Aurora Australis 31-10-13

Aurora Australis 31-10-13 by mjm_nz
Aurora Australis 31-10-13, a photo by mjm_nz on Flickr.

The beautiful colours of the Aurora Australis at Hoopers Inlet, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

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Aurora australis

I was up late on Saturday night and saw a few posts on Facebook about people out photographing the Aurora.  It was pretty cloudy, but I decided to jump in the car and go and have a look for myself.  It was pretty hard to see with the naked eye, but through the lens it looked pretty cool.  This was the first time I’d gone out to photograph an Aurora and I think I need a bit more practice, but I’m definitely hooked – it’s such a wonderful phenomenon to experience.

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Mount Cook and Tekapo

This last weekend we spent a lovely weekend in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.  I was lucky enough to win a voucher for a nights accommodation at Glentanner Park last year with this photo of an iceberg in the Tasman Glacier lake.  Glentanner is a great place to stay – a handy short drive to Mount Cook National Park.

The weather was spectacular, although the top of Aoraki was cloaked in cloud for most of our stay.  We made the most of the great weather and went on a couple of walks and for a trip with Tasman Glacier Tours.  This was heaps of fun, although I was disappointed not to see a large iceberg up close like the one I’d taken a photo of last time (with a long lens standing on the side of the lake).

Of course, no trip to that part of the country is complete in my books without a stop in Tekapo.  It’s such a lovely restful place to stay, and a great place to practice your night photography (Tekapo is an international dark sky reserve).

All in all, a fantastic weekend away 🙂