Exploring the elements of earth, air, water, and fire through the landscapes that surround us. via Daily Post Photo Challenge: Elemental
Whenever people hear me praise New Zealand, they assume I do it because of my love for The Lord of the Rings. In their mind, New Zealand and Midle–earth are one and one cannot love New Zealand without trying to find Hobbits and Elves.
Yet, whenever I talk about New Zealand or whenever the desire to go back to New Zealand overcomes me, it is not because of Middle-earth. Yes, my interest in New Zealand was awoken by Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy, but since then, I discovered the country behind Middle-earth.
Now, months later, back home in Germany, I miss New Zealand’s flora and fauna the most. Somehow, it feels as if I’m in New Zealand closer to the four elements and nature than I’m in Germany. I lack the poetic skill to describe how even the air feels different in New Zealand. The earth, somewhow, feels less domesticated; almost wild even. Miles below the ground, fire waites to rise up again and bring destruction. Yet, the dominating element is water. I can’t remember of a time in Germany where I’ve seen as much water as I’ve seen in New Zealand.
There are many places in New Zealand where the four elements try to overpower each other. However, one of my favourite places, a place unlike any other place I’ve seen, is Milford Sound and the Fjordland Nationalpark on New Zealand’s South Island. Someday, I’ll go bsck to New Zealand and will spend more time in this otherwordly place than just a day. In the meantime, I’ll just look at my photos again and again.