New Zealand Lake Matheson from Reflection Island

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John Freeman

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About this spot
Lake Matheson, near the Fox Glacier in South Westland, New Zealand, is famous for its reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. This Glorious morning at around 7:45 on January 8th 2019, the water was nearly glass smooth and a "Sea Smoke" fog drifted across it's surface. The waters of Lake Matheson are dark brown, so on a calm day they create the ideal reflective surface. The color is caused by natural leaching of organic matter from the surrounding native forest floor. By a happy coincidence, the mountains to the east are perfectly positioned to reflect in the lake. Lake Matheson was formed when the Fox Glacier retreated from its last major advance towards the sea and left a depression which later filled with water.

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