Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, New Zealand

    
     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 the Sky.

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.

New Zealand 2002

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