Milford Sound would have to be one of New Zealand’s premium travel spots. Nestled near the bottom of the South Island in remote and beautiful wilderness of Fiordland, Milford Sound boasts a fantastic array of natural wonder. Mitre Peak, so named for the resemblance of the Pope’s ceremonial headdress, is snow capped most of the year, but here in the height of summer most of it is gone. At 1,692 meters, this is the world’s tallest sea cliff. This part of NZ is one of the world’s wettest destinations, with a reported 7metres of rain each year!
If I do a quick calculation, that is enough rain to submerge Mitre Peak in 241 years!
Lucky for me it was a clear day on this occasion.
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bostankorkulugu (42498) 2007-12-04 16:58
oh what a stunning place to be... it was good to have the boats in the compo matt, to add a sense of scale... great piece of nature, beautiful shot...
humayun (3105) 2007-12-04 19:05
nice image nice pov................
one mountain is spain just like that called jabralter........
avene (12675) 2007-12-04 19:13
excellent shot, Matthew, the combination of blue and green is what I've always imagined NZ would look like, I've heard it called "Iceland, Norway and Costa Rica rolled together". definetly on my "to go to" list :) getting the boats in the scene really shows the scale here, as do the clouds in the distance. beautiful composition too, I really like the strong diagonal of the slope of the mountain. very well seen and presented.
Benedict (7076) 2007-12-04 19:35
would love to be here someday! what a place to unwind and think of nothing but just chill out. beautiful blue all over with the snow adding the awe. and speaking of rain, gosh reminds me of my last trip to philippines....rain, rain, rain, please enough already! you're lucky to enjoy this on a clear day. TFS.
Cormac (26565) 2007-12-04 19:40
Great shot! This is a place that I have to visit, because every photo I've ever seen from there is beautiful. The mountain is so dramatic, with those steep sides going right down into the sea. I like the inclusion of the boats too, as they show the scale. Well done!
ViktorVaughn (1525) 2007-12-04 20:40
Indeed that is a dramatic cliff. The cruise ship beside really emphasized how huge it is! The misty clouds areound it also work really well. Looks like an incredible place, and yet another destination I must add as a place to visit.
tinvin (460) 2007-12-04 21:00
SIMPLY BREATH-TAKING, CAN JUST IMAGINE THE IMMENSE MASS OF THAT MOUNTAIN PUT SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE SHIPS...
jjcordier (79297) 2007-12-04 22:40
Belle photo, Matthew! Cet endroit est vraiment magnifique et cette montagne impressionnante.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-12-05 0:47
You're right in saying about the wet conditions, not to mention the sand flies too :) I also found out the other day that one part of the water layer is sea water and the other is fresh. Very good inclusion of the boats to create a scale of dimension to the scene. Beatifully captured and composed. Well done! tfs
batalay (40521) 2007-12-05 1:43
Over the years I've often heard of Milford Sound, and thanks to you I can enjoy it vicariously. It's a very impressive scene, rugged terrain, and a gorgeous corner of the world.
macondo (19806) 2007-12-06 5:05
This is very similar to a shot I took three years ago, in Doubtful Sound. You had better weather! It's a stunning sight, to be sure. The boat certainly helps to grasp the scale of these mountains rising straight out of the water. I probably would darken the image a bit and increase contrast a tad to bring out a bit more detail and shadow on the mountain. Very good shot, nonetheless.
yvesetnat (27) 2007-12-06 23:44
nice shot i've been there but we have cloudly wheather,very nice
vikous (2217) 2007-12-12 3:51
I can't stop looking at this photo here. I absolutely loved this place and i like your photo too though it's a bit tightly cropped at the top of Mitre Peak. Your note is very good too!
espanek (1001) 2007-12-13 3:51
Absolutely stunning view and lovely composition. This mountain looks great with a peak in the clouds. Ships bring a scale to the photo. Very nice, natural colours.
MLINES (12516) 2007-12-13 16:42
Hi Matt. You caught this famous South Island landmark very well. Including the boat as a scale reference works well. It is a spectacular place for sure and your presentation of it excellent. TFS. Murray.
ChrisJ (118895) 2007-12-23 1:28
Hi Matthew & Merry Xmas!
After a beautiful drive through the Eglinton Valley from Te Anau, a hailstorm hit, just as I arrived in Milford Sound way back in the early 80's. No problems with sandflies, luckily. After 10 mins the sun came out & eveyone boarded the boat for Bowen Falls. This area rightly gets compared to Norway. Tfs!
chawax (20760) 2008-01-06 4:34
Very nice shot. This scenery is impressive, with this high mountains falling as cliffs. I love the clouds top of the mountain and in the back of the fjord.
Tibo (1906) 2008-01-29 19:45
Hi Matthew! It looks a bit like the norway fjords. Absolutely great capture of this environment thanks to the boat which gives the scale of the nature achivement... a country I'd love to visit but I won't get the chance before a while but won't stop dreaming of. Thanks. tibo