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Charbagh or Chahar Bagh is a Persian-style garden layout. The quadrilateral garden is divided by walkways or flowing water into four smaller parts. In Persian, Char means 'four' and bagh means 'garden'. [Source: Wikipedia]
Location: Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, New Zealand. [S37 48.420 E175 18.188]
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Turtle Lake, in the picturesque Hamilton Gardens.
Entrance to Hamilton Gardens is free, and visitors are promised a variety of themed gardens, filled with flowers, trees and all that makes nature beautiful.
Location: Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, New Zealand. [S37 48.152 E175 18.306]
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Ruakuri Cave is one of two well-known tourist attractions in the Waitomo area (the other being the Aranui Cave).
According to the Waitomo website, Ruakuri Cave was discovered by the local Maori about 400-500 years ago. Key features of the cave include the spectacular spiral walkway leading down into the cave, limestone formations and Waitomo's biggest attraction, the glowworms.
The photo here shows a small group of visitors being escorted through one of Ruakuri's many attractive spots.
Location: Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo, New Zealand. [Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre: S38 15.654 E175 06.540]
Monday, February 20, 2012
Al shares the last bits of bread with friendly ducks and gulls on the shore of Lake Taupo. A little sparrow decided to tag along (far right). Not seen in the picture was a pigeon.
Location: Taupo, New Zealand. [S38 41.282 E176 03.899]
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Huka Falls is an 11 metre waterfall north of Taupo. The actual height of the waterfall varies slightly depending on the data source. Wikipedia states: "The drop is technically six metres (cliff beneath the water) but the water flow raises the level to 11 metres."
Upstream, the Waikato river narrows from roughly 100 metres to a narrow 15 metre wide granite canyon. The surging water apparently reaches a volume of 220,000 litres per second. The wildly churning waters gets its beautiful colour from the reflection of the sky, lightened somewhat by the bubbles, resulting in an unusual light-blue shade.
This image has been processed in HDR (High Dynamic Range).
Location: Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand [S38 38.977 E176 05.363]
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Huka Falls is an 11 metre waterfall north of Taupo. Upstream, the Waikato river narrows from roughly 100 metres to a narrow 15 metre wide granite canyon. The surging water apparently reaches a volume of 220,000 litres per second. The wildly churning waters gets its beautiful colour from the reflection of the sky, lightened somewhat by the bubbles, resulting in an unusual light-blue shade.
Huka Falls is a favourite spot for joggers and trampers (hikers).
Location: Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand [S38 38.977 E176 05.363]
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Champagne Pool is a prominent geothermal feature within the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area in the Bay of Plenty Region of the North Island of New Zealand. The terrestrial hot spring is located about 30 km southeast of Rotorua and about 50 km northeast of Taupo. The name Champagne Pool is derived from the abundant efflux of carbon dioxide (CO2), similar to a glass of bubbling champagne. The hot spring was formed 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption, which makes it in geological terms a relatively young system.
The orange colour originates from deposits of arsenic and antimony sulfides.
Location: Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, New Zealand [S38 21.545 E176 22.138]
A view of the Artist's Palette and the steaming Champagne Pool in the background.
Traces of mineral deposits overflow from the Champagne Pool creating coloured streaks caused by wind, thus giving the name "Artist's Palette". There aren't any noticeable colour streaks in this photo unfortunately, however the yellowish hue is indicative of a higher concentration of sulphur/arsenic.
Location: Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, New Zealand [S38 21.545 E176 22.138].
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Rotokakahi is the Maori name for the Green Lake. It is located next to the Blue Lake in Rotorua. This lake was named by the Maori for its abundance of shellfish (kakahi). It is larger and oblong in outline than the Blue Lake. It appears emerald green in colour from the air due to a shallower, sandy bottom.
Rotokakahi is 1,302 feet above sea level and 69 feet below the level of the Blue Lake.
The lake is sacred (tapu) to Maori so retains its peaceful, undisturbed beauty.
Location: Rotorua, New Zealand [S38 12.506 E176 20.199]
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Lake Tikitapu (The Blue Lake) is named as the place where a Maori chief's daughter lost her tiki (greenstone treasure). It is roughly circular in shape, and has no apparent tributaries or outlet.
It is a volcanic caldera (collapsed crater) formed during eruptions around 20,000 years ago, hence, it is deep. This lake is the watersports centre for the Rotorua district and it is also the home of the legendary Taniwha (lake monster).
The turquoise blue seen from above is due to reflection from white rhyolite and pumice at the bottom of the lake.
Location: Rotorua, New Zealand. [S38 11.548 E176 19.854]
Saturday, January 07, 2012
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This dune buggy was built (or rebuilt) out of leftover pieces from two 25-year-old Lego sets (hence the unusual combination of colours). The ultimate goal was to every single brick available in the construction... and here's the result.
The rear wheels are supported by springs and the steering is fully functional. That's not much compared to modern Technic and Mindstorms sets, but 25 years ago, this buggy was cool!
I had oodles of fun with my Lego sets. True to its slogan, I had a new toy every day.
Monday, January 02, 2012
More commonly referred to as the bluey because of its blue colours and in former times was used as a bathing pool. This large Pool collects outflows from the geysers. It is very alkaline and usually 30-40°C with a subterranean drainage into the Puarenga stream. Small mounds along the Northern and Western sides are the sinter - encrusted stumps of manuka trees (Leptospermum sp.) which once grew here.
Location: Te Puia, Rotorua, New Zealand [S38 09.822 E176 15.034]
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