Wednesday, November 18, 2009
ABC Wednesday - R is for Rotorua
This week I've been looking through my archives and decided to post eight images from Rotorua 2001. They were taken with an early Olympus digital camera and are only 640 x 480 pixels but with the modern photo-software I now use I've been able to reveal more details than were evident when I originally downloaded them.
Rotorua was one of the stops on our tour of New Zealand which I describe in my journal THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD.
We reached Rotorua on Day 22
In the early evening we were just driving around and found ourselves at Kuirau Park. On the 26th January 2001, less than two months before our visit, an eruption occurred. Mud, steam and debris were thrown into the air. Notices warn visitors to enter at their own risk and not to cross the makeshift fences.
I went walkabout discovering ash-covered trees, small lakes of boiling mud, and large swamp lakes over which hot sulphurous clouds blew. It was the weirdest scene I had ever encountered. Beyond the park were modern buildings.
Much of the grass was green, but it was not a place for picnics nor football. The fumes, as long as one stayed away from the thickest clouds were not overpowering.
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