Said to be the most concentrated area of geyser activity in the world, Geyser Flat at Whakarewarewa near Rotorua boasts 5 geysers, three of which are in partial eruption in this photo. On the left is Kereru (the wood pigeon), at an angle is Prince of Wales Feathers, and just spluttering to the right of Prince of Wales is Pohutu, the largest geyser in NZ. Pohutu regularly erupts to a height of over 20 metres - but not in this picture. The colours are a combination of algae and minerals found in the hot waters. True geysers are found in very few places on earth and differ from a hot spring by the fact that they are intermittent or sporadic. Water, deep beneath the earth's surface boils at a higher temperature than it does on the surface. As the boiling water finds fissures & heads towards the surface it flashes into steam force out cooler ground water creating the spectacular plumes of steam & water that are geysers.
The Maori name Whakarewarewa is the shortened version of: Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao which means 'The gathering place for the War Parties of Wahiao'
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energypolice (190) 2012-12-13 0:13
Excellent photograph, excellent sharpness and details, very good composition, excellent background and lighting.
CLODO (35938) 2012-12-13 0:51
very intense saturation of the colors under a bright sun, the white smoke adding a good interest of this natural wonder.
rudiceuppens (555) 2012-12-13 3:07
Beautiful picture (colours, POV and composition) of an impressive natural site. Only, on my screen the dark blue sky is a bit noisy.
sabermonajati (11435) 2012-12-13 5:41
very interesting natural place you shot.
Sergiom (89241) 2012-12-13 5:42
Mon plus grand ręve c'est un jour de pouvoir visiter la Nouvelle Zélande , surtout pour pouvoir prendre ce genre de photos. La nature est exceptionnelle et les couleurs magiques.
Kamilutka (8107) 2012-12-13 9:04
It looks like very tasty dessert: liquid caramel on the pile of whipped cream ;-) Mayne that is why it drew my attention straight away...
Seriously now... fantastic content and good composition. Nice, bright colors. Image is sharp and well contrasted. And what is most important for me - it shows spectacular place. TFS.
irek1 (861) 2012-12-15 5:25
Hello Neil, uncommon view. Nice colors & light. Congratulations. Irek
ScudMonkey (380) 2012-12-28 15:23
Superb colours, Neil, and a great natural spectacle :-)