Sunday, March 1, 2009

A very remote landscape

The weather has been trying of late, so not much to report here. However during the week I've had cause consider another expedition voyage to Fiordland, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite landscape photography images of one section of Fiordland made on a similar visit there in 2005 on board Elwing with my friends Arthur and Barbara. Maybe "seascape" would be a more fitting word to use!

Some of New Zealand's wildest coastline at peace...

Approaching Breaksea Sound in the dusk...

Looking west down Doubtful Sound...

Ice on the surface of Crooked Arm in Doubtful Sound...



Fiordland in it's natural rainy state...

Dawn from Elwing's deck - Pickersgill Harbour in Dusky Sound...

Yip, I'm going to try to get back one day! It's a haunting, very large and enchanting place is Dusky. So often too it felt like Capt. Cook and his Resolution had just left 2 weeks ago rather than over 200 years ago. He and his crew did such audacious and elegant exploration back in 1773, in the times of horrific and draconian events in Western Europe. Such a contrast in history!

The most audacious image I've ever seen made on this remote coastline is by the famous New Zealand landscape photographer Andris Apse. I really recommend clicking the link

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Anonymous Georgie said...

Amazing images D and thanks for the link to Andre's one. Incredible! I am of course happy to volunteer my services to you as a camel, cook or extra set of eyes when you next venture to Fiordland - I might see my moose! XG

March 2, 2009 at 7:48 PM  
Anonymous marg said...

THose photos are certainly very inspiring. Why do I live in the city again? Actually what a very small world it is. My now 17 year old son went on 2 journeys on the ELwing around stewart Island when he was 12 and then again 13. It was a very positive experience for him at the time. Ive been an absent commentator for a while even though I've still flicked across to your blog for inspiration - i had a family death, then funeral to attend to which was time and energy comsuming.

March 4, 2009 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Donald said...

Hi Marg

Sorry to hear about your loss - figured this had happened while reading your sister's blog, but been pretty busy so have not left a comment yet.

Yes, Elwing has been v. good for my 16 yr old as well!

Keep in touch



March 5, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

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