Sometimes called the Devil’s pool. This water pond is made yellow by sulfur. Having photographed this before I had always really struggled to capture the intense green yellow colour of the water. In reality its more like a highlighter pen but the camera struggles to pick it up. Usually I avoid including people in my photographs. Here I thought that the tourists on the left helped show the scale of the pool.
The central pools of the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland in New Zealand are my favourite. This look out is the best to see the majority of the geothermal attraction. The orange area in the top right is the iconic Champagne Pool. Overflowing water from the Champagne Pool brings up minerals that originated deep below the surface. As the water cools, it evaporates and exposes minerals that provide a showcase of colours. This area never looks the same each time I visit, as it changes depending on the sunlight and water level.
This sculpture is a New Zealand Gecko created by local artist Marv Richdale. Carved with a chainsaw, it is around 2 metres long and made from a pine tree. Geckos along with stinks are the only two native families of lizards found in New Zealand. This wooden gecko lives in the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland.
Having visited the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland a number of times I knew what to expect. Lady Knox Geyser erupts to heights up to 20 metres. Its induced by dropping a surfactant into the vent each day at 10:15am. This draws dozens to hundreds of tourists each day. Having photographed this geyser before, I focused on watching the people. Compared to a 2013 when I first visited, the amount of mobile phones that were held up was eye opening. Almost every other person held up their phones for a photo or video.