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New Zealand: colors at Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley

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A year ago today we spent a few hours at the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua. One thing that caught my attention was the small geyser shown above. The second photograph shows the colors adjacent to the geyser. (You can connect the two pictures using the log common to both.)

And here are other nearby colors:

But nothing there beat the color of Inferno Crater Lake:

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 5, 2018 at 4:40 AM

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  1. Lovely colors.

    Sherry Felix

    March 5, 2018 at 7:08 AM

  2. I was looking at the bottom right corner of the 2nd shot, and looked up “chartreuse” – – I’d forgotten that was named for a liqueur, and I don’t think I’d drink something that color. But as part of a geothermal pool, and a range of greens, it’s actually lovely.

    Robert Parker

    March 5, 2018 at 8:50 AM

    • No, you wouldn’t want to drink any of the liquids lying around that volcanic area. Even most of the water there that looks clear and inviting would scald you. Definitely a case of “look but do not touch.”

      The name of the liqueur is French. The word is a reference to the Carthusian monks who make it. The religious order is housed in the Carthusian mountains:


      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2018 at 9:09 AM

  3. I don’t think I’d drink chartreuse either, but I’ve been considering it for my front door color. I really like how you featured color in this post.


    March 5, 2018 at 10:18 AM

  4. True… love that sapphire blue water!


    March 5, 2018 at 12:20 PM

  5. Its lovely to be reminded of the beautiful colours at this magnificent location.


    March 6, 2018 at 4:25 AM

  6. I’ve never seen a natural geyser; what a treat it must be. Is that steam coming off the photo of the lake? If so, was it a result of a temperature differential, or is the water that hot? Given your other comments about the water around the geyser, I’m thinking it must be well-heated water.

    Are some of the colors around the geyser minerals, and others algae, or some other form of plant life? The variety’s delightful.


    March 6, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    • We saw Old Faithful in Yellowstone 20 years ago. In Rotorua three years age we saw the Lady Knox Geyser,


      which was a good deal larger than the one shown here. It would be nice to finish out the trifecta with a visit to Iceland. Maybe someday.

      Yes, you’re seeing steam coming off the lake; it’s the clue that that water’s not for bathing, at least not unless you want to take your last bath ever.

      I’m sure some of the colors come from minerals, but I’m afraid I don’t know what else has contributed to the palette.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2018 at 11:04 PM

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