Approaching frontal cloud forms a dramatic backdrop across the placid waters of Lake Taupo - New Zealand's largest lake & a massive volcanic crater.
When Taupo last erupted - evidence points to 186AD - it is believed to have been the largest eruption in historical times anywhere in the world. Fortunately NZ was uninhabited at the time but the climatic effects of this eruption were recorded in ancient Rome & ancient China. To put this eruption in perspective with other similar volcanic eruptions: Mt St Helens in US in 1980 blew into the atmosphere between 1 - 3 cu.kms of ash; Mt Pinatuba in the Philippines in the early 1990s about 10 cu.kms; Krakatoa in the 1880s around 30 cu.kms; Tambora in Indomesa in early 1800s around 60 cu.kms; Taupo in 186AD between 100 - 110 cu.kms!! and scientists say this was a small eruption by Taupo standards - 25,000 years ago there was one up to 8 times larger!! We live in a very volatile part of the world.
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timecapturer (49288) 2012-10-09 3:42
this jumps out in the T/nails and does not disappoint full size. The light and clouds are the stars here and there is a real sense of calm and tranquillity about it. Composed, executed and presented beautifully. Wonderful imagery!
Regards - Brian.
bergese (6699) 2012-10-09 4:15
Une image simple mais d'une grande beauté.Le ciel est exceptionnel avec ces nuages qui me font penser à des plumes.La présence des rochers au premier plan est bien vu.
suomi_ (171) 2012-10-10 13:44
Interesting picture. The clouds looks very good and its pure image of true nature. Its great to see the landscape of New Zealand specially the calm sea and the blue sky
siudzi (34119) 2012-10-16 12:53
Very beautiful landscape post. Especially I love the visual effect created by the clouds on the blue sky. Perfectly executed exposure and sharpness. Great work!
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2012-10-25 9:56
Hi Neil, great highlight of New Zealand's great nature. Brings to mind all of the natural springs, the clean water, the beautiful cloud shapes. Very nice shot!
ScudMonkey (380) 2012-10-25 14:09
That's a superb sky - a great capture. The rocks work well to provide necessary foreground interest.
A minor issue with the horizon, though ....
marina7 (8055) 2012-10-31 6:43
Fantastic clouds, Neil,
I don't find them ominous at all:) Just beautiful, like a giant star emerging from the lake. Awesome sight!
speedymanu (3587) 2012-11-26 14:14
Stunning, these clouds are stunning. They also form quite a lively contrast with the serenity of the water, symetry which is enhanced by your central horizon composition.
Thanks for sharing,
npecanhuk (68104) 2012-11-26 14:36
Sharpness, exposure, colors, contrasts, horizontal format, chosen pov and simple but effective composition are all very good photo qualities that really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,