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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Fiordland 2020; Doubtful Dolphins


Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

We’re now heading into Doubtful Sound in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. As I mentioned Monday, the views here did not for the most part compete with those over in Milford Sound, but there were some nice exceptions:

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

I will give a thumb’s up to the flora here, though. It seemed a bit more colorful than what we experienced earlier in the day:

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

And while the mountains seemed smaller, there were still some dramatic shots to be had:

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Being a wider, longer fiord, Doubtful Sound’s waters were not quite as glass-like as we had encountered in Milford Sound, but there were still on the calm side:

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

So, am I glad we came here this day? You bet! Why? Because . . . dolphins! Lots and lots of dolphins!

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Our ship had apparently stumbled through a pod of dolphins, and I suspect some fish may have been stirred up in our wake. Or perhaps the pod were just in a playful mood:

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

At any rate, the ship’s passengers were abuzz at the sight. And I was fortunate enough to have a great seat in the back of the ship because cold drizzle had sent me seeking shelter a short while earlier.

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

We’ll finish up Fiordland with this week’s Fun Photo Friday before moving on to our next New Zealand destination next Monday. Until then, one last look at Doubtful Sound for today.

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Fiordland 2020; Entering Milford Sound


Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

In March 2020, after our circumnavigation of Australia aboard Royal Caribbean’s ship Radiance of the Seas, we returned to Fiordland National Park. You’ll recall from the past two weeks that we made a similar journey through Fiordland aboard Majestic Princess, but under much better weather conditions.

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

We arrived very early in the morning at the first of two fiords we would travel this day, so the low sunlight hidden behind inclimate weather only added to the sense of dreariness.

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

But fortunately, dreariness does not mean the absence of drama or interest. While the images captured this day had a different mood, they were no less interesting that those taken twelve months earlier. And in some ways the low clouds actually added to some of the imagery.

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Our first fiord this day was Milford Sound, which English writer Rudyard Kipling proclaimed as his choice for the Eighth Wonder of the World. On this day it was easy to see why he thought that.

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Before entering the fiord the water was just a tad on the choppy side, with waves crashing along the distant shoreline:

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

But once we entered Milford Sound the waters calmed to the nearly glass-like conditions we experienced in 2019 aboard Majestic Princess:

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Milford Sound extends deeply into the South Island of New Zealand. The fiord is 9.4 miles/15.1 kilometers long, and at it’s widest point extends over 1.2 miles/2 kilometers. The maximum depth is 955 feet/291 meters, and the surrounding mountains rise to nearly 4,800 feet/1,520 meters.

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

But this day was mostly about the peaks and the clouds topping them:

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

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Fun Photo Friday — Circumnavigating Australia; Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley 2


Yarra Valley Panoramic 1

Time for one last look at our circumnavigation of Australia. Next week is dedicated to the beauty of El Paso desert flowers and a spectacular sunset as seen from our backyard. Two weeks hence begins a series circumnavigating New Zealand — another series two years in the making. Until then, here are today’s Fun Photo Friday grand finale of Yarra Valley favorites:

Yarra Valley Panoramic 2

Yarra Valley Panoramic 3

Conductor Taking a Break

Crossing a Trestle

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