The first HDR photo shows a flare from the direct sunlight into the camera lens and highlights the striking clouds. Mount Cook is hidden in the distant cloud cover at about 1 o’clock in the photo (assuming 12 o’clock is dead center).
The second picture is a zoomed in (200mm) HDR of the bottom left hand corner of the first image.
If you have never visited the South Island of New Zealand, I can’t recommend it enough! This country is staggeringly beautiful at every turn. Should Trump get elected president, I’ll relocate here. (Not even kidding.)
Oh, it’s Valentine’s Day. Here’s another photo: the only picture I got of Mount Cook itself. I shot it from the hotel window at around 3:00am, the only time the mountain was not completely engulfed in dense cloud cover. This is a 30 second exposure, hence you see the star light trails and the snow blowing from the mountain tops. Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in the Southern Alps, is the distant mountain. This gorgeous peek looked surreal in the reflecting moonlight.
Happy Valentine’s Day!