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Piopiotahi - Milford Sound 2/18

Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 14 January 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The base of Mt Philipps in the forground with the peaks of the Sheerdown Hills in the distance, between them flows the Arthur River and the world famous Milford Track departs for Te Anau Downs.

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged as one of the world's top travel destinations and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.

Named after Milford Haven in Wales, the hometown of Captain John Grono who discovered it around 1812. A few years later it was renamed to Milford Sound by Captain John Lort Stokes. Prior to the European arrival the fiord was a playground for the local Māori who understood the migrations of local marine life and the tidal patterns.

Milford Sound runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea at Dale Point - the mouth of the fiord - and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) or more on either side. Among the peaks are The Elephant at 1,517 metres (4,977 ft) and The Lion, 1,302 metres (4,272 ft). Lush rain forests cling precariously to the cliffs and occasionally portions of the rain forest will lose their grip on the sheer rock face, the resulting tree avalanches leave scars of bare rock amongst the vegetation.

The sound sports two permanent waterfalls (Lady Bowen & Stirling Falls), although after prolonged rainfall many more additional waterfalls can be seen cascading down the sheer rock faces. As Milford is renowned as the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest in the world it is commonplace to see these temporary falls.

As of the 2006 census, just 120 people lived in Milford Sound, most of them working in tourism or conservation.

Panasonic DMC-FZ18 1/160 second F/4.0 ISO 100 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastiqeu cadrage avec les deux plant des montagne sueprbe vue et compo.
Bravo et amitié

14 Jan 2012 7:11am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The purples, greens and yellows are almost Scottish(Probably not what you want to hear if you've spent a gazzillion pounds and hours getting there!)

14 Jan 2012 8:26am

@CElliottUK: There are massive similarities between parts of Scotland, Wales and even the Lake District! However the overwhelming sense of scale cannot be matched and unfortunately the photos don't really convey this. In this particular photo, Mt Philipps has a vertical cliffs to it's summit at 1446m while the front peak of Sheerdown Hills rises to a staggering 1723m - Ben Nevis huge as it is, has a summit of 1344m but is a much more rounded namby pamby sort of shape.

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Una imagen impresionante,todo un privilegio.

14 Jan 2012 8:40am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bel angle ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

14 Jan 2012 9:45am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Awesome capture!
I love the stark difference between the left and right sides.

14 Jan 2012 9:59am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What an impressive landscape

14 Jan 2012 10:12am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Amazing view, what a really beautiful place

14 Jan 2012 10:31am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Majestic peaks and marvelous textures! Extraordinary capture of the light as well.

14 Jan 2012 11:48am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

I'd like to be there. Fantastic shot.

14 Jan 2012 1:35pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A three-dimensional image ... I see a canvas painted in oil ... The left side gtiene some texture and color ... wonderful ... Una buena lectura! Best regards, Adela

14 Jan 2012 2:18pm

Karen Politte from Conway, AR, United States

stunning shot and other-worldly beauty here!! Well done!!!

14 Jan 2012 2:46pm

akbar from gorgan, Iran

excellent shot

very beautiful

14 Jan 2012 6:04pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Very nice to see, how small we are :-)
Beautiful high mountains, an impressive landscape
Very nice shot Jules!

14 Jan 2012 6:24pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Before I read your description I recongnised this famous NZ landmark, I'm yet to visit it and take a photo like this. Great work.

14 Jan 2012 7:16pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 Jan 2012 8:12pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Fantastic scene !!! Wonderful colors and nice framing

14 Jan 2012 9:11pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

very beautiful !

14 Jan 2012 9:21pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The colors are gorgeous. What a beautiful landscape!

15 Jan 2012 12:40am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


15 Jan 2012 12:52am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Spectacular scene !

15 Jan 2012 1:15am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


15 Jan 2012 8:23am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent capture again! love the composition!

15 Jan 2012 1:29pm

franz from Baden, Austria

WOW ..... !!

18 Jan 2012 10:32pm

Panasonic DMC-FZ18
1/160 second
ISO 100
28 mm (35mm equiv.)