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New Zealand: Two more geothermal formations from Te Puia on February 23rd

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Geothermal Formation at Te Puia 6875

Geological Formations at Te Puia 6689


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 14, 2015 at 5:31 AM

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  1. These wonderful pictures show us why New Zealand is such a special place to visit. My favourite is the top one. The textures are fantastic!


    June 14, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    • I’m especially fond of the top one, too (as opposed to “one, two”), because of its textures and the yellow of the sulfur that suffuses the textured surfaces of the rocks. After Rotorua you’ll have to visit Yellowstone, which provides its stones and waters with many more colors than yellow alone (as, to be fair, do the geothermal sites of Rotorua, even if on a smaller scale).

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 14, 2015 at 6:19 AM

  2. I’m not especially fond of caves, but I’ve been in a few, and the fringe edging the rocks in the first photo reminds me of tiny stalactites. The second recalls lava flows, although I’m sure the flow here is far slower than that from a volcano.


    June 14, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    • The structures in the first picture are rather cave-like, now that you mention it. The angular yellowish area near the bottom of the second photograph, hanging slightly above the horizontal surface below it, reminds me of stalactites in formation; you’d have to watch for a long time to see any lengthening.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 14, 2015 at 8:05 AM

  3. Engaging natural beauty…


    June 14, 2015 at 8:26 AM

  4. That’s fascinating! Nature is a wonderful landscaper. 😉


    June 14, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    • It is fascinating, and I could have spent more than the few hours I did spend there. So much to see, so little time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 14, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      • Isn’t that always the case. 🙂


        June 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM

        • It was also true of other things in New Zealand. For example, in Wellington I ended up doing only half a day each in the Zealandia sanctuary and the Te Papa museum, when I could easily have spent a full day (or even more) in each. Still, I’m grateful for the many things I got to experience in three-and-a-half weeks.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 15, 2015 at 11:22 AM

          • Three and a half weeks is a decent amount of time! It’s not always so easy to divide up one’s time. In hindsight everything looks different, and this sight I try not to trust though it happens anyways. It seems you made good use of your time nonetheless. 🙂


            June 16, 2015 at 12:38 PM

            • Paying to fly halfway around the world was one of the biggest costs of the trip, so my attitude was that we should stay a good while once we got there. Even then I had to give up trying to reach some of the places I’d hoped to visit (like the fjords and glaciers). Nevertheless, I accomplished a lot.

              Steve Schwartzman

              June 16, 2015 at 1:28 PM

              • No doubt that was the biggest cost. Great job making it count. 🙂


                June 20, 2015 at 12:05 PM

  5. Great shots. These are fascinating and very interesting.

  6. You must have been the proverbial kid in a candy shop with these. So interesting in color and texture.

    Steve Gingold

    June 15, 2015 at 3:29 AM

  7. Stunning images, Steve. The subtle colours are especially lovely.

    Mary Mageau

    June 15, 2015 at 7:59 PM

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