Thank you everyone for being so patient for my new posting. I have been traveling and working nonstop the past few months. I am very excited to finally publish part II of my New Zealand series!
Reaching our destination in Queensland.
Known as one of the most beautiful places on earth, we took occupancy in New Zealand for a few days. We took daily trips out of the city to nearby sceneries and New Zealand continues to amaze us all.
I am so excited to share some of these places that I have visited along the way, as well as photographs I have taken.
Queenstown : We stayed in this beautiful city for a few days, and adventured out of the city every day. There are so many great activities to do in the city. It is one of the most celebrated skiing and snowboarding locations in the winter. However, the fews day that we were there, the weather did not work to our favour, and we were greeted with gloomy weather.
There are many fun spots to visit when in town, perfect for a family and friends trip. I recommend going to the small city of Arrow town. It is an important historical gold mining town that allows us to better understand the substandard living condition gold miners had to face in the past, and to better appreciate the conditions and opportunities that are available to us now.
Milford Track : On one of our day trips, we were on our way to visit Milford Sound. On our way there, we have passed by many other locations with impeccable view. Along the Milford Track, we passed by many beautiful mountains and rainforests, which resulted in multiple breaks just to take photos of the incredible scenery. I highly recommend taking this route when traveling. It felt as if I have entered the fantastical world of Lord of the Rings.
Mount Talbot : On our resting point to the next destination, we stopped along the way to visit a beautiful rainforest, where we witnessed nature's beauty at it's finest. The simple elements in nature like water and rock live in harmony despite their seemingly vast differences. It is their understanding that the key to existence is not through the destruction of each but to co-exist in "togetherness " in which both are able flourish.
Milford Sound : Also known as Piopiotahi, It is a fiord near the end of the South West area of the South Island in New Zealand. It was known as one of the world's most popular destinations. This was our destination of that day. Here we were able to enjoy a cruise along the water to truly appreciate the mountain views and waterfalls. The view did not disappoint.
Along the way back, we have made a few more stops, and we returned during night fall. I rarely see stars where I live. But a great man once said that
"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the universe to known itself."
- Carl Sagan.
We are part of the cosmos as they are part of us. There is an undeniable and unspoken language that forges a connection between us.
Ending my road trip in New Zealand, it made me reflect on my own life and how I have chosen to live my life. I realised the changes I felt by being here that my priorities in life have switched. It was never about the layers of make-up you apply on your face or the fancy new clothes that you get season after season. It was about stripping all those away and still remaining "you."
Witnessing the immense beauty that is natural around me in New Zealand gave me a new focus in life and motivation for my artistic outlet. I will be spending more time in daily life and my work, focusing on things I feel that matter, which is preservation.
I have never felt more free and alive than I have on this trip. To the great outdoors, who constantly has something spectacular to offer to those who want to see it.
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- From Flora