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.