Sunrise At Tasman Glacier
As the sun rises from the East the tops of the higher peaks of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park are the first to catch its rays.
We had spent the night in Ball Shelter, which if you look closely towards the lake at the end of the Glacier and a bit to the right, you’ll see the small 3 person hut about as far back against the beginning of the rise of the ridge. Our plan was to follow this ridge up the side of the Ball Glacier as far as we could then return back to Ball Shelter and out back to the car park near the end of the Tasman Glacier. This had been our 2nd attempt to find the “way” up towards Caroline hut. The track seems only to be marked by cairn, and these can be very hard to follow in the areas where there has been rock falls. We did however make it up to an amazing view over the Ball Glacier and from here we could see the East Ridge of Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand.
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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.
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Put this one in full screen and don't come back. Love, 360.
Text by Steve Smith.