Lake Marian, Fiordland, New Zealand, May 17th, 2015

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Taken in Lake Marian, Fiordland, New Zealand, May 17th, 2015

My last day in New Zealand was surely one of the most beautiful days of my life. A friend and I booked a scenic flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound and while the flightseeing company wasn’t sure we’d make it due to the low clouds we decided to risk it and see what we could do. Ultimately the conditions couldn’t have been more stunning, with dramatic clouds letting streaks of light through to splash on the landscape below. It was one hour of pure visual bliss. Here you can see Lake Marian nestled beneath the craggy, snow-clad flanks of Fiordland National Park’s steep mountains. I’d hiked to Marian a few weeks before on a rainy day and getting this view from the plane was a wonderful contrasting perspective.

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