This photo was taken in August 2009 on the South Island of New Zealand. A group of international students and I headed west from Dunedin for a long weekend trip to hike and tour Fjordland National Park. At the end of one of our hikes, we ended up on the shore of this lake, Manapouri, and took a rest. The reason I took this picture was because it was the 1st time in New Zealand that I really felt at peace and truly happy. Traveling far from can be very difficult, but I knew that I needed to capture what I could about the country that satisfied my soul. Since coming home from abroad, this picture has helped me remember what it was about my experiences that I value the highest.
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