Mt Cook Grand Plateau, New Zealand
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Panoramic photo by Tomasz Makarewicz EXPERT Taken 07:47, 18/01/2012 - Views loading...

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Mt Cook Grand Plateau, New Zealand

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Mount Cook Plateau is one of the most popular destinations amongst mountain climbers visiting South Island of New Zealand. But to our surprise, we were the only three guys in the hut for five days! The next couple of days of recconnaisance up to the West Ridge of Mt Cook and Linda Glacier provided the answers: massive crevasses - some tens of meters deep - were blocking the way and Linda Glacier (along which most of guides thake their clients to the summit) was impassable - the season was over...

While at the glaciers: there are people that will tell you that global warming is a scam created by scientist to get more money for research, or whatever theories they have. But look at the facts: the glaciers are retreating and they are retreating because of increasing average temperatures. If you take a look at the above panorama, you don't need to be a genius to tell that the Tasman Glacier is only a fraction of what is used to be - the side moraine climbs few hundred feet above the current level of the glacier marking it's level from the distant past. Just a thought...

Phew! - that was uncomfortable.. standing on a sharp rock and trying to keep the weight on the wire in the same spot while taking individual shots was a bit tricky, but important to keep the parallax error fairly low. To add more to it, I thought all the effort was going to go for nothing when I reallized later, when examining the photos, that they were taken in aperture priority rather than manual mode, which was essential for HDR output. Fortunately, I managed to rescue the situation, though the result is far from perfect...

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A: Mt Cook Plateau Hut

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This panorama was taken in New Zealand, Polynesia

This is an overview of Polynesia

Forever has always existed.

In the mythology of Oceanic peoples, it's been there along with Darkness and the Sea.

The Earth came from the efforts of Old Spider, who soared over the endless sea and found a giant clam. She opened it and crawled inside, finding a snail there to share the space with her. She set the snail in the west and made it into the Moon to shed some light into the darkness. Together they raised up the top of the clam shell to make the sky, pushing it until it was wide open.

Then they pushed the bottom half of the clam shell in the other direction to make the ground. The earth was called Papa and the sky Ranga. These are the two first beings who created all the flowers, plants, trees and animals on the islands, and fish in the sea.

They celebrated all their open space by making as many beautiful creatures as they could imagine, but they still remained separated by the work of the original Old Spider. Each night, Ranga weeps for his beloved Papa earth, and this is where the morning dew comes from.

Polynesia means "many islands" and when you see these pictures, you will want to visit all of them. To make it simple, the islands sit in a triangle described by connecting Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island.

There are over a thousand of these islands of surfer's paradise in the central and south Pacific Ocean. It's stunning. Look at the color of the water here! And the sunset... these speak for themselves. Could you be happy in this little house? How about some reef diving inside a lagoon?

Put this one in full screen and don't come back. Love, 360.

Text by Steve Smith.

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