Mt Cook Glacial Lake

It was a good 15 minute hike up a lot of stairs to get where I could take this shot. Honestly I was not expecting much when I was hiking up so it was kind of breathtaking when I finally got there. But as I rounded the top corner of the path there in front of me was Mt Cook Glacial Lake.

I have snowboarded on glaciers, taken a helicopter up and walked on glaciers, and I have seen many from afar. I have never been in a position to see the end of the glacier as it becomes a lake and flows down to the sea. The amount of rock that gets moved and deposited and the grayness of it was what caught my attention most. It really looks desolate as though life will never grow in that place. Then when I look down the valley a bit I could see that life will grow eventually.

This image is shot in fabulous 42 megapixels on my Sony A7Rii. Normally I am using a crop sensor lens on this camera so it only shoots at 18 mp. For this image I decided I wanted to get every last detail so I forced the camera into full frame mode, set the lens to 15mm and steadied my body against rock to minimize the effects of the gusty wind that was buffeting me. Processed in Aurora HDR Pro.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at