Beautiful Lake Pukaki is a large lake situated near Mt Cook and the Southern Alps and this gorgeous scenery picture shows just how picturesque this region is in the Mackenzie Basin in Canterbury on the South Island of New Zealand. The blue of glacier fed Lake Pukaki looks really close to a sky blue and the lake was so calm when this picture was taken that it almost looks like there is a sheet of blue glass stretched over the surface.
Lake Pukaki is the largest of the three alpine lakes in this region and it was created by a receeding glacier and the distinctive blue color actually comes from a substance called glacial flour. Glacial flour is finely ground rock particles coming down from the glaciers and when they reach the water it turns in to this cornflower blue color.
Mt Cook, which can be seen in the background is part of the Southern Alps and is the highest mountain in New Zealand. In this photo it seems to stretch up endlessly in to the sky. This mountain is not only a popular tourist destination but it is also a popular mountain for mountain climbers as it provides such a challenge. The view over Lake Pukaki is also spectacular from Mt Cook just as it is from this direction as well.
Mt Cook and the Southern Alps with Lake Pukaki in the foreground, Mackenzie Basin, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 320mm.
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