Day 26 – Fox Glacier like you’ve never seen it before!

With nothing planned today it was an opportunity to sleep in but I got up at 8:00am for free oats porridge. It had rained most of the night and was still raining outside which is not unusual here as they measure rainfall in metres (not inches) and receive, on average, 17 metres of precipitation a year. Karin and I went for a walk around the town which didn’t take long with a population of around 250 people. Then we got some fish & chips for lunch (yes Roan, more fish and chips) before heading back to the hostel to relax for the rest of the day. You might think it’s a waste to just sit around watching DVDs but it does get quite tiring travelling on buses every other day and living out of a backpack. So a rest day every now and again isn’t a bad thing but as promised here are a few more images from my incredible heli hike on the Fox Glacier.

sitting in the front on the helipad ready for takeoff

first glimpse of the Fox Glacier as we fly up the valley

These are all HDR (High Dynamic Range) images which are created by combining three different exposures to create a single photo that is a more realistic representation of what our eyes, that adjust to different exposures, see in real life.

a compression arch on the Fox Glacier

a surrealistic view of an ice tunnel on the Fox Glacier

another ice tunnel with the beautiful blue colour from refracted light

another compression arch

I explain more about HDR images here otherwise just sit back and enjoy this short video of the helicopter flight down from the Fox Glacier.


About Rory Alexander

Ever growing blogger that spent 2 years in living in China, then 6 weeks backpacking around New Zealand and is now back home in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
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7 Responses to Day 26 – Fox Glacier like you’ve never seen it before!

  1. planaquarium says:

    Amazing unearthly blue glow – nice glacier shots. Glad you’re enjoying the helicopter rides. πŸ™‚

  2. Jim Brickett says:

    Wow!! Amazing!! I love the ice that gets the blue hue and amazing shapes of sculpture.

  3. Suzy says:

    I love the colors you captured in the ice tunnels. It’s a surreal blue.

  4. GaiL says:

    Hi Rory – blue is my favorite colour. That’s why I love summer and the beach; clear blue skies and seas that compliment it. But I have never pictured a blue ice (i’m from a tropical country by the way) =) Thanks for sharing these great shots. NZ’s Department of Tourism (if they have one) should pay you big time for highlighting the best NZ has to offer. Makes me wanna go there NOW! =) Happy tramping =)

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