As a 12 kilometre long blanket of ice, Fox Glacier creeps through the Fox Glacier Valley in the Westland National Park of New Zealand at a rate of approximately one metre a week, fed by the snowfields of the Southern Alps.
As a top tourist destination on the South Island of New Zealand, there are a number of flightseeing options available from the townsite of Fox Glacier to the glacier by way of helicopter. These flights provide stupendous aerial views of the surrounding mountains as well as the jagged topography of glacier itself. There are many crevasses full of deep blue water bounded by high peaks of ice which create glacial lakes - these are often dotted by small icebergs.
Ground rock and ice particles are responsible for the brilliant blue colour of the water of this glacier lake which was seen high up on Fox Glacier.
Westland National Park was established in 1960 and covers an area of 127,500 hectares from the peaks of the Southern Alps to the sandy shores of the Tasman Sea. The park encompasses two glaciers - Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, mountains, lakes, rivers, sandy beaches, and rugged coastline.
Aerial view of a blue lake on Fox Glacier seen during a Mount Cook Spectacular with landing flight (40 minutes) with Glacier Helicopters, Westland, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/5.6, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 35mm.
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