Monday, July 14, 2008

New 7 Wonders/Nature vote #1 of 7

As of tonight (13 July 2008) the ranking of the top 21 New 7 Wonders of Nature sites has not changed.

My first of my seven choices is not in the top 10 and falls into the emotional category.

It has been described as "the eighth wonder of the world" by Rudyard Kipling.

I have been here and have tramped the trail (a very small part of it, mind you) and taken the tourist cruise. We almost didn't go as it had been raining so much overnight and was still overcast in the morning. But, patience, as the sun came out and we soon realized that the previous nights' rain only enhanced all the waterfalls. And there were many!

In an area often visited by rain, the mountain peaks rising from the waters of Milford Sound are often softened by mist and an air of almost flawless and overpowering mystic calm.

Milford Sound, Fjord
NEW ZEALAND Milford Sound, located in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, is located within the Fiordland National Park. It runs 15 km inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1200 m or more on either side. Among its most striking features are Mitre Peak, rising 1,692 m above the sound, the Elephant at 1,517 m and resembling an elephant’s's head, and Lion Mountain, 1,302 m, in the shape of a crouching lion. Lush rain forests cling precariously to these cliffs, while seals, penguins and dolphins populate the water.

Current rank: 97

Here is one link to a travel blog with some great photos of Milford Sound
and another poetic photo album link


  1. I have always wanted to visit New Zealand. Now I want to see it twice as much. Thanks for sharing your favorite place with us.

  2. One of my favourite places in the world is Halong Bay in Vietnam. It's spectacular.

  3. Beautiful place. For me, anywhere in France is a favorite but I must say that a little fishing village on the coast of Normandie has stolen my heart.

  4. What an awe inspiring picture. Thanks for dropping by my blog, I haven't had much time to look through your posts but I'll be back.


  5. Whim: if you ever get a chance, I highly recommend NZ. It has everything (and no flies).

    Jazz: I have heard many wonderful things about Vietnam, that is my next continent to visit on my virtual tour. It will take longer in real life.

    UA: I'm falling in love with everywhere the tour de France rides through.

    Emma: Thanks for stopping by. It is aew inspiring, isn't it?

  6. Apologies - playing catch-up...

    We spent our honeymoon in NZ for 6 weeks, touring both islands. It really is an incredible place. We saw our first dolphins in Milford Sound - a beautiful sight.

    For me, the image that sticks of NZ are the forests. Ancient and untouched by human interference. Hiking through the moss covered trees gives an impression of stepping back in time. My kind of holiday destination.

  7. Yellerbelly: glad you caught up. NZ has everything tucked in two small islands.

  8. Thanks for linking my site :)


  9. Peter: You're welcome. Your photos were too gorgeous to be overlooked.


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