we’d gone too far along the trail I stopped to photograph the still-distant glacier. Europe and North America have their glaciers, but none that I know of are within sight of tree ferns. They were an excellent accompaniment to the first glacier I’d ever seen in person.

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March 19, 2017 at 5:01 AM

Sunset over the Guadalupe Mountains

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Not long after we’d left El Capitán and the sumacs behind us on November 9th last year, I glimpsed colors in my rear-view mirror that were not only brighter than those of fall foliage but also more ephemeral. I pulled over, put a long lens on the camera, and took pictures looking back while the light lasted. Notice how the stray illuminated cloud in the upper left partly counterbalances the dark profile of the Guadalupe Mountains at the lower right.

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January 14, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Sumac in the Guadalupe Mountains

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At the Guadalupe Mountains National Park visitor center late on the afternoon of November 9th I realized I had to give up on the idea of seeing the excellent fall foliage I’d hoped for. A ranger said that some bright color still existed in the park’s interior, but the sky was overcast, as you saw in the previous post, and not much daylight remained. As we continued driving east along US 62 headed for Carlsbad, New Mexico, a little color caught my eye, and when I pulled over and walked closer I saw that several sumacs (Rhus spp.) were the source. Adjacent to the sumacs were some composite plants that had turned fluffy; I never found out what they were. Near by were some scraggly dead branches that appealed to my scraggly nature.

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January 13, 2017 at 4:53 AM

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