Low cloud over South Waikato

Low cloud over South Waikato

Sometimes you need to pull over to the side of the road. Especially in New Zealand when you see a lookout sign. Even more so around dawn or dusk. This is an early morning landscape. Looking west towards Raglan from the Valley lookout on State Highway 23. I was driving over the hills east towards Hamilton. Then on to Matamata, the home of Hobbitan for the 8:30am first tour of the day. This meant an early start for the 90 minute drive from my Air BnB in Raglan. This landscape might turn out to be one of my favourites of the day. Certainly my best landscape of the Waikato area of New Zealand’s North Island.

Lake Rotomahana

This inlet on the shore of Lake Rotomahana makes the lake look small. It is under 4 miles long with a maximum width of 1.7 miles. It is the largest crater lake in the area. Before the 1886 eruption it was two smaller lakes. Walking along the shore of the lake I took many photographs. This was my favourite as I liked the reflection of the sky and trees in the foreground. What you don’t see in this image is the frogs. Despite not seeing them, I could hear them whilst taking this photograph.

Devil’s Cave at Waitotapu

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.

Central Pools at Waiotapu

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.