Thursday, February 8, 2018

Report #38 Fiordland National Park - Scenic cruising February 7, 2018 Wednesday Mostly sunny & 76 degrees Part #2 Of 4 81 Pictures

Doubtful Sound………

 

Beginning the trek into Doubtful Sound

 

Tall spires of the mountains

 

Much greener here

 

Mountains blanketed with beeches and brush

 

The busy bow area

 

Great spot to view these peaks

 

Walls of the fjord

 

Goes straight up

 

The Tasman Sea beyond the opening

 

Meandering scenic ride

 

Beech trees of the rain forest

 

They do get 180 to 200 inches of rain a year

 

Lucky, it did not rain today

 

Shoreline

 

Scars in the hillside are from falling rocks and trees

 

An inviting beach

 

Blue colors in the waters

 

Dramatic hills

 

No shoreline huts here

 

Bet this water is cold

 

The NCL Jewel leads the pack

 

Blue sky

 

Blue waters

 

Notice the smoke from the Jewel’s stack

 

That smoke would stay with us all day

 

Downed timber

 

Many erosion scars

 

Caused by too much rain

 

Green all the way down to the water line

 

The sun was warm

 

Clean smoke?

 

Steep canyons

 

Close-up

 

There he goes…..

 

Famous falls

 

Finding it’s way down.

 

Falls

 

Falls

 

Long way to fall

 

Sends waves of mist

 

No people allowed onshore

 

Making its way to the fjord

 

Inaccessible

 

A ribbon of water

 

Caves – good place for bats

 

Cut by the winds

 

Almost looks dry

 

Hillsides could hide some birds

 

Little human activity

 

Best way to visit the transit – from the bow

 

Granite cut by melting snow

 

One of a few birds we saw

 

Rock slide

 

Protected park

 

Looks like a way out

 

A place for boats

 

Driftwood, not boats

 

Hidden falls

 

Misty

 

Windblown

 

Can see the NCL Jewel ahead

 

Headlands

 

A perfect beach – no people

 

Sandy beach

 

Rocky shoreline

 

Pristine

 

Doubtful Sound

 

No big crowd outside today

 

Enjoying the scenery

 

Top layer of water has tannins

 

Drier hillsides

 

An island

 

Caves could be a habitat for bats

 

Marine layer of fog on the horizon

 

One lost gannet

 

A few diving boats

 

Search for black coral here

 

Gentle surf

 

Many scars on the hillsides

 

Glad the sun came out

 

Rocky outcroppings

 

 

 

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