Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ABC Wednesday: ICE

ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt

We went as a family to New Zealand's most famous glaciers are the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers on the South Island's West Coast. Gouged out by moving ice over thousands of years, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are easily accessible to mountaineers and hikers.
It was daunting to see such massive rivers of frozen ice.

On the West Coast, remnants of the ice age cascade from vast snowfields of the Southern Alps to valley floors just 300 metres above sea level. Nowhere in the world's temperate zones are glaciers so accessible - glaciers cover nearly half the area of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Just recently on September the fourth, a Fletcher FU24 aircraft crashed at the end of the runway at Fox Glacier Airport. The crash was New Zealand's worst aviation disaster in 17 years and killed 9.


Carolyn Ford said...

amazing glacier! And, so sad about the airline crash nearby...tragic!

Kay L. Davies said...

Ice is nice, especially for I day.
Glaciers are fascinating aren't they?
Airline crashes are, as Carolyn said, tragic.
Alberta, Canada

Anonymous said...

Such awesome glaciers. My sympathies on the air crash.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Ann
Oh girl, it reminds me that Autumn is coming and then Winter and snow, cold,so...ICE TIME! :)
As I'm from Brazil, you can imagine this kind of weather is not my cup of tea!
So sad the news about the aircraft crashed runway at Fox Glacier Airport.


Sciarada said...

Buongiorno Ann, I believe that climbing on a glacier must be a beautiful and exciting experience!

mrsnesbitt said...

I did not even know New Zealand had glaciers! It just goes to show how much we don't know and how much there is to know - ABC Wednesday brings the world a little closer.

Great post - fantastic photograph.

ABC Team

VioletSky said...

Glaciers are amazing phenomena aren't they?!

So sorry to hear about the crash - especially on top of everything else you all are going through.

Anonymous said...

Glaciers are so pure and lovely!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful ice glaciers.

Francisca said...

Amazing that with all that dust on the glacier you can still see the blue. Good "I" day! Mine is Instruments of the Nawari.

[Luckily for me, I get to eat many cuisines, but if I were grounded and told I could have only one, it would be Cantonese. I could never grow tired of all the freshness, or my sweetheart's comfort food. The chili I would have with prawns... maybe Sichuan style. :-D]

magiceye said...

sorry about the crash
wonderful take on the theme

penny said...

These magnificent glaciers create beautiful mountains as they move forward.
Nice family shot, Ann.
Although, sad news about airplane crash.

Verns said...

an Earth feature people in the tropics long to see, this is awesome..

dropping by for ABC Wed..

Snow Leopard said...

Never imagined that New Zealand has glaciers. Amazing pics. Sad news about the crash though.


Louis la Vache said...

Ann - regarding Linky and Sunday Bridges, I am leaving Linky open 24 hours, but as I wrote yesterday, any time you have trouble send me an e-mail. I'm happy to try to help.

Roger Owen Green said...

don't think of NZ and glaciers. sorry about the accident.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Anonymous said...

I liked the picture of your family at the glacier. I'm sorry to hear of the plane crash.

Carver said...

Fantastic shot of the glacier and an interesting post for the letter I.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I clicked on these pictures to get a better look, very impressive!!

photowannabe said...

Glaciers are mind boggling to me. Amazing. Great photos.
So sorry to hear about the crushing loss of life in the crash.

jay said...

How very sad about the crash - I'm guessing they were tourists?

We visited the glaciers in 1987. Most impressive!

Unknown said...

wow, I've never been to a glacier. The plane crash is so tragic.

kat said...

I have a cousin in New Zealand but she never mentioned about the glacier hehe. Whew! Ice is coming again..! Well, i still love Philippines, the ice is just inside the fridge..lol.

Happy ABC Wednesday.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ann, This is incredible.... Getting that close to a glacier is totally awesome. Wow!!!! My brother and SIL did alot of traveling years ago --and they loved New Zealand... They talked and talked about it...

Thanks for sharing... Sorry to hear about the airline crash though.

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos from the glacier, an amazing experience to get to spend time there.

George said...

It must have been an amazing experience to be able to see those glaciers up close like that. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures.