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ancient forest

NZ – Te Anau & Fiordland National Park

Day 11 – we retrace some of yesterday’s travels.  First order of each day is usually getting lunch and snack food!  Miles Better Pies has a cute statue out front.

Miles Better Pies

Miles Better Pies in Te Anau

Stopped along the way to practice clouds, these are the reason for calling New Zealand “Land of the Long Cloud”. New Zealand clouds

We returned to Mirror Lake, in Fiordland Nat’l. Park, where I may have been the only one in our group who didn’t sketch the calm clear waters.

View at Mirror Lake

View at Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake – I wonder how it got the name? 😉

Here we sat and painted in an ancient beech forest next to Gunn Lake. We saw faces in the trees, while parrots and keas sang above and a New Zealand robin visited us.  He tried to join me by sitting on my water container, which he tipped over.

ancient beech forest

ancient beech forest.

ancient forest

Faces in the ancient trees

A slight interruption in our travels while we waited for them to cross the road –

Sheep crossing

Slight traffic jam

Last stop of the day was in Eglinton River valley with broad horizons to paint.

Eglinton River Valley

Eglinton River Valley


Milford Sound

NZ – magnificent Milford Sound (Piopiotahi)

Day 10 – We head to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park for a boat ride through the fiord with breathtaking scenery. Luck and sunshine was with us (it’s in a rain forest with annual rainfall of 22 feet) as we first stopped at Mirror Lake on the way, before meeting up with a convoy.

Sections of the only road to Milford Sound were one lane following cyclone damage a few weeks earlier.  There was terrible flooding and several hundred people trapped up there.  So only buses and 12+ passenger vehicles were allowed in the convoy. We were one of the first vehicles in line, so we had a bit of a wait until the line was complete and we could start up.

I could have spent several days here, in this place called the pot of gold at the end of the road. My sketches don’t do it justice, but you may be able to infer by the quantity, just how much I was enchanted with this place.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound employee.

Milford Sound  Milford Sound

Milford Sound sketches

Milford Sound sketches 1.

Milford Sound sketches

Milford Sound sketches 2.

Milford Sound sketches

Milford Sound sketches 3