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New Zealand: Milford Sound

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On February 22nd we made like tourists and took a two-hour boat cruise of Milford Sound on the southwestern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. As you can see, Milford Sound is a fiord. Given the heavy annual rainfall in this area, more than a dozen waterfalls cascade into the fiord. Notice one near the left edge of the first photograph and the right edge of the second. Notice also how the clouds descend below the peaks of the mountains that line the fiord. The distant white in the second photograph is residual snow or ice from the previous winter.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 9, 2017 at 5:01 AM

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  1. The waterfalls and clouds are such a delicate contrast to those massive mountains. The contrast is especially delightful in that second photo. I can imagine a children’s story about New Zealand called “The Mountain and The Cloud.”


    May 9, 2017 at 5:48 AM

  2. […] boats on Milford Sound get close enough to some of the waterfalls cascading into it for tourists on board to see one or […]

  3. I would so love to go to Milford Sound .. it is meant to be spectacular. One day 😄


    May 13, 2017 at 12:42 AM

  4. I didn’t realize New Zealand had fjords, though that demonstrates, more than anything, my ignorance about its landscape. Such a beautiful country!

    Susan Scheid

    May 23, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    • Now that you’ve covered some parts of Europe, perhaps you’ll set your sights on New Zealand. You’ll be well rewarded, as you’ve seen in some of these pictures. And everyone there speaks English (even if they do drive on the wrong side of the road).

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 23, 2017 at 8:21 AM

  5. […] year ago today we took a boat tour of the South Island’s famous Milford Sound. In the picture below, taken from the boat, note that in addition to the fur seals basking in a […]

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