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article imagePhoto Essay: New Zealand lakes Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Dec 31, 2012 in Travel
My favorite photos are of New Zealand. Glaciers melt from mountain tops into aquamarine waters that are so fresh you can drink from them. Forests and snow fields make perfect places to hike or ski. Sunsets mix pastel colors like Impressionistic art.
In the center of New Zealand's South Island, Mount Cook rises in glacier-covered peaks above Lake Pukake. As the ice melts, it forms a river that filters through rocks until it fills a lake with aquamarine water so fresh you can cup your hand and drink right from it. Forests on the other end rise from damp ground toward a scenic highway.
Beyond Lake Pukake, another mountain range rises steeply from Lake Tekapo. The forests below turn orange in autumn, surrounding an old stone chapel. To the east, snow fields beckon skiers from local sheep farm valleys and places all over the world.
Toward the southwest, isolated Lake Sylvan glows with clear water, surrounded by evergreen beeches. Sun rays dance across its surface and toward my camera's lens, creating strange reflection.
Wherever I travel in the world, I will remember the mountain lakes of New Zealand.
Lonna Lisa Williams
You can see more travel adventures on my Blog, Facebook, Youtube, and in my books.
The path to Mount Cook
The path to Mount Cook
Further up the path
Further up the path
Mount Cook s immense valley
Mount Cook's immense valley
The glacial melt-off from Mount Cook becomes a river
The glacial melt-off from Mount Cook becomes a river
The river fills Lake Pukake
The river fills Lake Pukake
Sometimes Lake Pukake looks blue
Sometimes Lake Pukake looks blue
Sometimes Lake Pukake s waters seem aquamarine
Sometimes Lake Pukake's waters seem aquamarine
Sometimes the lake looks like pastel art or a glimpse of heaven
Sometimes the lake looks like pastel art or a glimpse of heaven
An autumn forest surrounds the stone chapel at Lake Tekapo
An autumn forest surrounds the stone chapel at Lake Tekapo
Close-up of Lake Tekapo s stone chapel
Close-up of Lake Tekapo's stone chapel
Toward the east  the mountains rise steeply above Lake Tekapo  a ski field in the foreground
Toward the east, the mountains rise steeply above Lake Tekapo, a ski field in the foreground
A closer view of Lake Tekapo s ski field
A closer view of Lake Tekapo's ski field
Lake Tekapo s vast valley
Lake Tekapo's vast valley
An overview of Lake Tekapo valley and ski field
An overview of Lake Tekapo valley and ski field
Lake Tekapo valley eastward
Lake Tekapo valley eastward
Lake Tekapo Valley toward the eastern road
Lake Tekapo Valley toward the eastern road
Lake Tekapo Valley further east
Lake Tekapo Valley further east
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