At Lake Matheson, near Fox Glacier, nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand's highest peaks - Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman.
The waters of Lake Matheson are dark brown, so on a calm day they create the ideal reflective surface. The colour is caused by natural leaching of organic matter from the surrounding native forest floor. By a happy coincidence, the mountains to the east are perfectly positioned to reflect in the lake.
An easy walk passes over the Clearwater River suspension bridge, just a few minutes from the car park. The Clearwater River drains off the lake and is brownish under the bridge, however it quickly becomes clear and true to its name. The track continues through ancient native forest, including tall rimu and kahikatea trees, to a pontoon that extends out onto the lake.
Long finned native eels thrive in the darkness of Lake Matheson, which is also home to many water birds. For this reason the lake is a traditional mahinga kai (food gathering place) for Maori people.
Lake Matheson was formed about 14,000 years ago, when the Fox Glacier retreated from its last major advance towards the sea and left a depression which later filled with water.
The walk from the car park takes 40 minutes to the pontoon, or 1.5 hours around the lake.
This is a non-PP shot taken at 8:35pm
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ceepea (55) 2012-12-31 1:48
I used to live in New Zealand - I took the same shot in the late 1970's using colour slide film. I camped somewhere nearby - got up at about 5.30 in the morning - before the wind came up to spoil the scene with ripples. The slide is in poor condition now - I'd love to visit and do it again. I always tell people New Zealand is filled with "Chocolate Box" scenery.
- Copyright: Chian Sing Lai (kim_gwan) (274)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-12
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Sony Alpha a35, SAL 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6, SDHC 8G, Hoya HMC UV Multicoated 55mm
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-12-30 23:57