Revered heights -- Explorers James
Cook and Abel Tasman have left their names all over Australia and New
Zealand, but nowhere more honourably than the southernmost foothold of a
continent (Tasmania), a sea (the expanse between Australia and New
Zealand), and here, a nation's two tallest peaks.
The Maori also have a lofty title for Mt Cook: Aorangi, the Cloud in
In the photo above, the helicopter bearing myself and five others (one
pilot) is making a banked approach of Mt Tasman, with Mt Cook still ahead.
The horizon is that of the Tasman Sea.
At left, the spine of Aorangi serves as the daunting proving ground of
Edmund Hillary for his eventual ascent of Everest.
These photos are taken with the Nikon D100 digital SLR and
the Nikon f/2.8 20mm D lens, aboard a helicopter.