Mount Cook along Lake Pukaki

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Daily Photo – The Road to Mount Cook along Lake Pukaki

These lenticular clouds are pretty rare — but not on the south island of New Zealand! This is called the land of the long white cloud… I’m not sure of that means these lenticular clouds or not. Maybe a smart reader here on the blog can tell me!

Anyway, I do love this photo… I think it is one of my new favorites…

Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki

The Road to Mount Cook along Lake Pukaki

Photo Information

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  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length92mm (92mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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  • Casper van Zyl

    This would be one of my favourites,wish I took it,lovely and crisp.

  • Timothy Hastings

    I agree Trey, I love many of your photos but this one ranks amoung your very best. well done!

  • http://twitter.com/bsanderson Brian Sanderson

    Took my breath away. Amazing photo Trey. Thanks for sharing.

  • disqus_M8Bs4m3Mtj

    I usually love your clouds, Trey, but these are a little too much. JMO everything else is really fantastic.

  • Peter Scrimshaw

    Wow Trey, this really is one of your very best (and that sets the bar pretty darn high!). It looks so beautiful and tranquil there (at the moment!), but those slightly ominous clouds give just a hint that maybe things aren’t quite what they seem; the road disappearing round the corner just adds to the mystery. Absolutely love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Doriesmom Gail Stayton Moshier

    Wow, what a beautiful photo, Trey!!!!!! This is now on my desktop, I love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing, have a wonderful Wednesday!!

  • susan ratcliff

    Wow – yes a new favorite and a new wallpaper – awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540741221 Aman Anuraj

    Hey Trey. Love the pic as always. To answer your question, NZ is called so because the Maori explorers (Kupe) named it so. Guided by a white cloud – sign of land, during day and another at night, dwarf constellations – while getting there. However, there *is* an alternative theory (not as popular) applying specifically to South Island that says it is due to the lenticular clouds there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RussConsidine Russ Considine

    One of my favorites!

  • Matthew Lusk

    Those clouds are pretty awesome Trey.

  • http://www.acceleratedlightphotography.com/ Lisa Walker

    Saw this photo in my RSS reader and just had to come over to comment. Like everyone else has said, this is a spectacular photo!

  • AbdullahMujahed

    I think that this is a paint whenever I look at the clouds!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gwen.shannontaquet Gwen Shannon Taquet

    Wow – Incredible!

  • http://www.facebook.com/velocity635 Eric Richards

    This photo rocks, really dig it.. never saw those type of clouds in real life yet..

  • http://www.travelphotographyguru.com/ Glenn Guy

    Lovely photo Trey. I love how the diagonal shape of the lake is finds subtle balance with the gentle curving road o the opposite side of the pic. And who can pass a lenticular cloud without a wow! moment? Not this little black duck.

  • http://www.travelphotographyguru.com/ Travel Photography Guru

    Checked out your new store Trey. It’s great! There’s no doubt about it – when it comes to swing, you’re pretty much the king.

  • http://photoventures.wordpress.com/ Jeff Peterson

    Wow, those clouds look completely unreal. The lake and mountains make for a great scene.

  • Andrea Boyle

    I think we get those clouds over Mount Shasta sometimes. They hover like spacecrafts over the peak. Your beautiful photo looks a little like a painting. ( Did you grow up with enormous scenic oil paintings over the white sofa in the living room that was covered in plastic and nobody sat on?? I did…) I would rather have your photo any day!

    Oh. Gotta get that T-shirt… and maybe the Steampunk strap for my new costume! Woo hoo!

  • http://blog.ahles.nl/ Patrick Ahles

    This shot almost looks like a painting! I could totally imagine someone making a jigsaw puzzle out of it.

  • Chris

    Hey Trey – Chris from Seattle. Those are definitely lenticular clouds formed by mountain wave activity. The South Island of New Zealand is famous amongst us glider pilots for these beautiful clouds and the great soaring that comes with them.

  • BlueRose .

    Yes those layers of clouds stacked like that is a peculiarity I have only seen the South Island, I last saw it over Cromwell, but we get lenticular clouds here in CHCH on occasion as well, but not these lovely mulitlayer ones :)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks again :)

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