Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Approach to New Zealand

I have always been fascinated in mountains with snowcaps. Being in a hot tropical country, i experienced seeing it only as an adult during my few travels in temperate climates. But they have been very far from the plane window and disappeared quickly from my view. Going to New Zealand is a different case, as views of the snow caps were there much longer, and i had the delight of my life. It turned out that these are actually glaciers deposited through time. Wikipedia said that 18 glaciers are in the North Island, while 3,155 are in the South Island being closer to the Antarctic.

My eyes and camera are fixed on the window, i kept on clicking until the plane touched land. My soul is silent in awe!

The moment i saw some clearings in between the clouds, my eyes got fixed through the window.

These are fully hard rocks, cleared of any loose particles by the falling snow.

These mountains are incredibly different in color than the rest of the mountains, maybe these are rich in gold. 

 Rivers rise and ebb because of the melting snow and glaciers.

It is amazing that even these rocky mountains have well developed road systems to the other side. I just don't know what these roads are used for, as no signs of habitation are on those mountains. Definitely, no possible agricultural activities will also thrive there. 

As we approach land, i can already zoom in to a particular area. New Zealand is criss-crossed by lots of bodies of water like the above. And those small islands at the middle make the landscape very picturesque and beautiful.

The final approach to the airport in Auckland.

Those wildflowers on these rocky mountain make it look like a landscaped rock, very beautiful as the plane approaches land. I hope to be near it on foot sometime. But eventually, when a lot more wonderful vegetation on land are near, i almost forgot my first hope to go to this place. I will just look at these photos and reminisce my feelings of awe and delight. 
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