The Blue of Lake Pukaki

Photos in Nepal for Charity – Let’s do it!

Firstly, I will say straight away that I’m paying my own way on this Nepalese adventure with Patrick Rothfuss, and I won’t use any of the charity’s money. 100% of the money raised goes to the Heifer International!

This year, the goal is $500,000. Last year, it hit $310,000, but this year we can blast through that! Your $20 or $120 is quickly multiplied thanks to sweet sweet social media! 🙂 Donate a Flock o’ Chickens at

Now, who is this enigmatic Patrick Rothfuss? I’ve told many of you that upon reading his book “The Name of The Wind” you automatically level up as my friend. Some of you are level 1, others are level 2. Some are even level 3. (But seriously, every week I get dozens of emails from people profusely thanking me for introducing them to that book. Rothfuss is teaching us all…)

And insofar as Rothfuss is teaching us all, he is the man behind the brilliant Worldbuilders, which is a really fun way to raise money for Heifer International. By donating, you also have the chance to win incredible prizes, especially if you are a geek. And, if you’re not a geek, I hope you have a few geeks in your life. We’re everywhere now, since, finally, geeks rule much of the world. Anyway, see all the incredible prizes and more on blog’o’Rothfuss at

There is a bonus charity auction as well, full of all kinds of geeky-goodness!

So, when I’m in Nepal with Patrick, we’ll be taking all kinds of photos of the families you’ve affected so you can see what your money has done. I’ll do hangouts and answer questions and take special requests! Want to see me milk a yak?


Going to Visit Hobbiton

I’m on my way to visit the real Hobbiton! I went there many years ago, but now it’s been upgraded — this is exciting… to see everything and visit the actual

Daily Photo – The Blue of Lake Pukaki

This is the view that you get on the way to Mt. Cook. It was my first time going there… and I was so happy to see the amazing color of the water! I don’t know if it is like this all the time, but I figure it is. I’m about to go for a second trip, so I will report back soon!

There are many places to stop along the road to get this shot. I think I could get a better one if I did a bit more hiking, but I was feeling a bit lazy this day!

The Blue of Lake Pukaki

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  • Date Taken2018-01-04 15:11:16
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  • Casper van Zyl

    What can I say ? its just beautiful.

  • susan ratcliff

    Wow – that water is such an awesome color – beautiful! Glad you get to go to Hobbiton again! 🙂

  • pmw

    I just clicked on the link…there’s always a special link somewhere…sending blessings to mr. west… and I just found another special link of annie bergman <3

  • Beautiful photo, Trey!! Heifer International is a wonderful organization to donate to. We do at our church. Have a wonderful Friday!!

  • Have fun in Nepal! I just picked p the book for my read in Mexico. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Beautiful photo Trey, however, I am definitely more impressed with the upper two-thirds of this photo. Cropping the bottom one-third is, in my opinion, a must… Russ

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Maria Falvey

    Surreal and sublime!

  • Love the color and the composition. Great photo!

  • Eric Richards

    It appears like tropical ocean water in a lake with snow capped mountains looming behind, u sure this is earth?

  • You inspired me to do the same in Egypt. My homeland needs all the support after the revolution. Thanks for the great initiative.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Turn this black and white and you have a great Ansel Adams!

  • Laney | Crash Test Mummy

    Yep, it’s that colour all the time. It’s from the silica deposited by the glacier. We used to swim in it as kids (our farm was on the lake). It’s really cold!

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