River at Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015

A Grey Day at Fox Glacier…

Leaving Christchurch on a grey and rainy day we headed towards the west coast via Arthurs Pass; the intention was to take in the stunning scenery along the way to our final destination for the day at Franz Josef Glacier. The previous day had been beautiful and sunny during our sojourn around Christchurch, however unfortunately this was not to be the case on the first leg of our trip, although the scenery is so stunning that the rain did little to dampen our spirits…

River at Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Captured at Fox Glacier during an 8 second exposure… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015

The road through Arthurs Pass offers some incredibly beautiful scenery; we had calculated that the whole trip from Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier would take approximately 5 hours, however we had not factored in the innumerable camera stops…

Driving through Arthurs Pass© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Driving through Arthurs Pass © Michael Evans Photographer
Outside Christchurch© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Outside Christchurch… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Stones in New Zealand © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
These stone sentinels reminded me I was in ‘Middle Earth!’ © Michael Evans Photographer

After we checked into our accommodation at Franz Josef, we decided to go and have a look at the nearby Fox Glacier, which is also one of the worlds most accessible glaciers. It is a short 23km drive from Franz Josef township, and is surrounded by some stunning rainforest walks; the following images are from that wonderful afternoon immersed in the smells and tranquillity of the rain, the glacier and the forest trail…

Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Panorama at Fox Glacier; this was the closest that we could approach without a guide due to unstable rock conditions © Michael Evans Photographer
Overlooking Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Overlooking Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Forest fungi © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rainforest stream near Fox Glacier© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rainforest near Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015

 

River at Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Long exposure fun © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
New Zealand Fern © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
The symbol of NZ… Michael Evans Photographer 2015

Once again I did bring my tripod with me on this trip, but cleverly managed to leave it in the car for this walk, which meant wet knees, thighs and backside while lying down taking the long exposure images…

Overlooking Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
River at Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rock at Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rock detail at Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rainforest near Fox Glacier© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Forest fern © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
River at Fox Glacier © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Obviously I was having fun with the blurry water…© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rainforest near Fox Glacier© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rainforest near Fox Glacier© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
I can still ‘smell’ this tree every time I see this image… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Rainforest stream near Fox Glacier© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “A Grey Day at Fox Glacier…

  1. Wow… I could feel the chillness in the air but the views are breathtaking and worth all the effort 🙂

    I don’t used to miss even a single opportunity to hike through the hills of my native, and these image are really mouthwatering stuff for me 🙂

    New Zealand is right there on top of my wish list, your recent stories are irresistible, Michael 🙂

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