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New Zealand: the mountain steams, the water steams

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Frying Pan Lake in the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley on New Zealand’s North Island is “deadly scalding and one of the largest hot springs in the world.” We visited it on March 5th. Below is a closer view of the shallows along one edge of the lake.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 13, 2017 at 5:02 AM

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  1. It looks like something is cooking in there!

    Gallivanta

    September 13, 2017 at 5:26 AM

    • I guess that’s what prompted the name Frying Pan Lake. What was cooking for me was the usual: photographs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 13, 2017 at 8:41 AM

  2. Any No Swimming signs around?

    Jim R

    September 13, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    • None that I saw. People foolish enough to try swimming aren’t likely to pass along their genes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 13, 2017 at 7:08 PM

      • That principle was demonstrated at the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone within the past year or two.

        Jim R

        September 13, 2017 at 9:54 PM

        • Now that you mention it, I think I heard about that. The clarity of the water is deceptive.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 14, 2017 at 9:58 AM

  3. That second photo looks like the world’s biggest pot of steamed clams. Strangely enough, the first reminds me of the sea smoke that can form here in really cold weather. Had I seen the photo without any context, I suspect I would have seen it as a winter scene — quite the opposite of what it actually is.

    shoreacres

    September 14, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    • If it’s any comfort, March 5th was still officially winter in the Northern Hemisphere. I don’t think I’ve seen the sea smoke you mentioned that forms in cold weather; your nautical experience is vast, and mine almost non-existent.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 14, 2017 at 11:21 PM


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