Milford Sound, New Zealand

Ephemeral cascades, tropical rays -- The torrential downpour during my first cruise of Milford Sound might have obscured the fjord's spectacular mountains from a distance, but they did feed the many waterfalls here to an effect that could only be described as otherworldly.

While established falls like the Bowen swelled to explosive proportions, new falls spawned just for the day, quickly drying up when the rain stopped. 

That was exactly what happened when I returned, two years later.

Now, in place of the columns of water falling from the mist, majestic peaks revealed their true profiles at long last -- most prominent amongst them being Mitre Peak, named after a bishop's headwear.

Top and bottom photos were taken with a Nikon D100 digital SLR and a Nikon f/2.8 20mm D lens; center photo was taken with a Nikon CoolPix 5200 set at 7.8mm.

New Zealand 2002, 2004

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