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Road To Milford 6/14 - Eglinton Valley

Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 19 December 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Looking north up the Eglinton valley on a section called the "Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain" - So called as the central peaks appear to sink as you drive up the valley - this is an optical illusion caused by the rising road. The Earl mountains are on the left with Mt Eglington and Largs Peak

This series follows our journey along State Highway 94 as we travelled from Te Anau to Milford Sound. The route is 73 miles (119km) long and it is regarded as one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand; with a peak elevation of 940m, it is also one of the country's highest. The road travels up the eastern side of Lake Te Anau along the lateral moraine left behind after the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last ice age.

From Te Anau Downs, the road veers right and enters the Eglinton Valley. The road then runs parallel to the right side of the Eglinton River for 20 miles while it passes through Knobs Flat. At Cascade Creek, the road emerges onto the shorelines of Lake Gunn and Lake Fergus. The road then passes through a saddle and emerges at the upper section of the Hollyford Valley.

After Hollyford, the road veers to the west and rises steadily along the valley to its highest point at the Homer Tunnel. At 1270 metres long it is the second-longest road tunnel in New Zealand. The road then emerges at the head of the Cleddau Valley and the road spends its last 10 miles descending along the valley to Milford Sound.

Panasonic DMC-FZ18 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 100 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

sunstonemaria from California, United States

fantastic light and colors of the landscape!

19 Dec 2011 5:54am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice captured
well done

19 Dec 2011 6:49am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - stunning clarity and a breathtaking vista.

19 Dec 2011 7:27am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Almost selective colour !

19 Dec 2011 7:31am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh my! This is beautiful. I love the contrast between the bottom half and top half of the photo.

19 Dec 2011 8:01am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Real Hobbit Country

19 Dec 2011 8:37am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Excellent ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

19 Dec 2011 8:56am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Fantastic composition, a truly beautiful place beautifully captured

19 Dec 2011 9:15am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice contrast between the back and foreground , nice landscape , Phil

19 Dec 2011 9:56am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ...A spectacular perspectiv ! Very beautifu l!

19 Dec 2011 11:50am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great scene ! It's really spectacular !

19 Dec 2011 12:25pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Superbe photo!! quand le cile rejoint la terre!!! Trop beau++++

19 Dec 2011 1:54pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful scenery, great view, and great information.

19 Dec 2011 1:55pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

What a sense of vastness!

19 Dec 2011 2:34pm

franz from Baden, Austria

what a fantastic and marvellously unspoilt scenery, and what a superb image of it ... reminds me very much of patagonia and tierra del fuego (which is not surprising, as it is almost as far south as this!)

19 Dec 2011 3:15pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

This is taken from the Lord of the Rings. Wonderful, stunning image and scenery!

19 Dec 2011 3:44pm

@Francisco Romero: Peter Jackson used many locations in NZ when filming the LotR, in fact many places where stitched together using CGI to create his amazing landscapes. Many tourist maps now have a LotR icon to indicate the various locations that were used somewhere in the film.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Super compo et image avec un V et ce contraste entre le dorée et ces montagnes.

Bravo et belle soirée

19 Dec 2011 4:02pm

Shahriar choobin from Mashhad, Iran


19 Dec 2011 4:27pm

Sarah from Tehran, Iran

Great captured!
Well done...

19 Dec 2011 5:53pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nice composition and interesting atmosphere of this image.

19 Dec 2011 7:19pm

Baldwin from Venezuela

Amazing landscape. Beautiful contrast between colors from the foreground and the background !!!

19 Dec 2011 8:16pm

Reinald Van De Walle from Vigo, Spain

I love the colors, the combination and contrast between them.

19 Dec 2011 8:24pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!

19 Dec 2011 9:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a gorgeous landscape! Beautiful light and color!

19 Dec 2011 9:20pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

This is a very interesting series...amazing landscapes everyday! I like the dual tone here. Excellent composition!

19 Dec 2011 9:25pm

Aaron S from Brooklyn, United States

Gorgeous. one of my favorite drives in the world!

19 Dec 2011 9:41pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful and dramatic landscape! just as i remember it! very well composed with great light control as well - it would not have been easy in these conditions...

20 Dec 2011 2:03am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very good atmosphere and mood in this landscape, very much like Glencoe.

20 Dec 2011 5:03am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Stunning, I agree with Curly, Glencoe has the same atmosphere

20 Dec 2011 2:15pm

Panasonic DMC-FZ18
1/250 second
ISO 100
28 mm (35mm equiv.)