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Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman from Liebig Range, NZ

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Comments (12)

Silvyp on March 10, 2010

I love winter picture Ian but just to see! I hate cold! I hope you are fine.

Best Wishes


Ian Stehbens on March 10, 2010

Dear Silvy, I know exactly what you mean, but remember this is summer and this is a summer picture! I wouldn't have been up here in winter!!

Perhaps we both have been looking at too many northern hemisphere winter photos on Panoramio, lately!

The snow or ice in the foreground is to let you know I was way up high, for an Australia, with only the highest peaks above us. This elevation is the same as the summit of our Mt Kosciuszko! There are 2 deep glacial valleys 1600M below, between me and Aoraki/Mt Cook which is 13kms away!

Warmest regards,


Amelia Royan on March 10, 2010

Wonderful scree and mountains Ian. I have never, as yet, stood on a glacier; hopefully that may be rectified this year. I have just read some Wiki info about this area, as your photos are so inviting. It looks so fascinating, up here.

How did you get up as high as this?

Warm greetings from Norway, where the piles of snow have turned to fim, but there is the beginning of a thaw :)))


Ian Stehbens on March 10, 2010

The glaciers of Norway are calling you to the Highlands, Amelia. You must heed the call. When I first went to Europe (and that includes UK for me), I was so looking forward to exploring land that had been glaciated by the continental ice sheets. I made beelines to Newton Dale, Cumbernauld, Filey and the lochs of the Highlands, for example. I stood on moors, bens and in glens! I was in awe of your land for I could see the evidence with my own eyes.

Since then Dithmarschen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg, Sweden and all of Denmark have been thrilling stomping grounds. So in a converse way I certainly understand another's fascination for living (or should I say dying) glaciers.

And how did I get up here? How I would love to say that I climbed. But I preferred to strap 2 cameras around my neck and ride a helicopter. I hope you find the images from here on worth while. And there are some photos of shorelines, just for you!

I hope your thawing gets you warm, eventually.


jeff_msn123 on March 10, 2010

lovely picture.

Cheers, Jeff

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 10, 2010

The panoramic view here must have been awesome Ian...Having read the above comments I realise that the chopper was your mode of transport..A journey that you will always remember, I have no doubt..

Kind regards ;.)


Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2010

Thank you, Jeff. While I was there, I felt quite excited inwardly for I knew it was as if my Panoramio friends were with me, and I was on an errand for you. I am so pleased that you are appreciating the photos.

Cheers, Ian

Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2010

Dear Jim,

I hoped you noted the reference above to Newton Dale, in my comment to Amelia!

It was very important for us to go to Whitby when we were in Britain. My Thirsk-born father-in-law had lived there, Cook came from there, my wife's cousin had died at sea out of Whitby, and yet with respect to them all, Newton Dale was even more significant!! (for the geographer in me, at least).

Seeing the evidence of your Ice Ages was most wonderful. And Newton Dale, the glacial spillway from the lake dammed against the Cleveland Hills by the Ice Sheet, was special.

While I co-authored the first geomorphology textbook for secondary schools that used Australian examples, I had been educated on a diet of British examples from N. K. Horrocks, Physical Geography and Climatology. Newton Dale was just one of them.

Nowadays I am more interested in the railway through Goathland, the steps, and the Abbey.. or gliding from Carlton Bank on the moors above Middlesbrough.

And the panorama was awesome. But wait till you see the other side of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. That is awesome awesome. Never to be forgotten.

Warmest regards ;>))


dziwnowik on March 12, 2010

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Very good shoot !!

greetings from Poland, Peter

Ian Stehbens on March 12, 2010

This is a special photo for me, Peter, for it is proof that I was way up here on the ice. It is another little ambition fulfilled.

Thanks for your encouragement.


Geerten in Oz on March 13, 2010

I have been in Hokatika and saw this in the distance. Then I flew over this from Christchurch to Melbourne. Beauty!!

Ian Stehbens on March 13, 2010

Dear Geerten,

I don't know the exact flight path over the Alps out of Christchurch to Melbourne, but it sure goes over here roughly. Did you have a window seat? I'd presume you'd get a perfect view of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki from a LHS window.

Our flight ChCh to Brisbane goes over the Spenser Mountains crossing the coast with a RHS view of Westport.

I am pleased to be exciting your memories a little, Geerten with both Channel Country and Southern Alps images!

Warm regards,


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