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Fox Glacier, NZ

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Comments (12)

Maja Weidemueller on April 6, 2011

Such is life: always into the light - amazing capture dear Ian, love it a lot.

~~~ Maja ~~~

Art Anderson on April 6, 2011

Ian, Wow! Your marvelous talent has made this view of a glacier seem intimate. Bravo! Best regards dear friend. Like and Y* -Art

bdeh on April 7, 2011

Excellent shot/composition Ian. LIKE! Greetings Berend

discovolina on April 7, 2011

Foto bellissima Ian, complimenti!... e posto meraviglioso, speriamo di poter godere di simili spettacoli per ancora molti anni. Ciao, Paola.

Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2011

Dear Maja,

I love your zest for life!! Thanks for the appreciation. It was a special day for us as we wandered and wondered among the beauty and majesty.


Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2011

Greetings Art,

It is a big glacier, but because it descends right down to the coastal plain it is very accessible, and therefore one is able to bring together the native bush and the glacier. I guess that is what makes it particularly special - and intimate.

This glacier is not retreating at the moment, though in 1865 ice filled the valley!

My sincere best wishes come from Maccas in Nelson this morning, Art.


Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2011

Greetings Berend,

I am glad that you are able to join me on my travels courtesy of Panoramio and McDonald's Free Wi-Fi! Thanks for your appreciation. Today I will be among the Marlborough Sounds around Picton and Nelson. And the sky is blue as a high pressure system moves across NZ slowly.



Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2011

Warm greetings Paola. NZ is beautiful, mysterious and majestic so it is special to work and travel here. Glad I can share some of it with you through Panoramio.

May beauty touch your life today.


Dror Ben David on April 9, 2011

Great shot! Cheers!

Ian Stehbens on April 9, 2011

Thanks very much, oronbb. Warm regards from a cool New Zealand.


ƤōƝƓ on April 9, 2011

Very nice looking through, Ian.

Would you mind telling me in what season these photographs were taken and what the temperature was?


Ian Stehbens on April 9, 2011

Dear Ah-Pong,

These images were photographed this week, and so this is autumn when the first snows have just fallen on the high peaks a few days earlier. The following day there was the second snow falls for the winter, limited again to the summits. The temperature was around 21C that day, so as this was taken in the later afternoon it would have been about 19C at the time.

This glacier descends to the coastal plain and is around 100M above sea level at this point. That can be checked on GE, but at the moment the limited access in this motel does not allow me to check it for you.

In 1865, this glacier filled this valley - the level of ice on the sunlit spur on the left of photo was up to the point at which the foreground tree (in the photo) intersects that slope - so there has been huge depletion of ice and snowfalls in the last 150 years. Over the last 5 years the glacier has been slowly advancing here, but that appears to be temporary.

April is the month when there is least snow and ice in NZ, for it is the end of summer thawing and the beginning of winter snowfalls. It is a bit like my budget at the end of holidays - and I must return to work to minimise my spending!

Kind regards,


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