I said I would post some photos and articles about New Zealand on my blog and here is the first one. This photo is of Lake Matheson, a lake near Fox Glacier in Westland National Park. It is about halfway down the western side of New Zealand's South Island. (NZ is composed of the North and South Islands and the very small Stewart Island way down south).
Lake Matheson is in the middle of glacier country and it is well-known for reflecting Mts Cook and Tasman in its still, pristine waters. Mt Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain at 12,346 ft, although NZ measurements are metric so it's 3,763 metres high. And the problem with experienced skiiers and trampers coming to this area from far afield is that this area is treacherous. Do not underestimate this wild area. The weather changes from one breath to the next so you NEVER set out without the best equipment you can afford, or without notifying someone of where you're going and when you'll be back.
As always, beauty walks hand-in-hand with death.