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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Milford Sound at Dawn (Photo Hunt: Heavy)

Milford Sound in New Zealand is one of the most magical places I've ever been. It is an ancient glacial fjord, a deep channel to the sea carved by retreating ice of glaciers millennia ago. The water runs a mile deep. The heavy, lumbering mountains left behind are nearly a mile high.

On our honeymoon, we had the rare privilege of spending the night on a small cruising boat (capacity 100 passengers) anchored in the middle of the Sound. We awoke before dawn to the announcement that breakfast would be served in half an hour. Dragging ourselves out of bed was more than worth it, as we got to witness the heavy fog slowly lifting over the Sound. In the eerie bluish light of pre-dawn, the hills seemed higher and heavier in contrast to what slowly became feathers of fog tickling their middles. The tiny smudge in the middle of this photo, the one that looks like a ripple in the water, that's the size of our boat in contrast to this massive nature around us.

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19 comments:

archiearchive said...

Wow - that is impressive. If I worked at it, I could tell you how heavy those mountains really are :)

Ivy Sterling said...

Wonderful picture
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pinkjagxj said...

Wow! That is such a majestic and beautiful phot. Isn't this planet we live on incredible?

Hootin' Anni said...

That is absolutely breathtaking!!!!!

If you haven't stopped by yet, I hope you can visit with me as I celebrated my birthday today!! My heavy is part of the celebration.

Karen said...

What an AMAZING sight to wake up to! And I loved your description, I was right there with you.

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Rebecca said...

That's beautiful! :)

2cents said...

so gorgeous,Great shot, thanks for sharing.

Mine is up at
4SeasonsOfMyLife
. Hope you can visit me too. Happy Photo Hunting.

Sarge Charlie said...

wow, i want to go there

Dragonstar said...

That's an incredible, awesome shot! What a place!

Andrée said...

How lucky you were to be there and witness that beauty! Excellent photo. My Photo Hunt — Heavy is here. Thank you.

Darrin said...

I've always wanted to travel down a fjord.... ever since I learned about them from a Johhny Quest episode I saw when I was 8 years old!! =^)

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Sandy C. said...

That. is. amazing. I bet this photo doesn't even do it justice.... nevertheless, it's absolutely stunning!

Maureen said...

Wow, beautiful!

Maureen
Still blog hoppin'

OHmommy said...

WOW... amazing. I love to travel. I can;t wait for my kids to see the world with me. AWESOME picture!

Huckdoll said...

Stunning. What I wouldn't give to travel there someday.

MommyTime said...

Sandy and Huckdoll, you have the word totally right: stunning. It's like being in another world.

OhMommy, I too look forward to seeing the world with my kids -- though the 24 hours of travel to New Zealand won't happen while anyone is still wearing diapers!

Katney said...

I didn't even think of heavy fog. We saw similar heavy fog in one of the fjords of Alaska's Inside Passage last suby and mmer when we were curising. Come see my heavy snow.

foolery said...

I would want to yell "BOOGA" or something to hear the echo, but I'd be way too cowed to do it. Gorgeous photo.

MommyTime said...

Hahaha, Foolery, you are seriously funny. (can you be seriously funny??) I didn't think of that. I think we might have gotten dirty looks from our fellow passengers, but it would have been very funny to try...

 

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