By Yvonne Blackwood
Last Saturday, my Theme-Day post (Part 1) shone a spotlight on The Akaka Falls located in The Big Island of Hawaii. Since I have photographs of a few waterfalls taken in different parts of the world, I think it is appropriate to share them consecutively, hence this post.
When I visited Milford Sound—called Piopiotahi by the Maori—I was awestruck by the pristine, calm waters, craggy mountains, and the inordinate amount of waterfalls cascading down the mountainside. Located within Fiordland National Park in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound was judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey—the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards. It is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination.
Milford Sound has two permanent waterfalls all year round, Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls, however, whenever heavy rain falls in the area, hundreds of temporary waterfalls plunge down the steep rock face which lines the fiord. I concluded that rain had poured earlier because when I arrived waterfalls were everywhere, the mist making photography difficult.
Milford Sound attracts more than 500,000 visitors per year, making it New Zealand’s most-visited tourist spot in spite of its remote location and great distance from the nearest population centres.
Fiordland was designated a World Heritage area by the United Nations in 1986.
Do you have a favourite waterfall?