Photographer's Note

On my first trip to New Zealand, the long long road to Milford Sound was blocked halfway by a savage snowstorm. This time I was determined to hang about for perfect weather and got my wish. As we arrived around first light, the thick night fog slowly lifted to reveal one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. To top this off, our kayaks were surrounded by Dusky dolphins and for a while, utter peace reigned. Then the tourist planes started arriving. These little turboprops sounded like a thousand angry mosquitoes above us, but with our moods all stratospheric, nothing could ruin a perfect day. The peak to the left, Mitre Peak, soars from the water and is most emblematic of the fiord. The composition of the fiord's water is essentially briny as it is an outlet to the open sea, but with immense annual rainfall (hence the glaciers that carved this landscape apart originally), there is a thick suface layer of freshwater.

The composition isn't exactly perfect here, but I found it a little tricky with a paddle in my hand and a vessel rocking every which way!

If you get a chance to see this place, don't hesitate, but get there early.

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