Recently Trey Ratcliffe of Stuck in Customs posted an image with the title “DAILY PHOTO – WHAT DOES THE ROAD LOOK LIKE ON THE WAY TO MOUNT COOK?”. This week my wife and I have been in the South Island completing our holiday that was interrupted by a skiing accident last August. One of the places we wanted to visit was Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. We last visited Aoraki Mt Cook (cloud piercer) some thirty years ago, and before that on our honeymoon. As we approached the mountain I remembered the image that was posted by Trey and found the the place on the road where it was taken. Unfortunately, unlike Trey, I didn’t have as large a telephoto lens to capture my version.
This is a mountain that both gives and takes. Many a visitor has come to pay homage but has been rewarded with nothing but clouds and grey skies. On a clear day however, (we were rewarded with two in a row) the mountain is spectacular. As we watched the sun set and the colours change, so too did the mood of the mountain. Just as we thought the show was over we were presented with a final encore of “alpenglow”.