This morning after struggling to put on wet gear and after crossing knee-deep icy blue water I climbed in the deep shade of huge mountains so complete that my hands still shook with cold and my toes felt numb in my boots as I took in the scene around me. I felt simultaneously uncomfortable and elated by the beauty around me. Looking back I wouldn’t change anything about this moment as treading the edge of my comfort zone forced me to be present in an undeniable way.
Where Light, Color, and Cloud Collide
A stormy morning flight over the West Arm of Lake Manapouri as another week away in the hills begins.
Lonely Lake Brilliance
Lord Valley Panorama
Ridgeline to Mills Peak
Vivid Sunrise at Historic Port Craig
Humpridge Track, Fiordland
Celmisia gardens juxtaposed against the rugged and raw landscape of glacial scouring. Such contrast captured my attention and wonder in this wild place. On one side vibrant life and on the other upheaval and tumult. Both exist to create this mountain environment that is so captivating.
Clarity of the Storm
A golden morning after a stormy night on Mount Wakefield in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
Sunset above the Barker Hut in Arthur's Pass National Park
The historic Almer Hut on a rocky outcrop overlooking the neve of Franz Josef Glacier high in the Southern Alps under a clear night sky.
A Granite Wonderland
An impressive dawn as seen from the Buckland Peaks in late autumn.
Jetty in Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park
A Morning of Color over "Shipwreck Cove"
Okia Headland - Otago Peninsula
A journey to the headwaters of this mighty river in Arthur's Pass National Park
Water of Fiordland
Greet the Day
A sunrise to remember over Lake Wanaka as seen from Roys Peak.
Evening Calm at Adelaide Tarn
A remote tarn in the heart of Kahurangi National Park.
Alpenglow on Aoraki as seen from the Hooker River
Drama Over the Forbes Range
Sunrise as seen from our camp above Kea Basin on the flanks of Mount Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi
Deep Glow of a New Morning
It's a wonderful rediscovery to unzip one's tent and find the impressive landscape of yesterday awash with new color and texture.
Camp Above the Clouds in Rugged South Westland
Our campsite above Lake Barra as a morning cloud inversion rises
Sunset over the Darran Mountains as seen from Key Summit
Icebergs, waterfalls, and solitude at Crucible Lake in Mount Aspiring National Park
Wainui Falls in Abel Tasman National Park
The Seven Gates
Early morning glory as seen from Gertrude Saddle in Fiordland National Park
The classic scene viewed from Hooker Lake at sunrise.
A remote valley beneath Mount Speight in Arthur's Pass National Park.
Sunrise over Mount Titiroa and its moonscape as seen from pt. 1505 m.
Light in the Forest
Morning sun gleams through the branches of a red beech forest in Abel Tasman National Park.
Evening Light on Mount Crosscut
Adelaide Basin Spectacular
New Year's Day sunrise over the Adelaide Basin in Kahurangi National Park
Lake Matheson's Golden Dawn
Pluto Peak in Moonlight
The view from Esquilant Biv perched high on the slopes of Mount Earnslaw
Karst Ridge Sunset
Surprisingly intricate rock details in Abel Tasman National Park
Spring in the South Westland Ranges
As captured from the snowy summit of Mount Campbell's West Peak
The rugged Dragon's Teeth emerge from thick clouds in Kahurangi National Park.
The Backroads of Paradise
Sunrise of Promise
Okia Headland - Otago Peninsula
Valley of the Trolls
Morning of Giants
Mount Sefton, the Footstool, and Aoraki/Mount Cook grab the first light of 2015