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The Southern Alps of New Zealand

Thought for the day..”Success is when preparation meets opportunity”

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your entire life running up and down the field and never score”

Two photos from yesterday, taken on a flight around the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand.   Unusually there was absolutely no wind over the mountains, meaning absolutely no turbulence, so I was able to fly closer to the mountains than normal.    The photos are screenshots from the video camera (the video will go up on Youtube later), and show Mt. Aspiring (3033m high) in the Mt. Aspiring National Park.  In the first photo, on the horizon left of the wing, you can see New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt. Cook, which is now 3724m high.   To the right of Mt. Aspiring is the large Bonar Glacier.   Unfortunately there is a movement in New Zealand to rename many of the places and mountains with minority names, however the official names of the mountains are still Mt. Aspiring and also Mt. Cook.   So here is Mt. Aspiring below the wingtip….

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and another photo, again a screenshot from the video camera..The normal climbing route is up the long snow covered face (about 60 degrees) on the left, then along the ridge to the summit at 3033m.

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Autumn colours at Glendu Bay, New Zealand

Thought for the day…”Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it”

”  Opportunity does not knock.  It presents itself when you beat down the door”.

Autumn at Glendu Bay, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand for the photo today.  In the centre of the photo is the Bonar Glacier and Mount Aspiring (3033m) in the middle of the Mt. Aspiring National Park.  Glendu Bay is famous for its autumn colours, and often features on postcards and in brochures.  The nearby camping site is packed out over Christmas and New Year, a kiwi tradition to set up camp by the lakeside here.   The town of Pembroke Wanaka is a short drive away as is the small Treble Cone ski area, whilst further up the valley is the start of the national park, with fantastic nature and hiking possibilities.   The Canadian pop/country singer Shania Twain owned property near hear until recently, not hard to see why.

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and another photo from the archives…..the Sultan’s Palace in Muscat, Oman

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Happiness, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” The right angle to approach a difficult problem is the try-angle”.

” Smile.  It improves your face value”

Wonderful news!   Venezuela has appointed its first vice minister for happiness.  Not only that, but it has also started a government section to encourage social happiness.    The UN now publishes a world happiness report, and Bhutan has its index of happiness.   But as usual, Denmark comes top of the world’s happiest countries, despite having high taxes, followed by Norway (even higher taxes) and then Switzerland.  Bottom of the happiness table (or perhaps top of the UNhappy countries) was Togo, although Rwanda and Burundi were not far behind.   Happiness is no laughing matter !!

Another view of the stunning Lake Wanaka in New Zealand here, and near Glendu Bay.  The water comes from the glaciers, and Mt. Aspiring National Park is visible in the background, with the snow-capped 3033m Mt. Aspiring on the right.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 14th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Nature always sides with the hidden flaw”    ” Every solution breeds new problems”

”  The attention span of a computer is only as long as its electrical cord”.

Another New Zealand photo today, and Mount Aspiring which rises to 3033m.   It is often called the Matterhorn of the South, due to its similarity.  The first recorded ascent took place in 1909, although now it is frequently climbed as it is not too technical.  It lies at the junction of 3 glaciers, the Volta, Bonar and Therma Glaciers.  The tallest mountain in New Zealand is Mount Cook, at 3753m.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 8th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day… ” Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree. “

Up in the Southern Alps of New Zealand for the photo today and to the glaciers around Mount Aspiring.    The photo is taken from a light aircraft and shows the glacier plunging down into the valley.    If you look closely at the rocks on the right side of the glacier, then you may be able to make out a red building.  This is Colin Todd Hut, used as a base for climbers attempting to climb the 3033m Mt. Aspiring mountain.   The photo was taken in late summer, hence the lack of snow around the glacier.