This week’s Fun Photo Friday brings to you a last look of our 2019 voyage into Fiordland National Park. Next week we’ll return with views from our 2020 cruise under vastly different weather conditions.
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Today we’ll be looking at blue — Blue skies and blue water as Majestic Princess continues her March 2019 journey through New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. Above you see blue water, and below we have contrail-free blue sky:
Ours was not the only vessel here this day. There were several fishing boats out and about as well:
Much of the flora you’ll find clinging to the steep slopes here consist of indigenous silver and mountain beech trees:
Much of the ridge-hugging fog of earlier had burned off by this time in the late afternoon, but there were still some dynamic images to be taken:
Two more sunlit images of this 2019 excursion, as next week we’ll see the March 2020 return under much different conditions:
This week I’ll continue with our 2019 Majestic Princess cruise through New Zealand’s Fiordland National park. But today we’re going to concentrate on the surrounding mountains and the myriad islands that dot the waters.
Here in Fiordland there are some fifteen glacially carved deep fiords. The two we’re exploring in this series are Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, which I’ll explain in more depth starting next week during our March 2020 visitation.
Some of the fiords reach inland up to 25 miles/40 kilometers. And the mountains on view here are the southern most extension of the Southern Alps range, which traverse nearly the full length of New Zealand’s South Island.
In addition to the fiords, glacial carving left behind many islands in the waterways:
The surrounding Southern Alp peaks are tall enough to display a prominent tree line:
From tall mountains to calm waters, the views here make for quite a pleasing contrast:
And, of course, the magnificent beech woodlands add to the attraction:
The dramatic sheer drop-offs into the fiords are an added plus for the photographer: