Fiordlands is inextricably bound up with water
and the fact that it has so much of it. On the macro-scale,
Fiordlands is even more affected by water in a solid form: ice and
glaciers. The very fact that it's called Fiordlands is a result
of it's fiords being cut by glaciers. The same goes for it's
massive mountain valleys. Valleys are often cut by rivers and
these valleys tend to have a V-shape. When a valley has been
glaciated it acquires a classic U-shape like...well, like you see
above. This valley really is a poster-child for how glaciers
change the landscape.
This a a view to the east overlooking Lake
Katherine. Henry Saddle is to the right, beyond the valley wall.
The picture above shows the valley shape better than a similar
picture below, but the light in this picture is too pretty not to