Luke Padgett
Fiordland Thaw
Fiordland is an alpine wonderland that towers out of the Southern Pacific ocean on New Zealand's wet west coast. Each day, water moves through 6000 vertical feet in a slow energy arc from sea to vapor to rain, ice, and stream all within a mile of the beach. It is a microcosm for every phase of Earth's water cycle.

In 2010, I was part of a team from the NZ Department of Conservation that surveyed some alpine environments for lizards. Helicopters and climbing gear allowed us to access their remote habitats, and I brought a small timelapse rig. Music by Zoe Keating. Special thanks to James Reardon and Hannah Edmonds, NZ DoC.
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