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Brent Purcell / Milford Sound / New Zealand

Check out this shot of the majestic Milford Sound in New Zealand by photographer Brent Purcell.

Published on Nov 14, 2016

Carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, Fiordland boasts incredible mountains and vast valleys, their scale beyond comprehension. This is a part of the world where annual rainfall is measured in meters, rainforests hug sheer cliffs, and one-of-a-kind flora and fauna abound. The national park here now measures more than 1.2 million hectares—including Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds—and is a World Heritage Site. The Maori were the first hunters here; they fished in the sea and collected New Zealand jade, called pounamu, from the rivers. Much later, European sealers and whalers took shelter in the fiords and even built small settlements in some locations. But, overall, the sheer steepness of the terrain, the incredible isolation and the wet climate deterred all but the hardiest of Western emigrants from staying in the region permanently. Don’t expect to find any locals these days, though. No one is allowed to live here, and that’s just the way New Zealanders like it.


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